Montpellier is not only one of the most important cities in the south of France, but is also, thanks to its many magnificent historical buildings and the exciting mix of modern architecture, always worth a visit. The pulsating city offers all kinds of historical and cultural sights as well as a diverse gastronomic scene. In the surrounding area of Montpellier you will discover national parks, dream beaches and other impressive cities by rental car.
In Montpellier you can choose from several rental stations in the city and a pick-up station at the airport. Depending on whether you arrive by train or plane, you can pick up your rental car directly on site. Whether centrally located in the city centre or close to the motorway: the car rental stations in Montpellier offer the ideal start for your excursions to the surrounding area.
Montpellier, one of the largest cities in the south of France, offers a variety of sights, ranging from art museums to the beach. In addition to walks through the impressive streets with their historical buildings, a visit to the Musée Fabre art museum is one of the many highlights, which boasts an important collection of paintings by French painters. The botanical garden and the city's flea markets also attract visitors.
Montpellier is the ideal place to discover the South of France by rental car. The city offers freshly prepared fish and seafood, olives from the region and crispy baguette as well as wine growing on the hills around the city due to its proximity to the sea.
The old town of Montpellier is car-free, so that you can take a completely relaxed walk here as a pedestrian. In between, cosy cafés invite you to coffee and elegant bars for a glass of wine or champagne.
Nearby beaches can be reached from the city centre within 30 minutes. Those who want to enjoy idyllic nature on the beach drive about three quarters of an hour to the beautiful Plage de l'Espiguette.
Montpellier is the ideal starting point to travel to the South of France by rental car. Within a short time you reach the following destinations from the car rental in Montpellier:
|Sights||Distance with rental car in minutes|
|Hiking at Mount Pic Saint-Loup||30 minutes|
|Nationalpark Haut-Languedoc||90 - 120 minutes|
|Nationalpark Camargue||60 minutes|
The Pic Saint-Loup offers nature lovers who have made the ascent fantastic views over breathtaking landscapes as far as the Mediterranean Sea. Here you can explore hiking trails and caves or climb in the middle of nature. By rental car you drive from Montpellier to the hiking car park on the northern edge of Cazevielle.
The Haut-Languedoc National Park with its varied landscape is a paradise for hikers or mountain bikers: lakes, mountains and gorges abound here. Rare animal and plant species live in the protected park. By rental car from Montpellier, take exit 36, Castres-Mazament from the A9.
The famous Camargue National Park shows unique landscapes thanks to its extraordinary flora and fauna. Swamps with reeds offer an optimal habitat for pink flamingos, the white Camargue horses gallop across the meadows. From Montpellier you drive by rental car along the coast into the National Park.
Avignon's old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many sights to offer. The city, which was papal seat in the 14th century, is especially known for the papal palace. Numerous other interesting sacral buildings characterise the cityscape. The famous bridge of Avignon is also worth a visit.
Important information about car traffic in France
|Speed limits||in cities 50 km/h, on highways up to 130 km/h|
|Emergency numbers||Police: 17, Fire brigade: 18|
|Parking||Yellow, solid lines: No parking; yellow dashed lines: no parking; blue lines: only for authorized persons|
To get from Montpellier Airport to the city centre will only take a few minutes by rental car. You receive the keys for the rental car directly in the terminal and after a 20-minute drive you are already in the centre of the historic city.
Montpellier is the ideal starting point for many discoveries in the south of France. Its proximity to the sea, mountains and picturesque regions such as the Camargue or the Ardèche shows that the city is perfectly situated. With a rental car in Montpellier you will spend your holiday in a dreamlike environment.