By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Bastia?

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Do you need a car in Bastia? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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

You will only really get around here without a car if you are the kind of traveller who loves using local trains and buses anyway, and who has the patience to wait for a connection.

Why should you rent a car in Bastia?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Bastia?

Bastia Car hire summary

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James says - a few trip notes:

Is it worth taking a taxi tour around Bastia instead of renting a car?

This is aimed at visitors who are considering whether or not it might be worth renting a car in Bastia for one day, and comparing this option with a taxi tour.

If you are one of the few travellers who has flown in to Bastia for whatever reason and decided not to hire a car, then taking a short taxi tour could be a useful way to see some of the mountainous terrain around the city.

As we’ve already stated above, we think that you really do need a car in Bastia anyway. Only a a relatively small number of visitors here are going to be in a situation where they have a few hours or maybe a full day in the city, and they want to consider taking a short taxi tour.

This is the kind of scenario you might be in if you have been travelling around Corsica by other means. This might be by train, by scheduled bus, some kind of organised tour around the island. You may have also arrived from mainland France by ferry.

There’s no need at all to look at a taxi tour just to see around the city. It is a compact enough place, and it is full of narrow winding streets, with many roads being closed off to through traffic. This makes it a natural place to go around on a walking tour.

Getting a taxi will give you a bit of a chance to see Bastia from above and to go on a short driving loop in any of the spectacular countryside which surrounds the city. You may have already decided that is just not worth hiring a car in Bastia because you don’t like driving on these kind of roads. If this is the case, then you may well still prefer to take a short taxi tour, because you want having to worry about doing the driving.

Should you hire a car in Bastia?


Car rental in - Bastia Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Bastia?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Bastia?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Bastia?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Bastia if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Bastia if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Bastia if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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