Car Hire at Perpignon Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Perpignan sits at the bottom of the Pyrenees mountain range, surrounded by endless bounds of glorious greenery and only a ten minute drive from the south coast. By hiring a car with Skyscanner, you can save money on your adventures around this region.
Car hire companies at Perpignan airport
There are seven different car hire companies at Perpignan airport: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, Interrent and Rent-a-car. There’s also a car park at the airport, which costs 10EUR per day to use.
Petrol stations near Perpignan airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The closest petrol station is a 5-minute drive away from the airport. Head north on the D5G onto the D5F, then take the second exit on both roundabouts to come onto the D614. Turn right onto the D12B and continue onto the D900, the Esso will be on your left.
Driving around Perpignan airport
The area around Perpignan is fairly quiet, and it’s only a ten-minute drive to the city centre too. To get to Perpignan, head left when exiting the airport, and head south on the D5G. Turn left when you see the signs for the D117, and continue on this road to Perpignan.
Destinations close to Perpignan airport
Perpignan actually used to be the capital of the kingdom of Mallorca, which adds in a Spanish twist to an otherwise calm and picturesque town in the valleys of the Pyrenees. As the airport is so close to the Spanish border, many people choose to drive over to Spain when in Perpignan. If you drive the other way, you can explore the glitzy French Riviera too.
The old abbeys, castles and camping grounds in the southern part of the Pyrenees draw in the crowds over the summer months, and hiring a car is the perfect way to get around. To get to the mountain range, drive into Perpignan (see above), and then take the N116 heading west. It takes an hour to reach the heart of the Pyrenees. Naturally, the parking depends on where you’re going to be staying, but camp sites and caravan parks often have designated areas for car parking.
Languedoc’s castle country, Carcassonne, is slightly set back from the French coast and makes a great alternative to beach breaks. The citadel provides an impressive skyline to the city, but it’s the charming ‘town like’ feel of the city that’ll keep you there. The easiest way to reach Carcassonne is by taking the D900 up to Narbonne, then turning left onto the A61. This is a fairly easy route, taking just over an hour.
Narbonne & Montpellier
Narbonne is the largest commune in the region of Aude, and Montpellier, further up, is a firm favourite with travellers on the south coast. Whilst Narbonne offers more in the way of canals and cathedrals, Montpellier is an easy-going alternative to many other major holiday cities on France’s south coast.
It takes less than an hour to drive to Narbonne on the A9, which is a toll road. To reach Montpellier, continue on the same road through Narbonne and continue until you reach Montpellier (it will only take an extra 40 minutes).
However, if you are driving up France’s south coast, you should take a layover in one of the stunning coastal parks the A9 cuts through. It’s also a great area for camping.
Spain – Girona, Barcelona
Although you can fly directly to Barcelona, you also have the option of driving from Perpignan. Make sure your car hire provider allows separate pick up points if you intend to drop the vehicle off at the other end. The A9 and AP-7 will take you straight to Spain’s northern coast, with optional stop offs in Girona and Figueres.