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    Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Carcassonne Airport (CCF), just over 10 mins' drive from the centre (about 5km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Carcassonne are Europcar, Firefly, Thrifty, Alamo and Avis.

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    Warmest month: July (23°C)
    Coldest month: January (6°C)

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Hire a car in Carcassonne

Old meets new in thecity of Carcassonne,creating a modernfairytale set inthe south of France.

The fortified medieval city of Carcassonne sits on a rocky hilltop overlooking the more modern addition of the 'Lower Town'. Together, the Cité and Ville Basse have made Carcassonne one of France's most popular tourist destinations. The walled city is even a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a long weekend of seeing all the sights that Carcassonne has to offer and learn more about the important role the city has played throughout history.

You don't necessarily need to have a hire car to explore Carcassonne itself, but there are many villages and towns nearby that you won't want to miss out on visiting. The city is surrounded by stunning countryside dotted with pretty little villages, such as Saissac and Lagrasse.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Carcassonne?
A. Seven to eight days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Carcassonne?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Carcassonne?
A. Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Carcassonne, offering cars from just £10 per day.

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Local knowledge

Highlights of the Cité

The medieval city is the must-see of Carcassonne. As you walk round you'll see double-walled fortifications and the numerous attractions based within them.

Château Comal
At the heart of the Cité is the castle Château Comal, which was built in the 12th century. It has many towers and ramparts that give breathtaking views out across the modern town, Aude River and the Canal du Midi.

Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus
This Roman Catholic minor basilica is a national monument and a stunning example of Gothic-Romanesque architecture. Take some time to appreciate the stained glass windows and serene atmosphere as you walk round the small church.

Carcassonne Cathedral
Another national monument, this 13th century building was originally a parish church and was elevated to cathedral status in 1803. Still a working place of worship, if you're lucky you'll be treated to the sounds of practising choral groups.

Canal du Midi
Just outside the walls of the Cité is a stretch of the mighty Canal du Midi. The tree-lined canal banks are perfect for taking a walk down and watching as boaters come past on the water.

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Carcassonne driving tips

  • Once you've collected your hire car from Carcassonne Airport, it's just a 10-minute drive into the centre of the city.
  • You'll need to park your hire car in the lower town during the day throughout summer, as cars aren't allowed within the walls of the Cité.
  • If you want to visit nearby places of interest, such as the Cathar castles in the Corbières, you'll need a car to get you there.
  • Carcassonne is within a wine-producing region, so you won't have to drive far to sample some local tipples!

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