We arrived at the Nice airport at noon on Saturday and took the shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 ( or did I get those backward?) to go to the car rental building in the parking garage. It must have been prime time, because the lines for every rental counter stretched to the door and it was chaos- every seat was full and people were sitting all around on the floor. We couldn't even see the rental counters! Spent 1.5 hours on line at Hertz, praying that the automatic car we had reserved would be available. Our agent seemed to struggle a bit to produce an automatic, but she did. They were offering a Mercedes C class ( with GPS) for 20€ a day extra if we wanted to upgrade, because that's what seemed to be most available. We rented a Golf, and wound up in a roomier Peugeot, and were happy. The local map they gave us was ok, but I would suggest getting one beforehand.