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        About Bastia

        Bastia lies on the rugged coast of the Mediterranean and is the picturesque gateway to the enchanting island of Corsica. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes, this charming city offers visitors an unforgettable experience that seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern amenities.

        Begin your exploration of Bastia with a stroll through the historic old town, where narrow cobbled streets lead to hidden squares with quaint cafés and lively markets. Discover the city's fascinating past as you admire the well-preserved Genoese architecture of the imposing citadel, which offers panoramic views of the glittering sea and distant mountains.

        For those wishing to experience Corsican cuisine, Bastia is home to several delicious restaurants and taverns serving traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Savour tasty charcuterie, freshly caught seafood, and delicious cheeses with a glass of strong Corsican wine while enjoying the warm hospitality of the islanders.

        No visit to Bastia would be complete without exploring its breathtaking natural beauty. Take a scenic drive along the rugged coastline to discover hidden coves and unspoiled beaches where azure waters border golden sands framed by lush greenery. Or venture inland to explore the rugged mountains and verdant forests that harbor picturesque mountain villages and waterfalls.

        At Orbit Car Hire, we make it easy for you to explore all that Bastia and Corsica have to offer. With our wide range of hire vehicles, including compact cars, SUVs, and luxury saloons, you have the freedom and flexibility to create your unforgettable trip. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or an adventurous road trip, our friendly team will be happy to help you find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs and budget.

        With its captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, Bastia invites you on a journey of discovery that is second to none. So why wait? Start planning your Corsican adventure with Orbit Car Hire today and let the magic of Bastia work its magic on you.

        Basic info and car hire in Bastia

        • Location:  Corsica
        • Population: 44,070
        • Official language:  French
        • Currency:  Euro
        • Weather:  Corsica typically experiences a Mediterranean climate
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Bastia are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Bastia:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Bastia is at the Bastia Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks before 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 Bastia!

         Driving in Bastia

        Experience the freedom and flexibility to explore Bastia and its surroundings at your own pace with Orbit Car Hire. Exploring the charming streets of Bastia by car offers you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Corsican culture while enjoying the comfort of a modern means of transport.

        With a hire car from Orbit Car Hire, you can drive effortlessly through the narrow cobbled streets of Bastia's historic old town, where hidden treasures await around every corner. Explore the city's landmarks, from the imposing Genoese citadel to the bustling markets with their local delicacies.

        Venture beyond the city limits and discover the breathtaking beauty of Corsica's rugged coastline and picturesque countryside. With your vehicle, you can take scenic drives along the winding coastal roads, stopping now and then to enjoy the panoramic views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains.

        Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or an adventurous road trip, Orbit Car Hire has the perfect vehicle for your needs. Our wide selection of hire cars ensures that you have the freedom to create your unforgettable journey through Bastia and beyond.

        So why wait? Start planning your Corsica adventure with Orbit Car Hire today and experience the joy of exploring Bastia by car.

        • Age limits: 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.
        • International Driving Permit:  to provide an international driver's license. Drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as their standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in Corsica.
        • Additional papers:   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. 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.
        • Additional requirements:  Warning triangle, First Aid Kit, Spare Wheel and Tools, Fire Extinguisher, Reflective Vest
        • Children in the car:  Child Restraint System (CRS): Children must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system according to their age, weight, and height. This typically means using a car seat, booster seat, or booster cushion. The specific regulations regarding child restraint systems can vary depending on the age and size of the child, so it's essential to adhere to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and local laws. Seat Belt Usage: Ensure that all passengers, including children, are wearing seat belts or are appropriately secured in child restraint systems at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Age and Size Requirements: Children under a certain age or size may be required to use specific types of child restraints. For example, infants and toddlers typically require rear-facing car seats, while older children may transition to forward-facing car seats, booster seats, or seat belts based on their size and age. Prohibition of Front Seat Usage: In many jurisdictions, it's illegal for children to sit in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with airbags if they are under a certain age or size. This is because airbags can pose a significant risk to young children in the event of a crash.
        • Driving side of the road: the right-hand side
        • Lights:  In Corsica and Europe, it's mandatory to use headlights during certain times and conditions, as per local regulations and common road safety practices. Here are some general guidelines:

          Nighttime Driving: When driving at night, headlights must be turned on. This is a standard safety practice to improve visibility for both the driver and other road users.

          Low Visibility Conditions: In conditions of reduced visibility due to factors such as fog, rain, snow, or mist, headlights should be used to make the vehicle more visible to others on the road.

          Tunnel Driving: When driving through tunnels, headlights are typically required to be turned on regardless of the time of day. This helps maintain visibility and safety in enclosed spaces.

          Dusk and Dawn: Some regions may require headlights to be used during the periods of dusk and dawn, especially if visibility is reduced due to lighting conditions.

          Daytime Running Lights (DRL): In some countries, including many in Europe, vehicles are equipped with daytime running lights that automatically illuminate when the engine is running. These lights enhance the vehicle's visibility during daylight hours and are separate from the main headlights.

        • General speed limits: Urban Areas: The speed limit is typically 50 kilometers per hour (31 miles per hour) within urban areas unless otherwise posted.
          Rural Roads: On rural roads outside of urban areas, the speed limit is usually 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour), unless otherwise indicated.
          Dual Carriageways and Motorways: On dual carriageways (divided highways) and motorways, the speed limit is commonly 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour) or 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour) where indicated.

        Car Hire in Bastia

        Most popular car hire at Bastia

        The most selected hire car in Bastia is the Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Bastia are mini, economy, and compact..

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Bastia

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        • Bastia - Ajaccio (149km with approximately 2.5 hours of drive) 
        • Bastia - Calvi (113km with approximately 2 hours of drive) 
        • Bastia - Propriano (182km with approximately 3.5 hours of drive) 
        • Bastia - Bonifacio (172km with approximately 2.5 hours of drive)

        Popular day trips from Bastia

        Discover the wonders of Corsica beyond Bastia with a day trip from Orbit Car Hire. From unspoiled beaches to picturesque hilltop villages, there are plenty of treasures waiting to be discovered just a short drive from the bustling city.

        Embark on a scenic drive along the rugged coastline to the charming town of Saint-Florent, known for its crystal clear waters and lively marina. Spend the day on unspoiled beaches, explore historic sites such as the Citadelle de Saint-Florent, or sample local delicacies in the waterside cafés.

        To get a flavor of Corsica's rich history and culture, head inland and discover hidden gems such as the village of Patrimonio, known for its vineyards and traditional stone houses. Explore old churches, hike through olive groves and enjoy wine tastings at local wineries.

        Nature lovers will enjoy day trips to the breathtaking Agriates Desert, where golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see and turquoise waters invite you for a refreshing swim. Or head inland to the breathtaking Asco Valley, where towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque hiking trails await you.

        With Orbit Car Hire, you have the freedom to create your unforgettable day trips from Bastia. Our wide selection of hire vehicles ensures you have the perfect vehicle to explore Corsica's hidden gems at your own pace.

        So why wait? Start planning your Corsican day trip with Orbit Car Hire today and discover the beauty of the treasures surrounding Bastia.

        What to see in Bastia

        Located on the rugged coast of Corsica, Bastia attracts travelers with its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking scenery. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Bastia offers a variety of experiences that are sure to captivate and inspire you.

        Start your exploration of Bastia in the charming old town, where narrow cobbled streets lead to hidden squares and historic sights. Admire the imposing Genoese citadel that towers high above the city and explore the bustling markets filled with local delicacies and handicrafts. Don't miss the opportunity to sample traditional Corsican cuisine in one of the many restaurants and cafés scattered throughout the city.

        For history buffs, Bastia offers a wealth of cultural attractions, including the Museum of Corsica, which displays artifacts and exhibits from the island's fascinating past. Stroll through ancient churches, explore historic fortresses, and discover hidden gems in the city's winding streets.

        Nature lovers will delight in Bastia's stunning natural beauty, from the rugged coastline to the lush green hillsides that surround the city. Take a stroll along the waterfront, relax on the sun-kissed beaches, or explore the inland scenic hiking trails and picturesque vineyards.

        With Orbit Car Hire, you have the freedom to explore all that Bastia and Corsica have to offer at your own pace. Our wide range of rental vehicles ensures you have the perfect vehicle for your needs and preferences, whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or an adventurous road trip.

        So why wait? Start planning your Corsica adventure with Orbit Car Hire today and discover the enchanting beauty of Bastia, where history, culture, and natural splendor meet.

        Drive your rental car beyond Bastia

        Corsica, the jewel of the Mediterranean, beckons with its rugged coastlines, picturesque villages, and untamed natural beauty. The best way to experience this enchanting island? Behind the wheel of a hire car from Orbit Car Hire. Let us guide you to the wonders of Corsica and embark on an unforgettable road trip adventure.

        1. Freedom to explore

        With a hire car from Orbit Car Hire, you have the freedom to explore Corsica at your own pace. Say goodbye to rigid tour plans and embrace spontaneity as you chart your course through the island's diverse landscapes. From enchanting coastal towns to remote mountain villages, Corsica is at your feet.

        2. Scenic cruises along the coast

        Corsica has some of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world. Take the picturesque Route des Sanguinaires along the west coast, which winds past rugged cliffs and hidden coves with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Or venture to the Cap Corse peninsula in the north, where winding roads snake along the coast and offer panoramic views at every turn.

        3. Explore charming villages

        No road trip in Corsica is complete without exploring the charming villages. Stroll through the narrow streets of Bonifacio, perched high on the limestone cliffs, or lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways of Porto Vecchio with its old Genoese fortress. Don't miss the picturesque village of Piana, set amidst the breathtaking rock formations of the Calanques de Piana.

        4. Outdoor adventure

        Corsica is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and a hire car from Orbit Car Hire is your ticket to adventure. Explore the rugged interior of the island with its dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and high mountain peaks. Hike the legendary GR20, cross the Aiguilles de Bavella mountain range, or kayak through the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Porto.

        5. Culinary delights

        No road trip to Corsica would be complete without sampling its culinary delights. Stop off at roadside cafés and family-run trattorias to sample traditional Corsican dishes such as wild boar stew, charcuterie, and creamy brocciu cheese. Drink a glass of local wine or a refreshing Pietra beer brewed with chestnut flour.

        6. Book your Corsica adventure with Orbit Car Hire

        Are you ready to explore Corsica? Book your hire car with Orbit Car Hire and open the door to adventure. With our convenient car hire service and competitive prices, you'll have everything you need to make your Corsica road trip dreams come true. Start planning your ultimate Corsica adventure with Orbit Car Hire today.


        Visit Bastia

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Bastia

        Bastia, a culinary oasis in Corsica, offers a tantalizing variety of flavors waiting to be savored. From fresh seafood to flavorsome charcuterie and artisan cheeses, the cuisine here celebrates the island's rich culinary heritage.

        Explore the town's lively markets and charming cafés, where you can sample local specialties such as wild boar stew, hearty chestnut soup, and delicious pastries. Don't miss the opportunity to pair your meal with a glass of Corsican wine or a refreshing Pietra beer, which is brewed with chestnut flour and has a unique Corsican flavor.

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can embark on a culinary journey through Bastia and beyond to discover hidden gems and enjoy the flavors of Corsica at your own pace. Start planning your gastronomic adventure today and experience the best of Corsican cuisine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Best restaurant in Bastia

        1. A Mandria
        2. L'Abri Côtier
        3. Le Caruso
        4. U Paisanu
        5. Le Saint-Jean
        6. La Litorne
        7. La Plage
        8. U Fanale
        9. L'Ancre Bleue
        10. Chez Vincent


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

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

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a 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 the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. 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 the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside 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 (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure 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 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, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A 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 that, 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 refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        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, and 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 of the pickup country. 

        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 a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire 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 a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when 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 see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world.