Hello. My friends and I will visit Nice by the end of the month and as early as now I'm fixing all the things that we need, and that includes transportation. I'm thinking of opting car rentals as it's an efficient way to move around the city. Do you guys know any reputable and affordable rental company? We're from Asia so we need a car rental company who could speak in English, not French. Thanks!
Firstly, Nice itself is small enough to be explored on foot, however, you will need a car for many of the attractions inland (arrieres pays).
It probably makes sense to rent from an international company at the airport. That way you can collect or return it when you need to be there for a flight and it is easy to get to by shuttle bus, etc.
It might be worth checking prices with the rental majors, and comparing with https://www.europcar4easyjet.com (enter an Easyjet flight No if asked to get the discount, even if you are not flying with them) and brokers such as www.autoeurope.com . They will speak English.
Note that there are train services from Nice, too. The rail website is http://sncf.fr/en_EN/flash . It is possibly the worst website I've ever used, but good luck anyway !
It's a mistake to think that a car is an efficient way to move around in Nice: the city is small, and the center is very full, so both driving and parking will be quite problematic.
Better use public transport.
I've spent three holidays in Nice in recent years and we go entirely because you can go everywhere on foot.
A large part of the attraction of Nice itself is wandering the Promenade des Anglais, and the Quai des Etats Unis into the Old town.
Place Massena and the shopping districts are all central and the new tram system is superb, clean and quiet.
Our first two visits were during the construction of the tram system and traffic was appalling. This time however, traffic was so quiet (and we went in July) that we thought the economic crisis had taken its toll. But no! It's simply the result of the tram system being finished and taking a lot of commuters off the roads.
If you want to visit Monaco and other surrounding areas, there are plenty of tour operators - depends how far afield you want to go.
I can also strongly recommend the Goldstar Resort Suites as a place to stay.