Car & Van Hire in Saint-Étienne

Enterprise car hire locations in Saint-Étienne

Situated on the road connecting Lyon and Toulouse, Saint Etienne mixes its industrial heritage with areas of stunning natural beauty, within easy reach of the city. With a car in Saint Etienne, you will be able to reach some of the most picturesque villages in France, and historic sites left by cultures that have called this part of France home. Our Saint Etienne branch is located within easy reach of France’s motorway and road network, making the city a good base for exploring and experiencing the Rhone-Alpes region.

Our Vehicles for Hire in Saint-Étienne

Whichever direction you prefer, you have the flexibility to choose your own itinerary with a car. You also travel in comfort with one of our safe and clean vehicles. Our fleet in Saint Etienne includes cars of all sizes. You can choose from minis, compact cars, saloons, and more. Our fleet also includes SUVs if you need more power and space. If you are travelling in a group, we supply people carriers so your friends or family (and their luggage) can travel comfortably.

Cheap Car and Van Hire in Saint-Étienne

From large people carriers to smaller economy cars, Enterprise Rent-a-Car guarantees cheap rates on car hire from our Saint Etienne branch. Our economy cars are renowned for being cheap to hire as well as low running costs with great fuel efficiency. Book online in advance for our cheapest prices, alternatively book in branch and get the car that suits your needs.

Moving house? Moving furniture? Enterprise has vans available at our Saint Etienne branches to ensure that you can get a vehicle to suit your needs. From smaller passenger vans to larger commercial vans – give our branches a call or book online to guarantee you a van hire that will suit your needs. Van hire is cheap and easy through Enterprise online or in branch, we promise to provide a vehicle to suit you for as long as you require it.

Airport Car Hire

Enterprise’s branch at Lyon Airport lets you get on the road soon after your flight arrives. Our professional staff serve you from a dedicated counter in the terminal. With cars within walking distance of the arrivals area, pick-ups and drop-offs are hassle-free. Lyon Airport is an hour northeast of Saint Etienne. From the airport, travel northwest towards Lyon on the A43 and then take the A46 southwest towards Saint Etienne on the A47.

Attractions in Saint-Étienne

Known for its mix of art and history, Saint Etienne is a city of elegant buildings and leading museums. The Musée d’Art Moderne houses one of France’s largest collections of modern and contemporary art. Opened in 1987, the museum features 19,000 pieces, including works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Magnelli, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Raoul Hausmann and others. Saint Etienne is also home to the Musée de la Mine, a museum dedicated to the region’s mining history. The museum is located at the site of a former coal pit and is also a show mine, with rebuilt historical buildings.

Places to Visit Outside Saint-Étienne

With a hire car in Saint Etienne, you are within a short drive of some of the most striking landscapes in Rhone-Alpes. The Loire is France’s longest river, and gorges close to Saint Etienne offer a dramatic backdrop for picturesque villages and castles. The Gorges de la Loire is about an hour north of the city. River cruises let you see the gorge from a spectacular perspective. Other attractions include Chambles, a medieval hilltop village with a panoramic view of the gorge. You can also visit the Château d’Essalois, a castle in Chambles, with views of Grangent Island on the Loire.

When driving, you can follow routes once used by Carthusian monks to Saint-Croix-en-Jarez. The beautiful village is the site of a 13th-century monastery that was used until the French Revolution in 1792. About 37 kilometres from Saint Etienne, the village is within the Parc Naturel Regional de Pilat. Covering an area of about 65, hectares (16, acres), the park boasts magnificent mountain terrain and postcard-perfect towns dotting the countryside. Pilat is a popular destination for trekking and mountain biking, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. With your Saint Etienne car rental, you will be able to explore remote and inspiring spots.

Being on the road in Saint Etienne also lets you venture to France’s third largest city. Lyon is about an hour north-east of Saint Etienne, via the A47 and A7. The historic capital of the Rhone-Alpes Region, the city is known for its vibrant culture and delicious gastronomy. Founded by the Romans, Lyon’s highlights include the remains of Roman theatres in Fourvière and Vieux Lyon. Fourvière Basilica and St. Jean Cathedral are also stunning landmarks in the city.

Parking and Traffic Information in Saint-Étienne

A rental car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Like many cities, Saint Etienne can see congestion in the city centre and along major routes during peak hours. Car parks are found in and around the city centre, including at the Hotel de Ville.