Category Archives: France


Do you need a car in Avignon? 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… Read More »


Should you hire a car in Bastia? 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,… Read More »


Should you hire a car in Bordeaux? Should you hire a car in Bordeaux? Most of the area around Bordeaux is rural. You will need a hire car to see it on your own terms. Bordeaux is the western gateway to the Dordogne region. You can fly directly into Bergerac, but wherever you arrive, a… Read More »


Do you need a car in 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… Read More »


Do you need a car in 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… Read More »


Do you need a car in Lyon? As is also the case with a city like 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… Read More »


Do you need a car in 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… Read More »


Do you need a car in Montpelier? 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… Read More »


Do I need a car in 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. There’s no doubt that the city itself is perfectly easy to get around using local trams and buses. You can also get around… Read More »


Do you need a car in 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? Do you need a car in… Read More »