Car Hire at Lourdes Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you want to indulge in a chocolate festival in Tarbes, take in the spectacular Pyrenees scenery from Pau or visit an iconic religious site in Lourdes, you can find the best car hire at Lourdes Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Lourdes Airport
There are four car hire companies with desks at Lourdes Airport: Avis, Enterprise, Europecar and Hertz. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Lourdes Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is an ESSO garage located just 10 minutes drive from Lourdes Airport. Take the D516 from the airport and get on to the D936. From there take the ramp to the A64 towards Tarbes. Merge onto the N21 and take the fourth exit for the D935A. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Lourdes Airport
Lourdes Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. It is located 6 miles north of Lourdes and about 5 miles south-southwest of Tarbes off the N21. The airport can also be accessed via the A64 motorway that runs East-West from Toulouse to Pau. Lourdes is about 9 hours by car from Paris via Toulouse and the A64.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Lourdes Airport.
Beautiful Pau nestles in the foothills of the spectacular Pyrenees and boasts some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery in the region. Bordeaux and Toulouse are a stone’s throw away while its own pretty streets are lined with cute cafes and gastronomic restaurants. With no iconic sights to visit, Pau welcomes visitors who just want to amble along its boulevards, pop in and out of its chic boutiques, sip coffee, browse local markets, relax in lovely green parks or simply admire its laid back natural beauty. Pau is 40 minutes by car from Lourdes Airport. From the D516 get on the A64/E80 taking exit 10 for Pau. Follow signs to the centre.
Lovely Tarbes is a quintessentially French town. Charming winding streets are perfect for getting lost in or for stumbling upon a cosy local cafe. The locals love their coffee and they do it well. Live music and fabulous restaurants where mussels are often the order of the day make nights in Tarbes vibrant yet laid back. Thursdays in Tarbes are sent in the Place Marcadieu where a huge market comes to town selling every delicious French food and delicacy you would wish for. Jardin Massey is a green haven in which to soak up the summer sun with a picnic or a brisk jog while the two annual chocolate festivals held here is reason enough to visit this charming town. If not chocolate, then perhaps the world class skiing and snowboarding of the Pyrenees?
Tarbes is just 15 minutes by car from Lourdes Airport. Take the D516 from the airport and get on to the N21 following signs for Tarbes.
In 1858 a young girl saw eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary in the Grotte de Massabielle by the Gave de Pau. Ever since then, the legendary pilgrimage of Lourdes as one of the foremost religious sites in the world has never waned and it is now the most visited attraction in France. This is where miracles are said to be performed and ailments healed. Local shops sell all manner of religious curios from kitsch icons to holy spring water.
It takes less than 20 minutes to reach Lourdes from the airport. Take the D516 from the airport and get on the N21 following signs to Lourdes centre.
There is free on street parking on the Boulevard de la Grotte while in the city you can also park at Place Capdevielle. There are also sheltered car parks at Place Peyramale, under the Tourist Information Centre and at the Lourdes Market. Some street parking is charged at €1 per hour with a maximum parking time of three hours. Some hotels in Lourdes also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change