Car Hire at Carcassonne Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
While Carcassonne is famed for the medieval fortress Cité de Carcassonne, there are plenty other majestic structures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites all around south-western France. Discover them all and the scenic routes on the way by renting a car at Carcassonne Airport; a car rental will allow you to tour the region with ease and comfort.
Where to hire a car at Carcassonne Airport
Car rental operators located at Carcassonne Airport include major providers Avis, Hertz, and Europcar. The counter for Avis at this location is open 12:45PM to 3:45PM and 5:00PM to 6:00PM Monday, 10:15AM to 2:00PM and 5:00PM to 5:45PM Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30AM to 11:00AM and 11:45AM to 5:54PM Wednesday, 12:45PM to 3:45PM and 5:00PM to 5:45 PM Friday, 8:45AM to 11:15AM and 12:00PM to 5:45PM Saturday, and 9:45AM to 10:45AM and 12:45PM to 5:45PM Sunday. The hours of operation of Hertz is from 9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 12:30PM and 2:00PM to 6:00PM Saturday, and 9:00AM to 6:00PM Sunday. Europcar in Carcassonne Airport is open from 10:30AM to 6:30PM on Monday, 9:00AM to 6:40PM Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM to 6:3 PM Wednesday and Sunday, and 10:30AM to 6:30PM Friday.
What to expect when hiring a car from Carcassonne Airport
Carcassonne Airport is located on Route de Montreal, on the western edge of Carcassonne, three kilometres from the city centre, south of Languedoc. Routes from the airport lead to Carcassonne city proper and also to Bram, Toulouse, and Centre Ville. The gas stations near Carcassonne Airport include Station-service TOTAL Access on Route de Limoux, Esso Gas Station on 13 Allée d'Iéna, and Dyneff Gas Station on 69 Allée d'Iéna.
Driving around Carcassonne Airport
Carcassonne is mainly served by the A61 motorway, which connects it to Toulouse and Narbonne. Note that vehicles are not allowed within the walls of la Cité during the day in the summer months. This is because it will be near impossible to drive due to the amount of tourists that crowd the narrow streets.
There is limited free parking within the city. You'll have more luck with underground car parks for paid parking, which are usually open from 7:30AM to 8:00 PMMonday to Saturday. Paid parking in the Bastide Saint Louis is usually closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. There are also car parks by the Medieval City, the closest of which are Delteil Po and car park of "l'Ile".
Getting to your destination
Albi is a small town in southwest France, included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. It has many shops and food establishments, and is home to Albi Cathedral (formally the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia), Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, and the Berbie Palace.
From Carcassonne Airport, Albi can be reached via A61 and A68, via D118 and D612, or via A61.
Toulouse in southwestern France is renowned as a city of rugby and violets. It is also a centre of aviation and spaceflight, with attractions such as Cité de l'Espace (Space City) and Airbus. Other interesting places include Georges Labit Museum, Le Couvent des Jacobins, Basilique Saint Sernin, and Peniche Baladine Boat Tours.
Toulouse is accessible via A61.
Ariège is a region in the Midi-Pyrenees with several quaint villages; the ones worth visiting include the medieval town of Foix, the regional capital with a 10th-century castle, St Girons for its Saturday market with many craft stalls and homemade wares, and the spa resort of Ax les Thermes.
There are three routes to Ariège from Carcassonne Airport: either take D119, A61 and A66, or D102.