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Carcassonne is the capital of the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France. The river Aude divides the city into two parts. One part is the Ville Basse and the other is the Cité.
The city has an interesting past where many turbulent events have taken place. The city has been under various religious and national governments throughout its history. Due to its strategic location between Toulouse and the Mediterranean Sea, it is considered the largest citadel in Europe.
Carcassonne has much to offer in terms of historical, cultural, and artistic attractions. The city is best known for its medieval fortress, Cité de Carcassone. But besides this impressive structure, which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List, there is much more to discover here. And the sights you will see here will undoubtedly impress you. And on top of that, there are so many great restaurants here in Carcassonne. You can enjoy great gastronomy here, which adds value to the city.
As you stroll through the narrow medieval streets and admire the buildings, you will feel the spirit of this city with its rich history. Many religions, nations, and different politics ruled here in Carcassonne. And every important event in the past has left its mark on this city and today you can explore the stories and myths of this city's past. If you are taking a road trip through France, you should put Carcassonne on your list of destinations. You will not regret it.
Basic info and car hire in Carcassonne
- Location: Occitanie region, France
- Population: 46,513
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Carcassonne has a humid subtropical climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Carcassonne are in good condition.
- Car hire in Carcassonne: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Carcassonne is at Carcassonne airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Carcassonne!
Driving in Carcassonne
Carcassonne is a smaller city, but traffic can be pretty heavy during rush hour. You can drive in the city centre, but be sure to follow the rules and obey all signs on the road. There are also many pedestrian areas that you are not allowed to enter by car, so watch out for these areas. The police can be very strict about this. Also, be careful when driving through narrow streets, as many of them are one-way streets.
There are many parking lots in the city and also three large underground garages, so parking your car in one of these lots and exploring the city on foot might be your best bet. Public transport is not that good, but some buses run fairly regularly and cover some areas that might interest you.
But if you drive outside the city and explore the surrounding areas of Carcassonne. That's a whole different story. The roads are wide and the views are stunning. There are not as many traffic jams as in the city, so you can enjoy your drive. There are many amazing places to visit around Carcassonne and they are all accessible by car, so buckle up and drive safely.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
- Additional requirements: High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
- Children in the car: Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
- Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.
Car Hire in Carcassonne
Most popular car hire at Carcassonne
The most selected hire car in Carcassonne is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Carcassonne are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Carcassonne
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Carcassonne. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.
Carcassonne-Toulouse (93km with approximately 1 hour of drive)
- Carcassonne-Sete (136km with approximately 1-1,5 hours of drive)
Carcassonne-Montpellier (150km with approximately 1,5 hours of drive)
Carcassonne-Nimes (200km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
What to see in Carcassonne
The Jacobin Gate
This is the only one of the four main gates that have survived. It was built at the beginning of the 14th century. In the past, it was rebuilt once (18th century). Today it is a monument and a historical site representing the former entrance to the city of Carcassonne.
Basilica of St Nazaire
This very old cathedral was built in the 6th century in Romanesque-Gothic style. In this church, you can see one of the oldest stained glass windows in France. You can also admire some great decorations in the church and listen to the majestic sound of the organs. It is open to visitors every day of the week.
Lac de la Cavayer
This attractive lake near the city of Carcassonne is a very popular destination for locals during the summer months. You can enjoy numerous water activities on the beaches of this lake. There are also some wonderful routes around the lake where you can go for a walk and admire the stunning scenery around you.
St. Vincent's Church
This church offers one of the highest points in Carcassonne. You can climb to the top of the tower of this church and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings.
Le Parc Australia
This great park is ideal for spending a relaxing day in nature. There are some great spots for different activities for kids and adults. There is also a small zoo in this park where you can see different types of animals.
Drive your rental car beyond Carcassonne
If you want to rent a car in Carcassonne, you are making a good decision. There are so many beautiful places to visit in this city that you will simply fall in love with Occitania. This region offers you so many different things. It is a great destination for all foodies. It is also an ideal place for adventurous travellers. With its outstanding historical and cultural sites, there is also a lot to see for history buffs. Add to all these great museums, concerts, and festivals and this is undoubtedly a region you must visit and explore.
The roads here are in fantastic condition, so you'll enjoy driving through this region full of sites that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will then drive past some picturesque villages where you can stop to meet the locals and buy some wine or other produce, as they are delicious. There are also many good restaurants throughout the region, so you can stop and try different dishes from this area.
Then some cities are worth visiting. One of them is the city of Toulouse. You will be enchanted by this colourful city with its many sights. Then there is Nimes, also called the Roman city. You can visit the ancient remains of this city and discover what life was like here in ancient times.
Other destinations worth visiting: The bridge of Gard, Narbonne, Gruissan and its Roman remains, the Cathar castles, the medieval town of Rocamadour, Albi and its episcopal town, Conques, one of the most beautiful villages in France, the Pyrenees...
Enjoy the culture in Carcassonne
Where to eat, drink, and party in Carcassonne
France is a top gastronomic destination. But there are also some very special places in this culinary country. One of these special destinations is undoubtedly the Occitanie region. It is one of the most famous destinations for all foodies. And if you are travelling through this region and plan a stopover in Carcassonne, you will have the perfect opportunity to find out if it is all true. Many restaurants in the city offer all kinds of menus, from local to regional to national to those from other parts of the world.
Your best bet is to travel through the local cuisine, which is something special here. Some dishes from this area: oeufs cocotte, tielle, cassoulet, farcis, daube avignonnaise, ragout d'escoubilles.
The region is also known for its high-quality wine. Wine production in this area has a very long tradition. And in the past, it has managed to perfect the process of winemaking. Today, you can enjoy some of the best wines in the world here. You can also visit many wine routes in Occitanie. But remember that the laws here are very strict, so never drink and drive. Safety first.
Best restaurants in Carcassonne:
Pizzeria Rabah Zaoui
La Table du Vatican
Restaurant La Marquiere
La Table de la Bastide
Barriere Truffes L'Atelier
Le Clos des Framboisiers
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in France?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in France?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in France?
Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in France?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in France?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?
Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How to hire a car in France?
You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire.
How much is it to rent a car in France?
It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day.
Can you rent an automatic car in France?
Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle.
Can I rent a car in France?
Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)
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