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Car Hire Toulouse Blagnac Airport


France has a number of airports, and one of them is Toulouse Airport, located just five miles, or 8 km from the city center of Toulouse. The airport is also nearby the area of Blagnac, and is therefore commonly referred to as Toulouse Blagnac Airport. This airport in southern France is served by a variety of airline companies, which fly to and from numerous regional and international destinations, and over six million passengers passed through the airport in the past year. The airport has also been extended and upgraded to allow for the expected increase in passengers over the next few years. The facilities at Toulouse Airport include a good selection of car hire companies, as driving your own rented car is an excellent way to explore the city and surrounding towns. A couple of globally recognized car hire companies are available, and they all offer very competitive prices for their rented cars.

The car hire companies at Toulouse Airport are located just outside of the terminal building, nearby the covered and long-term parking areas. They are however, within easy walking distance of the passenger building. The car rental companies available include Budget, Sixt, National, Hertz, Europcar, Hertz and Avis, which are all highly recommended and well established companies with thousands of rental locations across the world. Hertz is the largest and oldest of these companies, providing car rental services for over ninety years, while National and Budget have over fifty years of experience in the car hire industry. The majorities of these companies are open at Toulouse Airport from seven or eight in the morning, and only close late in the evening. They are available on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

Customers renting a car at Toulouse Airport can make advanced bookings from their chosen car hire company’s website, or can simply go to the rental counters at the airport. It is however, recommended to make your reservation early, especially if you require a vehicle of specific type or size. Customers should also hire any additional equipment required in advance, such as a child seat, booster seat or satellite navigation system. Although these items come with extra charges, they greatly contribute to the ease, safety and success of your journey in France. The GPS units offered by most of the car hire companies at the airport are state-of-the-art pieces of equipment, designed with many additional features, such as a choice of languages, an easy-to-use interface, color touch screens and continuous road maps. They also usually come with thousands of points of interest, which help the driver find the nearest hotel, restaurant, pharmacy, gas station, tourist attraction etc.

From the companies’ websites, all the vehicle categories available at Toulouse Airport can be viewed, as well as pictures of example vehicles in each category. Vehicles from most companies are divided into various car groups, and are booked and priced accordingly. Therefore, customers will not be reserving a specific make and model of vehicle, but rather a vehicle category. Some of which may include Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Minivan or SUV. Smaller sized vehicles may be similar to the Peugeot 207 1.4 and Peugeot 308 1.6, while there are also larger van-sized vehicles for hire, such as the Citroen Grand Picasso C4 2.0 and Citroen Jumpy 2.2.

Car renters at Toulouse Blagnac Airport are generally required to be at least 21 years of age, and to have a valid driver’s license which has been held for a minimum period of one year prior to the rental date, in the primary renter’s country of residence. Most often, a driver’s local license is sufficient, but an International Driving Permit is sometimes required. This is especially the case if the driver’s license is written in a non-Roman alphabet. A young drivers surcharge may be applicable if the renter is between the ages of 21 and 25, and younger renters may also not be permitted to hire certain larger or specialty type vehicles. A major credit card is required for payment of the rental, and most car hire companies accept the cards of American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. Some companies also offer their own charge cards.

In France, drivers should carefully follow the road rules; obey speeding fines and never driving under the influence of alcohol. Vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road in this country, and the general speed limits to be followed are 50 km/h (30 mph) in urban areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on the open roads, and 110 km/h (70 mph) on the motorways and highways of Toulouse. The main roads surrounding the airport are the D901, A621 and A620, while the Allée de Barcelona leads into and out of the city. Most of the towns and cities surrounding Toulouse are also very easy to reach, and are great to explore in your own rented car.

Passengers arriving at Toulouse Airport can find out more information about the car hire companies from the airport’s official website, at http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The links to the various car rental companies’ websites are available from this address as well.

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