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    Car Hire In Poitiers With Auto Europe

    Visit Poitiers a city based in the west of France, founded by the Celtic tribe before the Roman era started to influence the city by the 4th century. A city which the Roman Empire fell in love with for its strategic place as a defense mechanism if attacked the city had an upper hand with a thick wall surrounding the town. The city seen battles come and go for years to come with a struggle of power between the Roman Empire and other superior powers as the Persian Empire. The architectural beauty of this city is amazing and still has some of the world’s most iconic and beautiful churches and Cathedral standing and open to the general public, one of the most eye opening hedonistic buildings is the University of Poitiers which can be visited though the local tour guides which operate daily Mon-Fri. Car hire in Poitiers would be the perfect start to your journey in to a city full of historical treasures and memories, this perfect city has an abundance of sights to visit such as the Poitiers Cathedral and the Eglise Notre Dame La Grande. Poitiers is situated conveniently between the cities of Paris and Bordeaux making this visit in to the perfect family road trip. Let Auto Europe help you make this visit more convenient with our extensive range of rental cars and excellent customer service skills.

    How is the traffic in Poitiers?

    France in itself is a hub of excitement being one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations attracting visitors from all over the globe, just like any other busy city it is best to plan your routes and day trips beforehand as peak hours can see a sudden rush of traffic adding on to your day trip. All major routes interlink around Poitiers making it easier to get from one destination to another simple by renting a car in Poitiers a great option. The law in Poitiers stands as drivers have to be 18 and over to drive in Poitiers and have a duty to have their driver’s license and ID and insurance documents present when operating a motor vehicle. However do check when booking your car hire in Poitiers as the supplier you have booked may have a different minimum age requirement, for further information on how to drive in France click here.

    Where can I park my car hire in Poitiers?

    Parking your car in central Poitiers couldn't have been made any simpler, you can pre-purchase a parking spot in and around the city with local agencies such as EFFIA saving you the hassle of finding a suitable and safe place to park you car. long term car parks are also situated all over the city which are safe and secure for you to leave your car there for several hours and in walking distant of some of Poitiers main attractions. Short term car parking is available in the city center on the roads for an hourly charge of 1.30 euros which will have to be renewed by the hour. One of the best sites to secure a pre paid parking space is the ONEPARK website which will show you all the car parks around the city centre available.

    Poitiers Airport

    Poitiers Biard Airport is situated 4.6 miles from the central city of Poitiers making it easy for you to commute back and fourth from the airport in a variety of transport means available. Considering Poitiers airport to be a small airport with one main building housing the arrivals and departures from the same floor it has all the amenities available from relaxing lounges to bars and restaurants, free Wi-Fi is also readily available throughout the airport which is fast and convenient all you need to do is log on to the airport website and create a personal account and add the free Wi-Fi. Additional services are also available at the airport if you are traveling with anyone who has reduced mobility.

    Poitiers Biard Airport (PIS)
    Official Name: Poitiers Biard Aeroport
    Address: Rue S Lieut Raymond Collard 5, 86580 Biard
    Telephone: +33 549 300 440
    Airlines Operating at Poitiers Airport: Several well established airlines operate from Poitiers Airport daily such as Air France and Ryan Air.

    What to do in Poitiers

    Poitiers is a busy little city full of historical elegance surrounding itself, their are so many places to visit and architectural beauties to soak up the imagination of what it was like to live in this city in the Roman era. The city of Poitiers would be the perfect stepping stone for a fun filled and educational road trip leading on to other stunning cites as Lille and Chambery. Rent a car in Poitiers making it easier to travel from city to city.

    • Church Of Notre Dame La Grande – This gothic looking church was built in the 11th century as a status symbol of the Romanesque era, in the following years to come the church started to have extensions and additional stairwells built within its own confines making it an absolute amazing piece of art work and religious symbol all around the world. Regular tour operators offer guided tours around this warm mythical jewel of a church and if you stay for the evening you can sit in on the mass which will make your visit more special and endearing.

    • St Croix Museum – The holy museum is one of the largest museums to ever been built, standing since 1974 and holding some of the worlds most extensive pre-historical items to contemporary pieces of art making it worth a visit. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Tuesday the entry fee is free of charge, the museum have regular concerts and activities on offer daily and you are invited to come along on the guided tours with speakers of the Museum to give you a better understanding and insight of the importance of certain items being kept at the museum. It is a ideal day trip for a school trip or family day out, make sure you check before visiting what events are on offer and being displayed.

    • Grottes De La Noree – If your a bit of a thrill seeker and need something a little more challenging you need to visit this venue as it will test your fitness and flexibility. These caves can be visited and explored in guided tours only, be prepared to have your mind real in excitement when you see these magical geographically carved caves in there true magnificence. An exciting day trip with the family and not to be missed, check with the tour operators for times and prices.

    • Espace Mendes France – A venue with fun filled facts about everything and anything, a must to visit with your family and highly educational in all senses. It is best advice to check online what the daily exhibitions are being displayed so you can plan around and visit on the day which suits you best. The games of light exhibition and planetarium exhibitions will make your visit well worth it as they are mind blowing and have well informed staff members on sight if you have any questions about anything.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Poitiers

    The team at Auto Europe have put together a few recommendations for you.

    Cave Du Haut Poitou

    If you have a palate for fine wine tasting then this venue is for you, with a wide range of Sauvignon Blanc and Ampeliade on offer maybe an evening at this venue will be well worth it. The settings are eye catching which they have to be a mouth watering tasting session of different wines from the Poitiers and Bordeaux regions both famously recognised for the locally grown white grape which is used in many of the locally produced wines.


    A thrill seekers day out with the family and children, one of Frances biggest theme parks open daily for you to visit and take away good memories. The park is full of attractions appealing to all ages and will need a whole day just to conquer. It would be a good idea to download a copy of the map and what is on offer at Futuroscope as some of the rides and sites will blow you away with fascination. The theme park is open throughout the holiday season, for better prices you are advised to check the rates and reservation rates online and pre book to prevent queues and make the most out of your day at Futuroscope.

    The Escape League

    A family challenge with up to 6 people to take on one of two challenges available, if your up for something a little different with your family or friends you will enjoy this game which even gives out winners gifts for competing. The challenge can last up to 60 minutes where you will all be locked in a room and be given clues and ideas to take on this challenge.

    Jardin Des Plantes

    A botanical garden full of activities for the whole family to indulge in, from the beautiful peaceful gardens to relax at or maybe have a picnic in the ambiance. On the opposite side of the park is the Zoo and galleries which will take your breathe away especially the great gallery of evolution. A perfect fun filled day for you to explore Jardin Des Plantes and take in all they have to offer. You can purchase tickets on line for a better discounted rate or just pay on entrance for an amazing family day out, an educational and fun filled day out for everyone with classes for children about the history of dinosaurs.

    Geographical information and history

    Poitiers is situated on the west side of France on the Clain river. The city is full of historical features and amazing buildings giving this city a very unique look. The city has many religious and iconic buildings scattered throughout the city dating back as early as the 3rd century, a city which was a central point of numerous religious wars. The weather on average between the months of April and September is between 25 degrees making your visit more enjoyable with mild winters in tow occasionally and plenty of snowfall so the best advice would be pre-plan your visit depending on what season you are traveling to this region. Poitiers has become a hub of excitement for visiting tourists now with so much to take in with the from the past and present.

    How to get around Poitiers

    Car rentals are widely available in and around Poitiers, this means of transport puts you in the driving seat if you wish to experience driving around Poitiers and also keeps you in control of where you would want to visit. Car rental in Poitiers has been made easy for you with the help of Auto Europe.


    Taxis are available 24 hours a day with Radio Taxis being one of the most popular companies in Poitiers, they cater for all types of journeys and have a number of vehicles available for people with reduced mobility.


    Buses operate till late 7 days a week around Poitiers, and a bus time table can be found at the Espace Bus Vitalis free of charge, buses are a cost effective and safe way of commuting in a and around Poitiers.

    Useful Links

    Official Tourism Website