Car hire in Carcassonne allows you to discover this historic city and explore the largest medieval fortress in Europe. Cité de Carcassonne was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status for its medieval citadel and Canal du Midi. La Cite is the double walled area within the citadel high up on the hill, allowing clear views of the area below. A fortress boasting 52 ramparts within its two walls will give you plenty of exploring opportunities. Experience the history as you walk the streets, taste the local wine and food whilst in the citadel. Continue walking down the cobbled streets to the Basilica of Saint-Nazare, where you will find the oldest church organ in France still working! Walk across the river and enter the town of La Bastide Saint Louis. Here you can experience daily life away from the tourist area of La Cite. If you are here on a Saturday, enjoy the Saturday market with all of the local French products on sale. After Carcasssone, jump into your car hire from Auto Europe, head north-west for one hour and visit Toulouse, a beautiful city, located in the mid-Pyrenees region. Or, alternatively, head south-east to Perpignan, as both locations will allow for a stress-free drive through the French countryside.
Traffic in Carcassonne can be quite busy in the summer and relaxed during spring, autumn and winter. With the fortress attracting around 4 million visitors a year, the majority of these visits will take place in the summer months. The roads in and around Carcassonne are all well maintained and signposted.. Find more information about driving your car hire in Carcassonne and generally in France here.
There are plenty of parking places for your rental car in Carcassonne. In Bastide Saint Louis there are over 1,000 paid parking spaces, most of these are closed on public holidays and Sundays. From here you can walk over the bridge to the Medieval fortress. Alternatively park by the medieval city, where they have approximately 1,200 parking spaces available all year.
Carcassonne is a fortified town in the south of France in the Aude region. It is located between the Pyrenees, a mountainous range located about 3 hours from Carcasssonne, and the Massif Central. Two main traffic routes traverse this area; one route can take you from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, while the second route leads from the Massif Central to Spain. The climate in Carcassonne varies according to the season. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures going over 30° Celsius. The coldest month is January, while May sees the most of the annual rainfall.
Carcassonne Airport is located around 2 miles west of the city centre, which is only a 5-minute drive.
Carcassonne Airport (PCCF)
Telephone: +33 4 68 71 96 46
The main railway station, Gare de Carcassonne, is situated in the centre of Carcassonne. TGV, Intercity, as well as regional trains call at Carcassonne central station. Local public bus services are operated by Compagnie de Transport Carcassonne Méditerranée (CTPM). The local bus network Agglo operates 11 different routes through the city and surrounding area, ensuring you plenty of options if you wish to travel further outside of Carcassonne. There is a tourist train shuttle which operates between Bastide Saint Louis and the Fortress on a daily basis. Taxis are available and can carry between 4 and 6 people along with their luggage. They are available from the airport to your hotel, station, and city centre. They also offer personalised journeys if you would like a tour of the area.