Car hire Carcassonne Airport - cheap car rental in Southern France
The town of Carcassonne is located in the south of France, in the Languedoc province famous for its wine production and in a relatively short distance (approx. 150 km in a straight line) from the Spanish border.
About 1/3 of all wine produced in France has its origins in the Languedoc-Roussillon region - world’s largest wine region.
Carcassonne Airport with Ryanair - cheap flights from the UK
Carcassonne Airport - CCF is rather small, but very conveniently located between many interesting cities and towns of southern France, amongst them: Narbonne, Montpellier, Perpignan, Nimes and Toulouse.
Also travellers to Nice and Cannes area on the French Riviera, east of Carcassonne and travellers to Spain or Andorra, may find Carcassonne Airport to be an convenient stop.
See map of airports in and around Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France.
The popular low-cost carrier, Ryanair, offers cheap flights from the UK to Carcassonne, with departures from London-Stansted, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Glasgow-Prestwick and Nottingham/East Midlands.
Car hire Carcassonne Airport - car rental companies Carcassonne
In the arrivals hall of Carcassonne Airport passengers will find car rental desks of major rent-a-car suppliers, such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz Car Hire France and National/Citer.
Other car hire companies without offices at the airport, deliver vehicles to the airport on customer’s arrival.
The town of Carcassonne in France
Carcassonne Airport is located some 2.5 miles west of the city centre and connected to it via D119 road.
Locally, Carcassonne Airport is also known as Carcassone Salvaza Airport, Aéroport Sud de France Carcassonne, or Aéroport de Carcassonne an Pays Cathare.
Carcassonne, a charming little town of approximately 50.000 inhabitants, boasts many well preserved monuments dating back to Middle Ages. The medieval fortress of Carcassonne is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Southern France. See map of the medieval town of Carcassonne.
Cheap car rental in Carcassonne Airport
The cost of car hire within the lowest class of hire vehicles from small airports in southern France is frequently the same as when renting a car at major French airports.
The cheapest hire cars at Carcassonne Airport are usually available online with prices starting from £150 for a 7-days rental of a small city car, such as Peugeot 107, or similar.
In most cases it is worth to consider hiring a slightly larger vehicle such as Ford Fiesta, or similar, which for almost the same price will offer incomparably better conditions when it comes to space available, equipment and comfort of driving.
Real bargains on car rental of the smallest models of cars to hire in France are rare compared to, for example, Portugal or Spain, where in the low season a week car hire of a small city car frequently costs only around £70-80.
Advice about car hire in southern France - Carcassonne car rental
The best car hire deals in Carcassonne Airport can most frequently be found in the class of family cars (MPV): with some luck you will be able to rent a VW Touran, Peugeot 4007, Opel Zafira, or a similar minivan for less than £350 for a week.
Note, however, that a large family of 7 people on holiday will hardly find enough space in a small MPV, such as a VW Touran, or similar model of a 5+2-type 7-seater. While transporting 5-6 people in this type of a car still leaves a reasonable space for luggage, 7 people onboard of a VW Touran will struggle to fit their suitcases in and still travel comfortably. For larger groups of travellers, especially those who carry a lot of luggage, a full-size minivan or a minibus is by far the best option.
When hiring a full size minivan (7-seater MPV) at Carcassonne Airport, you will frequently be offered a Ford Galaxy, a VW Sharan, a Seat Alhambra, a Renault Grand Espace, a Peugeot 807, or a Citroen C8. Outside of the high season it is not uncommon to find offers of one week car hire of a full-size MPV from Carcassonne Airport starting from approx. £400.
Prices of car hire in southern France increase dramatically as the holiday season approaches: if you are travelling to Carcassonne in July, August or September, it is always a good idea to book your rental vehicle in well in advance.
France car hire - choose a car with plenty of space
The French-make Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Renault Kangoo are very popular as hire cars in France, for offering a large, comfortable interior space, for a relatively small price.
Although comfort of driving is limited in those ‘oversized’ passenger cars, on short distances between Carcassonne Airport and the holiday home in southern France it should not be a major problem.
All of the mentioned models were originally designed for transport of goods, but sometimes are also available with 5 seats. Usually Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Renault Kangoo are equipped with a 60-65 liter diesel engine. Should you be travelling in southern France with bicycles requiring extra luggage space, the Citroen Berlingo class of a hire car is probably the cheapest option.
Distances from Carcassonne Airport in France
See below the approximate driving distance between Carcassonne Airport and the following cities/places:
- Narbonne - 40 mi / 65 km by A61/E80 motorway
- Montpelier - 93 mi / 150 km by E80 and E15 north
- Toulouse - 56 mi / 90 km by E80 and E72/E9
- Perpignan - 74 mi / 120 km by the E80 and E15 south
- Arles - 142 mi / 230 km by E80 and E15 north
- Nimes - 124 mi / 200 km by E80 and E15 north
- Marseille - 198 mi / 320 km by the E80 and E15 north
- Nice - 295 mi / 475 km by A9/A8/E15/E80
- The Spanish border at Le Boulou (E15/A9 south) - 93 mi / 150 km
- Girona in northern Spain - 133 mi / 215 km
- Distance to the Spanish border at Puigcerda (N20/E9) - 102 km / 165 km
- Andorra - 112 mi / 180 km by N20 (the fastest, but not the shortest route to Andorra)
- Distance Carcassonne - Bordeaux - 205 mi / 330 km
- Distance Carcassonne - Lyon - 279 mi / 450 km
- Distance Carcassonne - Paris - 472 mi / 760 km
- Geneva - 360 mi / 580 km
- Grenoble - 280 mi / 450 km