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    Car Hire at Carcassonne Train Station – Save money in Southern France

    Right in the heart of Carcassonne on the north bank of the promenade du canal the city’s only railway station is located. A prestigious location with easy access to much of the city, including its old town – Carcassonne Train Station is the ideal place for renting a car at. With a car hire at Carcassonne Train Station, you’ll be able to explore much of the city and its surroundings with minimum ease. Carcassonne is situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, providing both intercity, international and region rail transport. It will take around 40-minutes from Toulouse by train to Carcassonne, with additional easy rail links to Nice, Marseille and Bordeaux.

    Providing car hire, luxury car hire and a motorhome hire, Auto Europe has over 65 years of global car hire industry experience. Having partnered with many trusted suppliers, we can offer highly competitive rates, regular promotions and deals on everything car hire. With a large fleet of vehicles to choose from, all at convenient locations, customers are sure to find exactly what they need for their budget. Becoming a member will also guarantee great savings on future bookings. Contact our reservation team on +44 123 3225 114 to book or find out more. We also recommend reading out car hire reviews in Carcassonne section to see what others have thought of our service in the city.

    Station Information

    The city’s only rail station was built in 1857 next to the Canal du Midi. It further expanded towards Limoux in 1876 and again to Quillan in 1878. Services are provided by the SNCF – the French National Rail Company – with present regional, intercity and international rail routes. Popular rail links include the overnight service to Paris and Limoges, regional rail links to Toulouse, and high-speed TGV rail links to Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille and Barcelona in Spain. The train station is around 20-minutes’ walk from the fortified old town of Carcassonne, and 4 miles away from Carcassonne Airport. The train station terminal was constructed in a classical style with a central clock. Its hall has been beautifully decorated with a fresco by painter Jean Camberoque. Further station murals include a painting depicting French actor Philippe Noiret waiting for a train.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Carcassonne Train Station

    Although being situated in a prime location, those wishing to rent a car at Carcassonne Train Station will only have one car rental supplier to choose from - Avis. Avis is one of the most popular international car rental suppliers in the industry. Being present on a global scale, Avis has provided reliable and affordable car hire throughout the years to many – so is great choice. Avis is in the rail station itself, making for a convenient pick-up and drop-off place for those alighting from the train.

    The supplier in which your booking is with, will be noted on your car rental voucher. Before heading to their pick-up location, make sure you have identification, the rental voucher and a valid driving licence. An International Driving Licence should also be provided if required. For the supplier to release the vehicle, one or more credit cards may be required. This will be noted on the car rental voucher and should be under the main driver’s name. Sufficient funds should be present for the supplier to hold a deposit as stated in your voucher’s terms and conditions.

    Before driving away with the car, make sure you fully inspect the vehicle, taking any video and photographic evidence of anything of concern. Make sure you also report any issues at the time to a member of the supplier team. Note anything of concern or damage on the pick-up slip. Upon returning the car, ensure that a member of the car rental team reinspects the car and signs the paper confirming everything is okay. Once it is deemed that the vehicle has been returned in the same condition as when it left, the deposit will be released back onto your credit card.

    Avis at Carcassonne Train Station Avis at Carcassonne Train Station
    Gare SNCF, Sur Rendez Vous,
    Carcassonne,France 11000

    +33 4 68 25 92 88
    Opening Hours:
    Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Station facilities

    The train station has numerous facilities and amenities for a safe and secure onward journey and a pleasant visit for all their customers. Run by the French National Rail Company, all rail related services are provided by them at the station. Here you will find helpful SNCF rail staff, a tourist office, a lost and found office, ATM machines, a newsstand, paid restrooms, a waiting lounge, parking and facilities to ease the travel for disabled people. Free Wi-Fi is also provided but unfortunately there are no luggage storage facilities.

    How to get to and from Carcassonne Train Station

    The railway station is well located on the northside of the canal. It is approximately 20-minutes’ walk from the fortified city centre and 4 miles from Carcassonne Airport. There is no underground metro services in the city, which makes a car hire at Carcassonne Train Station even more appealing. Outside the train station you will find a taxi rank. Official city taxi cabs are cream in colour with a taxi sign on top of their roof. All taxis are metred, but we would still recommend discussing estimated cost to your journey with the driver before setting off. There is also city buses and shuttle services from outside the train station – with a total of eight routes.

    Driving in France can sometimes be worrying for those who have never driven in the country before. Our driving in France section has been put together to ease your worries and guide you through some of the key French road rules and regulations. From information on minimum age requirements, to toll roads and local general speed limits – here we’ve got most things covered and explained in simple terms.

    Parking tips

    An official train station car park is available and is run by EFFIA. The car park is open 24-hours per day, 7 days a week. If parking here, it will take you a quick 2-minutes to reach the station platforms on foot. Parking for the full 24-hours is around 17€, which can be paid by cash and bank card. There is little to no free parking around the actual train station, however, on the other side of the canal free parking is easier to come by. The car hire supplier will have their own parking, therefore, parking your car rental at Carcassonne Train Station shouldn’t be an issue.

    Parking in the city itself isn’t too problematic, with many parking opportunities located near tourist attractions and points-of-interest. There are two underground car parks in the historical part of the city – Bastide St. Louis – together providing around 1,000 car park bays. Another city car park can be found at Chemin de Montlegun – perfectly near the city;s medieval quarters. Free on-street parking is limited in the centre, although easier to find near the canal. Paid on-street parking is available, but we recommend confirming the restrictions before leaving the car. Many places are dedicated to residents only or for deliveries. Any fines incurred will be forwarded to you with an additional administration fee by the car rental supplier.

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    Carcassonne Tourist Information