Getting car hire at Chambéry Airport (CMF) is an easy way to start your trip off with absolute flexibility. The airport is located seven miles from the city centre and your own car is likely to be the fastest way to get there. With your own vehicle, you can always choose whether you wish to head straight to the ski slopes or instead visit the historic cities nearby such as Chambéry or Aix-les-Bains.
When picking up your car hire at Chambéry Airport make sure it includes the necessary gear required by law in France. These include a warning triangle, reflective vest, and snow chains if you are travelling in the winter months. Check that this gear is available and functional. You may also wish to test the snow chains while you're at the airport so staff can assist you in putting them on and taking them off if you are inexperienced. This will also help avoid the possibility of discovering that the snow chains are broken or don't fit when you actually need to use them.
Returns are usually made to the same lot that you picked your vehicle up from. Some providers such as Enterprise offer one-way hire for those who wish to return their car without returning to the airport. It is generally easiest to return your car during your provider's opening hours when you can process the paperwork and inspect the vehicle with a staff member to get everything finalised. However, if you have a late-night or early-morning flight most providers offer after-hours return. Make sure to check your vehicle thoroughly for any of your belongings before returning it.
As Chambéry is located close to the border between Switzerland and France, you may wish to take your car across the border. Cross-border hires are offered by some providers including Alamo and Enterprise. A cross-border hire may limit your vehicle options but will give you even more freedom and flexibility in where you can go. You will need to book ahead of time, and it may incur an extra fee.
Book your car hire at Chambéry Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car at Chambéry Airport
You can find the counters for your Chambéry Airport car hire right outside the main terminal, conveniently located in the airport parking lot. All the companies are grouped together so no matter your provider simply follow the signs to the service desks to find the relevant one. After your paperwork and payment have been processed the staff will be able to direct you to your vehicle right away.
A wide range of vehicles are available and you can browse KAYAK to find one that suits your needs. Larger vehicles such as people carriers, SUVs and passenger vans of varying sizes will suit those who require lots of space for passengers, and luggage such as skis and snowboards for those headed to the slopes. Minis and compact cars are available for those who prefer to travel light and limit petrol consumption. Be aware that if you are under the age of 25 then certain types of vehicles may not be available for you to hire.
When picking up your car hire at Chambéry Airport you will need your driver's licence and passport ready to present to the service desk. You will also need confirmation of your booking which we recommend printing out ahead of time. Most companies will also ask that you pay your deposit with a credit card and that the expiry date is after the date of your return. Some companies will also require an extra document to prove your address such as a bank statement or bill.
Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Chambéry Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, and Sixt.