Car Hire at Beziers Cap d’Agde Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Beziers, known for its colourful history, was once established by the Romans but was burned to the ground during the Albigensian Crusade. It is also famous for its canal, where you can rent a boat and float along, as well as the 19th century Pont-Canal aqueduct and the stepladder of the nine locks known as the Ecluses de Fontseranes. You can get to these sights through Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport, which serves the town of Beziers and the nearby Languedoc coastal resorts in France.
Where to hire a car at Beziers Airport
With a fleet of around 200 rental cars directly beside the terminal, Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport can provide a vehicle for your needs through the major car rental providers operating within the airport. The sales and information desks for Avis, Europcar, Enterprise/Citer, and Hertz are located in the terminal, where you can enquire and conduct your transactions. You can choose different models from a number of brands provided in each outlet.
You must be 18 years old before you can drive in France, with some sources noting that 21 years old is the minimum allowable age for people renting a car. A valid licence from your home country and an official French translation on paper may also be useful. An International Driver's Permit is also required for short-term visitors from countries not belonging to the EU, EEA, USA, or Canada.
A personal ID card, passport, and a proof of insurance may also be asked for. The car you should rent should also have various accessories such as a headlamp beam deflector, a high visibility waistcoat, and a spare set of bulbs. You can enquire where you can get these, if your car rental provider does not offer them with the car.
What to expect when hiring a car from Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport
The roads surrounding the airport are D612 and D37E17, which are not as crowded as other major routes in the region. The traffic can get heavy here in the peak season, as well as during events and roadworks. The communities near this airport are Portiragnes, Agde, Marseillan, Motblanc, Bessan, Saint-Thibery, Castelnau-de-Guers, Aumes, Montagnac, Pezenas, and many more.
Most motorways in France are toll roads, so it is necessary to prepare enough funds when driving around. Congestion charges apply to some of the major towns and cities, so make sure to allot a certain amount, as well. You might also encounter one-way roads, but they are often located in the backstreets and side routes of towns with ancient history. Some of the time, you will also find the odd bicycle or two going around, so you should keep your attention focused on your driving while out on the road. If you need to refuel, you can venture to the Esso station by E80 near Saint-Thibery.
Driving around Beziers Airport
Beziers, around 20 minutes away from the airport, can be visited if you take D37E17 to D612 and follow D612 and D612B to Avenue du Président Wilson in Béziers. From here, you can go onto the exit from Avenue du Président Wilson/D612B and then continue to Avenue du Président Wilson to Allées Paul Riquet. The rush hours here usually come around in the mornings and later in the day when the people get out on the street and commute to their workplace and back again to their homes. Parking can be arranged in several accommodations here, which can make it easier to secure the vehicle before exploring around the city.
When travelling with small children, those under 10 years old are not allowed on the front seat of the car, unless there are no back seats. You should also place an appropriate child or booster seat for them, while seatbelts must be worn at all times both in the back and front seats. Signs indicating a motorway route are indicated with white lettering on a blue background. Non-motorway main routes, on the other hand, are marked with white letters on green. The speed limit on motorways is 130 km/h and 110 km/h in rainy weather. Dual carriageways are 110 km/h, while rain roads are 90 km/h and built-up areas are 50 km/h. Heed these limits, as there are speed cameras that watch out for delinquents.
Getting to your destination
Montpellier is a place to discover various historical sites, as well as museums and galleries. You will also find here the violin-making capital, where numerous makers build their fine instruments in the centre of the Saint-Anne neighbourhood near the Conservatory of Music. Plenty of parks and gardens can be found here, numbering around forty-eight green spaces to explore.
From the airport, take D612 to D612A in Vias and go on the exit for D612A from D612. Follow D612A and A9 to Avenue d'El Alamein/D65 in Lattes to continue to exit 31-Montpellier-Ouest from A9. Continue on D65 and then take Avenue de la Liberté to Place Martyrs de la Résistance in Montpellier. Tolls will have to be paid along the way on this trip that can take at least an hour. Parking can be found in various establishments, which takes away the worry for finding a space for the car.
Marseille is an amazing city nestled between the sea and hills. It was founded more than 2,000 years ago, making it the oldest city in France. Known as the 'Phocaean City', this city harks back in memory of the ancient Greeks from Asia Minor who founded this part of France. You will find here the Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas forts and the Panier district, as well as 17 museums, 42 theatres, and 7,000 cinemas.
Take D612 to D612A in Vias and the exit for D612A from D612. Take A9, A54/E80, N113, A54, and A55 to Avenue Vaudoyer/Quai du Port in Marseille. Take the exit towards Vieux-Port from Tunnel de la Joliette and then go on Avenue Saint-Jean, Rue Caisserie, and Rue Bonneterie to Quai du Port. The trip features toll motorways, with a drive going around two hours and 30 minutes. Various opportunities for parking can be found here, although it can be hard to chance on an available spot.
Famous for its appellation as 'La Ville Rose', Toulouse has a lively cultural scene and a beautiful old quarter packed with grand mansions. It also has a splendid space museum and the main Airbus factory, as well as fine food markets and restaurants.
Get on A75 in Béziers from D612 and follow A9/E15/E80 and A61 to Boulevard de la Méditerranée in Toulouse. Take the exit from A620 and continue on Boulevard de la Méditerranée. Take Allée des Demoiselles, Allées Frédéric Mistral, Square Boulingrin, Allées Forain-François Verdier, and Rue Maurice Fonvieille to Rue Roschach. This route has tolls, with an estimated travel time of two hours. Various opportunities to park can also be found here.