Carcassonne

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Carcassonne?

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Do you need a car in Carcassonne? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€70

 #49/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €215

139/300

 

Free parking score

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

37%

#171/300

 
  • 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

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

60%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Carcassonne. 

90%

  • 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.

Ratings

Car rental in - Carcassonne Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Carcassonne?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/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 questions, if you are here for the first time AND 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?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Carcassonne if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Carcassonne on the Carornocar scale?

4

Go back up to:
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?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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