About Biarritz Airport (BIQ)
Address: Aeroport Biarritz Anglet Bayonne Esplanade De L'europe, Biarritz, 64600
Biarritz Airport (BIQ), is located roughly 5 km (3 mi) southeast of central Biarritz, France. Airport car rentals from Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Sixt and Hertz are located in the arrivals area of terminal.
The beachside town of Biarritz is situated on the Bay of Biscay in southwestern France, and primarily known for surfing and casinos. The streets of central Biarritz form a gnarled mass of narrow lanes, dead ends, and convoluted intersections that require GPS to navigate. The city’s haphazard layout radiates out from the seashore in all directions toward Anglet (4 km / 2.5 mi) and Bayonne (8 km / 4.8 mi). You’ll find a vague semblance of a street grid in sections of Centre Ville and Port Vieux, but otherwise, it’s a beautiful mess.
Your more pressing concerns should turn toward French road signs and driving behaviors of other motorists. You’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with some useful French traffic terms. Meanwhile on the road, tailgating is common, and beware of oncoming cars crossing over the center line. Generally speaking, defensive driving tactics are necessary to have a pleasant experience on French roads — which isn’t as bad as it sounds, particularly outside of developed areas.
The Pyrenees Mountains (160 km / 96 mi) and the popular Spanish destinations of San Sebastian (50 km / 30 mi) and Pamplona (103 km / 61 mi) are all easily accessible from Biarritz.
Choosing your car
The wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities available in Biarritz reflects its popularity as a tourist destination. Biarritz Airport car rentals cover the spectrum of make, model, and price. For the budget deals that are also ideal for city driving in France, look to Fiat mini and Peugeot compact cars. To wind your way through quaint village roads, the Opel economy won’t cost a fortune in fuel. For families or a group of surfing companions, your options range from Hyundai intermediate 4-door sedans, all-wheel drive Nissan SUVs, and Ford 7-9 seater minivans.
Tips and advice
Vehicles travel on the right in France, although you’ll probably see cars all over of the road.
Get acquainted with the mechanics of roundabouts before you actually enter a roundabout. It’s pretty simple in France, you either continue in the same direction, or you loop around until you reach your turn.
French roads are generally narrower than other European cities, particularly in country villages and not coincidentally, within the town of Biarritz.
Most airport car rentals will be equipped with manual (standard) transmissions, and you can ask for a vehicle with automatic, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get one. Car hire fleets have a limited supply of cars without automatic, so book as far in advance as possible.
The general consensus is smaller cars are far more suitable for navigating between — and especially within villages. Fullsize sedans are great for the autoroutes (highways), but at a disadvantage on narrow country roads and lanes.
The legal BAC for driving in France is 0.5 percent. Police have zero tolerance for drink-driving.