What you should know before hiring a car in Carcassonne
|Carcassonne city centre|
|Salvaza Airport (CCF): 2 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Carcassonne: practical information
Where to rent a car in Carcassonne
Carcasonne is your ticket to discovering south-western France. If you've already booked your flights to Carcassonne and are trying to plan your trip itinerary, take a look at the car hire deals in Carcassonne… they might convince you that some side-trips are well worth the price. Car hire Carcassonne Airport is a good place to start looking for your rent car in Carcassonne. The airport has a few car hire companies located inside the airport: ADA, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and LOV.
In the city centre, you're limited to economy car rentals in Carcassonne with Avis. They have three locations, including one at car hire Carcassonne train station. This being the case, you may be able to find better car hire prices in Carcassonne at the airport since there is more competition.
Driving in Carcassonne: parking and other tips
Don't worry about parking in Cacassonne. There is a car park at the entrance to the old town, just outside the medieval city walls. From there the whole city is pretty much at your fingertips. It is free to park in the evenings. Some major hotels also offer parking to non-guests although for particulars and fees you'll have to ring ahead to the hotel to ask about this service. If you already know you need a rent car in Carcassonne for your entire trip, book a hotel in Carcassonne with parking and save yourself the trouble of searching for parking.
Road trips from Carcassonne: what to do, what to see
Narbonne is less than an hours drive in a cheap rent a car from Carcassonne. Check out the huge limestone massifs along the beach, shop the markets, stroll alongside the canal… Narbonne is a chance to experience a true French atmosphere. The Narbonne cathedral dates back to 1272, making it a highlight on any city tour.
One hour drive away is Toulouse. The trip is worth every mile! Head to the Canal du Mini for a walk and stroll along the beautiful Garonne River passing St. Pierre Bridge and Pont-neuf while you're at it. The best way to explore the city is by bike so park your rent car from Carcassonne in the city centre and rent a bike for the day from Tisseo for as little as 1 Euro/day.
Montpellier makes a great addition to any holiday in Carcassonne. Take a walk along the Esplanade when the weather is nice. It's a long tree-lined avenue, great for shopping and dining. What really attracts though, is the old centre: La Place Royale du Peyrou, les Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Gardens), Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and the Musee Fabre (for art-lovers).