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Montpellier, the capital of the department of Hérault, is the third-largest coastal city in France. It is located in the south of France and was named the "Best Emerging Culture City of the Year 2017". This interesting city is full of students and is famous for being the oldest university in France and one of the oldest in Europe.
The city has a rich and very turbulent history. Today, with its location and Mediterranean climate, the city is very popular among students and tourists from all over the world. An interesting fact is that Montpellier has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. So, you can visit this unique city practically any time of the year. Of course, if you want to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches, you should avoid the winter months.
If you are taking a road trip through southern France, be sure to visit Montpellier. The city is also known for producing quality wines. So if you want to experience world-class wine routes, be sure to visit Montpellier. Apart from the wine, you will also love the beautiful old town with its narrow cobbled streets and beautiful squares all around. In these squares, you can sit in fine restaurants and have lunch in a nice atmosphere.
But there is also a lot to see and enjoy in the modern part of the city, designed by the most famous architects in the world, and it has something special. So when you travel to Montpellier, do not just enjoy the beaches around the city, but also explore the city itself. It has a lot to offer and you will fall in love with it. There are some really interesting museums, high-quality galleries, old churches, mansions, etc that you can visit during your stay in Montpellier. So make sure you make a good plan before you come here. There are many places to visit in the city and you can make a priority list according to your taste.
Basic info and car hire in Montpellier
- Location: Southern France
- Population: 290,053
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Mediterranean climate
- Holidays in Montpellier: For public holidays in Montpellier follow this link
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Montpellier are in good condition.
- Car hire in Montpellier: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Montpellier is at Montpellier airport and Montpellier Sud de France Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Montpellier!
Driving in Montpellier
Montpellier has an excellent public transport network. So if you are taking a road trip through France and decide to explore Montpellier, you can leave your car in many parking lots at the entrance of the city and then explore the city by public transport. There is a well-developed tram network, but you can also use buses or bicycles (these can be rented anywhere in the city). However, it is also possible to get around the city by car. You should be careful when driving through the very narrow one-way streets, which are sometimes very similar, so you can quickly miss your way. As you drive around the city, there are plenty of public parking spaces available, but you should always look out for the sign with the fees.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
- Additional requirements: High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
- Children in the car: Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
- Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.
Car Hire in Montpellier
Most popular car hire at Montpellier
The most selected hire car in Montpellier is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Montpellier are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Montpellier
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Montpellier. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.
Montpellier-Nimes (60km with approximatelly 50 minutes of drive)
Montpellier-Arles (80km with approximatelly 1 hour of drive)
Montpellier-Collioure (191km with approximatelly 2-2,5 hours of drive)
Montpellier-Toulouse (240km with approximatelly 2,5-3 hours of drive)
What to see in Montpellier
Place de la Comédie and L'Écusson
This majestic square represents the heart of the city. It is one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe. This square is always crowded and lively. People come here to walk, meet friends, have a coffee and also many tourists come here because it is the perfect place to start to explore the old town. In the middle of this square stands the magnificent Fontaine des Trois Grâces. One of the most important buildings in the square is undoubtedly the Opéra Comédie, where you can attend a concert or an opera.
Promenade du Peyrou
This promenade is located high above the city and offers a breathtaking view of the city, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Cévennes mountain range. It is ideal for a relaxing stroll or sitting on the grass in the shade of trees. The park is dedicated to King Louis XIV. There is also a statue glorifying him as a warrior and leader. This promenade is also an ideal place for jogging or having fun with friends or pets outside the city.
Cathedral of St. Pierre
This Gothic church is located in the middle of the old town. It was built in the 14th century and is known for its two magnificent towers. Inside, there are amazing old organs that are worth seeing and you might even hear them if you pass by during a mass. The cathedral is open every day for tourists, so you can visit it for free.
This famous museum has a truly spectacular collection. You can admire some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to today. You can admire works by painters from all over the world. However, the really impressive collection of Italian Renaissance works and the collection of French Impressionists are especially worth mentioning. If you visit this museum, you will not regret it. You will certainly be richer for an amazing spiritual experience.
Palais des Congrès de France
This amazing centre is the true opposite of the old city. The modern design of the Palais stands out and speaks for itself. It hosts many cultural events inside and outside the building. Behind the Palais is the Pavillon Populaire, which hosts many photography exhibitions throughout the year. But one of the most famous facilities in the Palais is undoubtedly the Berlioz Opera House. This world-famous opera house is known for its acoustics and if you have the opportunity to attend a performance, do not miss it. You will be blown away by the sounds and performances of this amazing artist.
Drive your rental car beyond Montpellier
If you are in Montpellier and have rented a car, you can visit some amazing places outside the city. If you are looking for those fantastic sandy beaches that everyone talks about, they are only 15 kilometres away from you. But if you want to explore more than just the beaches, you'll have plenty to see and do as well. There are so many wonderful little towns around Montpellier that you will fall in love with this region. One of these towns is Sète. The town is surrounded by water and has a network of canals running through it. The town has a beautiful harbour that became very important throughout history due to the export of wine. The town is also known for fishing, which means you can also dine at some great seafood restaurants. Another very charming city that you should visit is Nîmes. It is famous for its well-preserved Roman arena. The city, in general, has a rich history, having been founded 600 years before Christ. Today, you can not only visit the historical remains but also linger in many bars and restaurants in the old town. Another historical city worth visiting in Arles. Here there are many well-preserved buildings from the Roman era that are open to tourists. Also, every Saturday this city hosts a famous market where you can buy practically anything. Near the border with Spain is the Catalan gem Collioure. This amazing little town was one of the favourite places of many famous French painters in the past. They all said it was because of the light and the view. And if you go there, you will know what they were talking about.
For those who do not feel like visiting cities, but prefer a more active holiday. There is plenty to do in this part of the country as well. There are many good hiking trails that you can walk. One of them is the Pic Saint-Loup. There is also a very popular destination with the locals, Lake Salagou. This is an artificial lake where you can do many activities. Various water sports, hiking, biking, horseback riding, etc.
So if part of your road trip is Montpellier, be sure to explore the surrounding area as well. The roads are in good condition and the views are breathtaking, so just buckle up and drive safely.
Enjoy the culture in Montpellier
Where to eat, drink, and party in Montpellier
Gastronomy in Montpellier, as in all of France, is a very important part of life. The people here really know how to enjoy it and you have the great opportunity to enjoy this fabulous taste of French cuisine as well. Of course, in Montpellier, as everywhere in big cities, you can enjoy food from all over the world. There are so many different restaurants with different menus that every taste can be satisfied in this city.
Some spectacular places specialize in brunch and small meals. These establishments offer truly unique menus and you will want to try them all. Exploring gastronomy in Montpellier can be a really fun experience. You will find Michelin-starred restaurants, but besides that, there are also many affordable restaurants with delicious food all over the city.
There is one thing that many people here consider to be the most important part of gastronomy in Montpellier. The wine. The wines here are real quality wines and you can try all the varieties of this golden pride of France.
Best restaurants in Montpellier:
The Babel Community Montpellier
Sumac Falafel Bar and Mezze
Tartine et sac-a-dos
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in France?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in France?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in France?
Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in France?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in France?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?
Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How to hire a car in France?
You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire.
How much is it to rent a car in France?
It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day.
Can you rent an automatic car in France?
Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle.
Can I rent a car in France?
Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)
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