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About Montpellier

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 really 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 really 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. 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 lookout 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 really 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.


Musée Fabre

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 definitely not regret it. You will certainly be richer for an amazing spiritual experience.


Palais des Congrès de France

This amazing center 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.

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    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 kilometers 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 harbor 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 is 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 favorite 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.

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    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.

    There are some spectacular places that 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:

    The Babel Community Montpellier

    Temps d'Aime

    Sumac Falafel Bar and Mezze

    Restaurant Ebullition

    Tartine et sac-a-dos

    Le Bistrok


What you need to know about renting a car

How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

What are the charges for security deposits?

Every car rental has its security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

What if I would like to change my booking?

If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

How do I cancel my booking?

You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

When do I pay for the rental car?

You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

What is included in the price?

Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

Are there any hidden fees?

There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

  • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
  • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
  • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
  • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
  • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

What is a voucher and why do I need it?

A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

What is an airport or premium location fee?

Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

How do I get the cheapest car hire?

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 Alicante!

How many countries does Orbit Car Hire compare?

We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

What currency should I use to pay for the car?

You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

What is the cheapest car to rent?

The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

What payment methods are accepted by Orbit Car Hire

You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

Can I drop off my car at a different location?

Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for a one-way car hire. 

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