Bastia (Corsica)

Given that rail-based public transport on Corsica is slow, disjointed and dilapidated, a hire car is going to make a lot more sense. To follow. To follow.  

Avignon

Avignon car hire advice – Avignon might be famous for a bridge that is only half there, and as being the former papal seat. The historic city itself, as with many other European historic cities, is naturally very compact and walkable. In terms of travelling beyond Avignon, then it really depends on how you got […]

Nice

When you hire a car in Nice, the chances are that you’ll be wanting to explore so much more than just the city of Nice itself and its immediate environs, but can you still get around this beautiful part of the world without one? Superb Scenery — as soon as you hit the roads outside […]

Nantes

The French city of Nantes is one of those places where visitors come back pleasantly surprised about how much there is to see and do, and there’s no doubt that the city itself is perfectly easy to get around using local trams and buses, or just by hiring a bike. Yet for heading anywhere outside […]

Lyon

As with Toulouse, Lyon airport serves two quite distinct functions — firstly, it caters for passengers who actually want to visit the city of Lyon itself, and secondly it caters for people who want to head east into the Alps, and who have very little interest in the city of Lyon. In terms of car […]

Tours

Tours is the natural gateway to the Loire Valley, and given the huge number of châteaux which are spread around this region, you will probably find it easier to get around in a hire car. Having said that, it’s actually surprisingly easy to visit some of the Loire Valley châteaux using scheduled public transport, with […]

Montpelier

Montpelier car hire advice – Montpelier is an interesting destination to look at, because it offers a varied mix of an interesting city with large numbers of students and varied nightlife, combined with wide-open beaches and access to the great French interior. It’s also somewhere that can be reached by a range of different means […]

Disneyland Paris

Usually, we wouldn’t include a destination like Marne La Vallée as a separate entity from the main city of Paris itself, but Marne La Vallée is actually one of the world’s top 100 tourist destinations in its own right, almost entirely due to the presence of Disneyland Paris. We think it’s obvious enough to point […]

Toulouse

Should you get a hire car in Toulouse? The city is best known as a gateway to the Pyrenees and also as the hub for Europe’s aerospace industry. Anyone flying in for a ski holiday should easily be able to take a coach transfer, but what about visiting elsewhere, or hitting the Pyrenees outside the […]

Dinard

It would be easy to assume that anyone arriving into this very rural part of France without their own car would automatically want to pick up a hire car from the airport, so is it even worth considering the option of getting around Brittany without a car? Flexibility — for all the obvious reasons, Brittany […]

Paris

Paris isn’t just one of Europe’s most popular tourist cities, it is also continental Europe’s most important transport hub for both air and high speed rail services. Within central Paris, car hire is largely pointless, but as you venture further out of the city, it might be something to consider, depending on where you plan […]

Perpignan

Perpignan benefitted quite early from the low-cost flights revolution, although it has since seen several routes scaled back. Depending on whether your local airport offers flights to Perpignan, this advice could be considered in conjunction with our Carcassonne or Toulouse car hire guides, or alternatively with our suggestions about whether or not to hire a […]

Marseille

“Fifth gear in Provence?” Marseille is one of those places that is a perfectly interesting destination in its own right, whilst also being a gateway to a number of popular rural areas, the most prominent being of course the region of Provence. To advise on whether or not to get a hire car in Marseille […]

Carcassonne

The delightful walled city of Carcassonne is one of France‘s real gems, and it is easy to happily wander around the city’s cobbled streets for hours. Chances are though that you have come to this part of France for a little bit longer than that, so is it best to hire a car in Carcassonne […]