Although the longest way to reach your South France holiday villas, a drive through France can be relatively stress free if you take everything slowly and perhaps stay one night en route. There are several advantages to driving, including the fact that you then have your car for the duration of your stay to discover the beautiful scenery, stunning lakes or even the coast which is not far from the majority of our villas. The drive to the South is also highly recommended as much of it is through beautiful French countryside. Remember to look up online before travelling down, particularly in the summer where you may hear locals talking about it being ‘Black Saturday.’ This website can help you plan your trip.
The best option for flights to your holiday in the south of France is to fly into Nice. Nice airport has flights to and from the UK daily in all seasons, and during the summer months, the regularity of the flights, number of airlines and UK airports that fly to the coastal city increases significantly. If booked in advance, tickets do not normally cost too much, and there are regular offers. Nice airport has car rental services, permitting you to take the short trip to your villa rental once you have stepped off the plane. The flight from the UK to Nice takes about 2 hours, and is even shorter from other areas in continental Europe.
Alternatively, for those heading to our coastal villas to the West of the Var, Toulon-Hyères Airport is served by CityJet from London City Airport and Flybe from the UK. For the Provence region, Marseille Airport is also well served by all the International airlines and only around an hour’s drive away from the villas in this region.
This is a particularly attractive option in the summer, where the Eurostar offers tickets from London St Pancras or other Northern European cities to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence with one change in Paris or Lille. If you decide to change in Lille, there is no need to change station while you wait for your connecting train and the whole trip promises to take less than 6 hours. Tickets can be seen on the Eurostar website and this of course means you can relax and watch the French countryside whizz by in comfort and with fewer restrictions than with air travel.
If you decide to fly or take the train, there are plenty of places to hire cars. Nice, Marseille and Hyères-Toulon airports all have a number of hire car companies, as do the TGV stations. For more information, please look at our Car Hire page where you will see we have negotiated a discount with Rhino Car Hire for clients who rent a villa with us. The rates are excellent and we have tried and tested their service.