View Full Version : Renting a car in Villefranche

02-09-2010, 11:27 AM
I am having a hard time figuring out exactly WHERE the tender boat drops you off in Villefranche:confused3 I read somewhere there is a Hertz car rental place "at the pier" but I am not finding it...I do see several places in Nice but is that too far? Any recommendations on locations to rent a car (Budget, Avis, Hertz, etc) in Villefranche? TIA!

(This is for the 4/24 Mediterranean cruise;) )

02-09-2010, 12:02 PM
At Villefranche, the ship stay at the sea, small boat return, to small port...

I am trying to think if I see reception in port as there is a small port.. I couldn't think as last time my family and usa friend had a private driver for the day... it was excellent...

not sure about hire car...

hope someone can help you...

have you try www.cruisecritic.com


02-09-2010, 04:11 PM
In Villefranche itself you do not have many options. I spend many of my holidays as driving holidays on the Côte d'Azur. The widest selection is clustered around the train station at Nice, and even these have limited hours, or at the airport itself. The ones at the train station close midday for instance.

There used to be a Hertz that I would pass either in Villefranche or nearby Beaulieu-sur-Mer area but it is no longer there I believe.

Driving in the area can be very challenging if you are not already used to driving in France (and do make certain that you understand the rules of the road, which are somewhat unique, such as priorité à droite) The traffic can be horrendous even in the off season; I am usually there in early spring and the tailbacks on the Corniche inférieure can be long even in the off season. And parking in Nice if you are not familiar with very tight spaces can be even more challenging. Be prepared to back into a stall if you do find one in a parking house. You can also consider the parking services which will park your car for you in a park house for an additional fee - this saves having to drive around the very narrow streets.

Make certain that you search for Villefranche-sur-Mer and not just Villefranche as there are a few towns with that name.

You may also want to try www.sixt.de or www.sixt.fr as they are more local quite often.

Edited to add - you can take a TER which gets to the Nice train station in under 7 minutes http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/paca/Fr/Se_deplacer_en_TER/Avant_mon_voyage/Recherche_d_itineraires/Itineraires.aspx?depart=StopArea%7c6327%7cgare+de+ Villefranche-sur-Mer%7cVillefranche-sur-Mer%7c%7c%7c1001410%2c00%7c1868822%2c00%7c11102!0! 2%3b%7cOCE87756361%7c06230&arrivee=StopArea%7c6316%7cgare+de+Nice-Ville%7cNice%7c%7c%7c997374%2c00%7c1868410%2c00%7c 11081!0!13%3b11079!0!2%3b11078!0!2%3b11076!0!2%3b1 1074!0!2%3b11080!0!2%3b11075!0!2%3b11077!0!2%3b%7c OCE87756056%7c06000&dateA=2010%7c4%7c26&heureA=10%7c20&partirA=1&criteriaA=1&dateR=&heureR=&partirR=&criteriaR=&avance=0&sens=

Note that the agencies do close over the lunch hour, and the return is not very easy to that location

02-09-2010, 05:52 PM
Thank you!!!:goodvibes