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Biarritz Airport, near the Spanish border, is one of the best airports to fly into to reach nearby Biarritz. Located around three miles southeast of the centre of Biarritz, the airport is also ideally located for access to nearby Bayonne and Anglet, both of which are only a short, scenic drive away. Hiring a car from Biarritz Airport is simple and allows you to really experience all that this area of France has to offer.
Who to Book With
There are a number of car rental companies within the airport, including international companies. Hertz, Europcar and Avis all have branches in the main terminal, along with Sixt and National. It is possible to book either in advance or on the day with all companies.
Need to Know Essentials
In order to collect a rental vehicle, you will need the following documentation:
- A valid driver’s licence
- The credit card used when making the booking
- A passport
- A utility bill
- The booking confirmation number or email
Roads are generally well maintained, including the toll roads which are common across France. Always carry change with you for tolls. Tourists are able to use the automatic tag lanes at toll roads by simply purchasing a telepeage tag. Traffic in the cities can add to journey times. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced in France and parking in a restricted zone can result in the vehicle being towed. Petrol pumps are common, and although not all accept UK-issued cards, they all take banknotes.
Passengers can easily self-drive to nearby Biarritz, which is only a three-mile drive away. Trains and buses link the airport with surrounding towns. However, they do not run through the night, so passengers not renting a vehicle will have to get a taxi to their destination if their flight arrives late.
A train line connects the airport with Biarritz-La Négresse Railway Station. Chronoplus Line C runs services daily and the journey time is around 10 minutes. It is also possible to get a direct service to Bayonne Railway Station, which takes around 30 minutes. Tickets cost from £.080 per person one way depending on the destination.
Taxis are available outside of the main terminal building. As buses and trains do not run 24 hours, taxis are the only option for those arriving at night and who are not renting a vehicle.
From Biarritz Airport to central Biarritz is about £10
From Biarritz Airport to central Bayonne is about £15
Some hotels offer a free shuttle bus service; enquire about this service before arrival. For those without this service, Chronoplus runs bus services to many destinations in the area; however, these services tend to end at around 22:00. Fares vary depending on destination, but are around £1.50 to Biarritz centre and a similar price to Bayonne centre.
There is one main terminal in Biarritz Airport, meaning it is easy to find your way around. All the usual airport services can be found here, including arrivals and departures boards, Wi-Fi access, eateries, a VIP lounge and duty-free shopping.
There are four car parks situated around the main terminal. Three lots can be found in front of the terminal and another around a minute’s walk away from the airport. These lots are divided into short stay, long stay and economic. Prices vary depending on which car park you chose. For example, short-stay parking is charged at around £1.50 per hour, while long-stay parking is about £50 for one week.
Wi-Fi access is available throughout Biarritz Airport and access is free.
There is one information desk in the main terminal which is open from 08:00 until 22:00, Monday to Sunday. It closes at 20:00 on Saturday. Passengers can find local information at the desk, including hotel-booking services.
Service Centre: +33 5 59 43 83 83
Transport support services offer assistance to passengers with reduced mobility. Special parking is available directly outside of the main terminal and there is priority boarding for passengers using wheelchairs. Those wishing to use these services should contact the information desk for more information.
Restaurants and Bars
There are two restaurants in the main terminal. Taste n’ Fly sells snacks and sandwiches, while Le Fronton restaurant serves hot food, with traditional French food an option. Le Fronton serves alcohol, with a number of beers and sprits on offer.
There is one VIP lounge in the main terminal. This VIP lounge has an amazing view of the runway as well as access to a number of services, including catering, internet, a fax machine and complimentary drinks and snacks.
Money and ATMs
There is one ATM found in the main terminal. This ATM only dispenses euro. There is no money exchange available in Biarritz Airport.
There are a number of duty-free shops within the airport offering perfume, sprits and confectionery. There is also a Relay newsagent and a Quicksilver sports shop.