Situated at the edge of a motorway network, it couldn't be easier to make your way into the centre of Montpellier with your Avis car hire from Montpellier Airport. Within ten minutes, you'll reach the city.
Plan your journey from Montpellier Airport
Montpellier, located in the south-west of France, is a city that combines French chic with a uniquely Catalonian influence. Taking in the atmosphere of the city is relaxing enough, but there is also plenty to do for travellers who want to experience the local culture.
Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the Antigone district, brimming with neo-classical buildings. Designed by Ricardo Bofill, a Catalonian architect, the sheer scale of La Place du Nombre d'Or and the extravagant Hotel Mercure are sure to impress.
Montpellier is a shopper's dream, whether you want to haggle at market stalls or purchase one-of-a-kind items in boutique shops. The Sunday flea market is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, but Montpellier really comes into its own with its selection of specialist stores – from vintage bookshops through to a retailer that exclusively sells medieval crafts.
At night, Montpellier's streets become a hub of social gatherings. Head to the Place de la Comédie where you will find a number of cafes with outdoor seating areas. Take a seat and see the evening through in true Montpellier style.
From the moment you arrive, Avis has got your car rental covered. Whether you fancy a supermini or hot hatch for an urban jaunt, an elegant saloon for a business trip or wedding, or a people carrier for a family holiday – your perfect Avis hire car is standing by.
Beyond Montpellier Airport
Beyond the city of Montpellier, the south-west of France is full of charming villages, towns, and seaside destinations that are just a couple of hours away by car.
Perpignan Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department, and, at less than two hours from Montpellier, it is the perfect springboard for exploring Northern Catalonia in France. The Palace of the Kings of Majorca dates back to the 13th century and offers an impressive vantage point of the snow-capped Pyrenees. Be sure to check out the Arab and Romany quarter where you can purchase freshly made baklava and sip on north African coffee.
Sète The closest sea port to Montpellier, Sète, is just 45 minutes away with your hire car from Montpellier Airport. With 35km of unspoilt beach, this is the place for sandcastle building and evening beach strolls. Home to oyster and mussel beds, Sète is also an ideal spot for a fresh seafood dinner. And as this town is a real working port, you'll get an authentic sense of what working life in the region is really like on your trip.
The south-west of France is waiting to be explored in your Avis car hire. Frequent renters get upgraded – and additional days for free – by signing up for Avis Preferred loyalty benefits. Simply choose a date and time and we’ll prepare your quality hire car.
Driving rules in France
Which side of the road? In France, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws • Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device. Do not use headphones or earpieces • In towns and rural areas, on minor roads and where there is no clear indication of right of way, it may be prudent to give way to traffic coming from the right (“priorité a droite”) • Bus lanes are reserved exclusively for buses, taxis and bicycles • It is recommended that drivers use dipped headlights at all times
Speed limits All speed signs will be in km/h. For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailer:
• Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph) • Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph) • 4-lane expressways (rural areas): 110 km/h (68 mph) • Motorways: 130 km/h (80 mph) Unless indicated by road signs. Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws • It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt • Children aged under 10 and weighing less than 36kg must be seated in appropriate child restraint • Children weighing up to 9 kg must travel in a rear-facing car seat, in the back of the car only
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.