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Car hire in Carcassonne airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

The medieval city of Carcassonne is a dreamy destination for history buffs and Francophiles, jeweled with a medieval castle and surrounded by campsites and routes into the Pyrenees. Check out these 14 fabulous photos of France for more scenic surrounds.

Where to hire a car in Carcassonne airport

There are 8 different companies you can hire a car from at Carcassonne airport: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Firefly, Citer, National and Enterprise. The car hire offices are located to the right hand side of the main entrance. There’s a car park just in front of the car hire offices, where you can pick up and leave your vehicle.

Petrol stations near Carcassonne airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Turn right onto the D119 when leaving the airport. At the roundabout, take the last exit onto Boulevard Henry Bouffet, and at the next roundabout, take the last exit again to continue on this Boulevard. Continue for 1km, then the petrol station will be in the commercial centre on your right.

If you’re heading to the north of the airport; there is another petrol station about 5km up the D6161. If you’re heading into the centre of Carcassonne, there are several petrol stations in the centre along the main road.

Driving around Carcassonne airport

As soon as you exit the airport, you’ll merge onto the D119. In the west, this road takes you into Pamiers on the edge of the Pyrenees, whereas in the east this road takes you into the centre of Carcassonne. This road is rarely congested as Carcassonne is rarely so busy. It’s also easy to get onto the A61 from Carcassonne airport.

Carcassonne is in the centre of Cathar country, close by to the Pyrenees, plenty of vineyards and pretty old towns. Hiring a car is one of the best ways to explore the places you may not have previously heard of.

Carcassonne city centre.

It takes less than 10 minutes to drive into the fortified city of Carcassonne. When you exit the airport, turn left onto the D119 and continue for 5km until you reach the city centre. It can be hard to park on the small inner streets of Carcassonne, so it’s worth find a good car park online before you drive in.

Lastours

This is a small region north of Carcassonne, slightly higher above sea level. There are 4 medieval castles here, which are said to be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.

It takes around 20 minutes to reach Lastours. Turn left onto the D119 and take the 4th exit onto the D6161 at the roundabout, and continue until you reach the next roundabout. Here, take the third exit onto the D6113. At the next roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the D149, and continue to merge onto the D118. Follow the D201 and D101 into the hills until you reach your destination.

Pyrenees

The Pyrenees are south west of Carcassonne, and the main town on the fringe of the mountain range is Palmiers. When exiting the airport, take the 2nd exit onto the D119 westbound. Keep following the D119 until you reach Fanjeaux, where you will want to keep left on the D802, to continue on the D119, through Mirepoix and Les Pujols. Continue into Palmiers and the Pyrenees. Palmiers is fairly easy to park in, unless there is an event on.

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