Do you need a car in Carcassonne?

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Carcassonne Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

The delightful walled city of Carcassonne is one of France’s real gems, and it is easy to happily wander around the city’s cobbled streets for hours. Chances are though that you have come to this part of France for a little bit longer than that, so is it best to hire a car in Carcassonne to get around?

Why should you rent a car in Carcassonne?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Carcassonne?

Carcassonne Car hire summary

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Free parking score

Total 169 - of which 63 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • Generally a car is useful for getting out of the city – but this isn’t always the case.
  • Flexibility — for all the obvious reasons, a hire car will give you complete flexibility to explore the fantastic countryside around Carcassonne. Trying to do so by any other means will be extremely slow as rural buses are few and far between.

Why not? Visiting Carcassonne without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Carcassonne public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Walking city – everything in the city is geared around walking, as this historic walled UNESCO site is a car-free area.
  • Canal du Midi – whether you walk locally or cycle towards Toulouse, the Canal du Midi is an excellent way to appreciate the local landscape.
  • Toulouse — regular TGV train services are available between Carcassonne and Toulouse. Although these trains are not operating on a dedicated line, you should still have no problem getting between Carcassonne and Toulouse if you are using Carcassonne airport as an alternative to flights to Toulouse, which tend to be a little bit more expensive.
  • Creative holidays — there is plenty in Carcassonne of historical interest or to catch a painter’s eye to make it possible just to stay in and around the city, or to use Carcassonne as a base for taking guided tours elsewhere, when somebody else is doing the driving.


Car rental in - Carcassonne Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Carcassonne?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Carcassonne?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Carcassonne?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Carcassonne if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Carcassonne if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Carcassonne if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Do you need a car in Carcassonne? Verdict — as might be expected for what is essentially a rural destination, we do recommend getting a hire car in Carcassonne unless you know you can plan a visit without one.

Would you hire a car in Carcassonne?

Have you driven in Carcassonne? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Carcassonne?
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