Car & Van Hire in Bastia

Enterprise car hire locations in Bastia

Bastia is a modern port city on the eastern coast of the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. The city is famous for its warm, temperate climate, its magnificent coastline, which marks the start of the craggy cliffs of the Cap Corse peninsula to the north, and its wines. Bastia is an internationally famous tourist resort but has managed to preserve its typically Mediterranean appearance, its flamboyant Baroque heritage and its authentic heart and soul. The vineyards of Patromio, which are responsible for arguably the most delicious vintages of red wine available on the island, are only a short drive from Bastia. So, too, is the Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch at Bastia Airport, approximately 12 miles, or less than 30 minutes' drive, south of Bastia via Territoriale 11 (T11).

Our Vehicles for Hire in Bastia

Enterprise offers all manner of options for car rental in Bastia. The range of available cars naturally includes economy and compact models for fuel-conscious motoring in and around town. Stop-start driving is fuel intensive, but if you are travelling further afield, you may need something more classy, comfortable and capacious to meet your needs. If so, you might like to consider a premium model, perhaps even a coupe or convertible, to make the most of your Corsican driving experience.

Cheap Car and Van Hire in Bastia

Enterprise is a household name known for its affordable rates and offers its best deals on Bastia car hire to customers who book online. Further savings are available to customers who pay for their car hire in advance; the Enterprise Plus loyalty programme allows members to earn points that can be redeemed for free rental days on qualifying rentals, and coupons, discounts and other special offers are available to customers who sign up for Email Extras.

Airport Car Hire

Public transport in Bastia – and, indeed, in Corsica as a whole – is quite poor. Consequently, visitors may find that the preferred solution is to hire a car immediately at the airport. The Enterprise branch is conveniently located in the arrivals hall at Bastia Airport. The D507 road outside the airport connects to the T11, the main road to Bastia. Direct flights from Bastia Airport operate to nine countries and 37 destinations within Europe, including London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels.

Attractions in Bastia

All the historic attractions in Bastia lie in the Terra Vecchia, built around the central part of the harbour, or the Terra Nuova, which lies to the south around the former walled city, known as the Citadelle. The Governors' Palace, started in 1380 by the Genoese governor Leonello Lomellini, now houses the Municipal History Museum, and together with the Cathedral of Sainte Marie and the Oratory of La Sainte Croix, bears witness to the rich history of Bastia. The many beaches in the Bastia area, some of which are sandy, offer opportunities for swimming and water sports in the clear waters of the Mediterranean.

Places to Visit Outside Bastia

Bastia is a perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding areas, to the north and south. Approximately 17 miles, or less than 60 minutes' drive, north of Bastia, a ridge of mountains on the Cap Corse peninsula backdrops charming fishing villages. To the south, the Pond of Biguglia, or Pond of Chirlino, is the largest lagoon on Corsica, with varied flora and fauna, including over 100 species of migratory birds. The lagoon is just 30 minutes' drive away from Bastia. Inland excursions to the wine route of the Conca d'Oro, which includes the vineyards of Patrimonio, are also popular.

Parking and Traffic Information in Bastia

The largest car parks in Bastia are Parc Saint-Nicolas, on the T11, which offers 90 inside and 410 outside parking spaces, Parc de la Citadelle, on Rue César Vezzani, which offers 382 underground parking spaces, and Parking de la Gare, on Rue Marcel Paul, which offers 365 multi-storey parking spaces. Smaller car parks, some of which are free, are dotted around the town, and limited on-street parking is available. On the whole, the roads in Bastia are in a good state of repair and traffic is tolerable. However, it is worth remembering that Bastia ferry port is one of the busiest French ports for passenger traffic, so allow extra time if you are travelling just after ferry passengers have disembarked, particularly during rush hour.