Should you rent a car in CarcassonneFrance>Carcassonne

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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?

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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