Car Hire at Rodez
This information is correct as of August 2015.
The public transportation system in the French department of Aveyron is not very well-developed, so most people drive private cars instead. For travellers coming into Rodez–Marcillac Airport, the wisest thing would be to prepare beforehand by making early car rental reservations.
Where to hire a car at Rodez
Car rental agencies offering service at Rodez–Marcillac Airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. The operating hours of particular companies are as follows: Avis is open 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 10:00 PM Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Saturday, and 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Sunday; Europcar is open 8:30 AM - 12:00 NN and 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, and 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN Saturday (extra charges apply for services anytime between 6:00 AM - 8:29 AM and 9:30 PM - 12:00 MN Monday to Friday, as well as 5:30 PM - 5:50 PM and 9:30 PM - 9:45 PM Sunday); Sixt is open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday to Friday and on Bank Holidays, and 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN Saturday; Hertz is open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday, and 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Saturday.
What to expect when hiring a car from Rodez
Rodez–Marcillac Airport is located in the commune of Salles-la-Source in France. It is about 10 kilometres from the centre of Rodez, capital of the department of Aveyron. You can drive to the centre via D840, with the option to use D840 all the way, get on Route du Château/D568, or get on D67.
Driving around Rodez
Aveyron is linked by Highway A75 to the north and south, and via A68 and N88 southwest. Rodez is located at the foot of the Route Nationale 88, a portion of which is going to be converted into a dual carriageway expressway, set to be of service by 2018. As of now, RN88 links Rodez to Albi, Castres, Montpellier, and Toulouse to the south, and Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Paris, Orléans, Millau, Sète, Béziers, Narbonne and Perpignan to the north. D840 links the airport to Rodez.
Getting to your destination
Toulouse is a centre of aviation and spaceflight in Europe, hosting the headquarters of Airbus, the SPOT Satellite system, the Galileo positioning system, the Airbus Group (former EADS), ATR, and the Aerospace Valley. Tolouse also features an alternative Arts Scene.
From Rodez–Marcillac Airport, Toulouse can be reached via N88 and A68, or via A20/L'Occitane.
The city of Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and the Hérault department. Its main feature is the Place de la Comédie, which contains the 1790 fountain Three Graces, the Lycée Joffre (formerly the Citadel of Montpellier), and a small park. Other points of interest are the Rue du Bras de Fer (Iron Arm Street), which is a typical example of the medieval Montpellier, the oldest botanical in France Jardin des plantes de Montpellier, the 14th century Saint Pierre Cathedral, the triumphal arch Porte du Peyrou, and the Tour de la Babotte tower.
Montpellier is accessible from the airport via A75.
Lyon is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and the Rhône département. This gastronomic and historical city was the birthplace of cinema, hence there are several attractions such as the Institut Lumière - Musée vivant du Cinéma (presenting the history of cinema), and Musée de la Miniature et des Décors de cinéma (Miniature and Movie scenery Museum). Other attractions include the Renaissance courtyards, Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, Musées Gadagne: Historical museum of Lyon and International puppet Museum, Musée d'Art contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art), Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Museum of the Resistance during World War II), Parc de la Tête d'Or, Jardin des Curiosités (Garden of Curiosities), and many more.
Lyon is accessible via A75 and A89.