What you should know before hiring a car in Chambery
|Chambery city centre|
|Chambéry-Savoie Airport (CMF): 5 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Chambery: practical information
Where to rent a car in Chambery
Chambery is a delightful place to visit in France that is still one of the country’s best kept secrets and largely undiscovered by tourists. Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Chambery and then take a look at what car hire deals are on offer because you’ll certainly want to get out of the town and explore the area’s rich French and Italian heritage.
From the airport, choose from Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise, Avis and Europcar. The airport will be the best place to pick up a car hire, and the cheapest as the town of Chambery is quite small.
Driving in Chambery: parking and other tips
Driving in Chambery is relatively stress-free. The small city centre streets are just what you’d expect in a small, historic city with lots of pedestrian-only streets. Best to park your rental car at your hotel in Chambery and explore the town on foot. Then, when you’re taking a day trip out of the city, just zip out of town following the signs.
Road trips from Chambery: what to do, what to see
To the north of the French Alps, is Annecy the so-called “Venice of Savoie.” The beautiful medieval town is built around a 14th century castle, surrounded by small canals leading out to Lac Annecy, which is a sight in itself with its azure and clean water. Take a sail or go for a swim in the lake!
Grenoble is a great day trip to take from Chambery. It’s right at the feet of the French Alps and is a pleasant spot in winter and summer. Bastille Hill is the first stop on the sightseeing tour and then it’s off to any of the city’s incredible museums! The Dauphinois Museum is particularly interesting, with exhibits about the people and lifestyle of the historic province of Dauphiné.
France’s third largest city is a treat to visit if you love French gastronomy. There are a good many Michelin-star restaurants here so get your travel budget in order before you arrive! The city is also gorgeous, with the historic quarter on the UNESCO World Heritage list.