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Toulouse Blagnac Airport is located in the area of Blagnac, just 6.7km from the large French city of Toulouse.  It is an important airport, as it is a hub for Air France and EasyJet, and handles over six million passengers per annum.  TLS is the airport’s official IATA code, and its French name is the Aeroport de Toulouse-Blagnac.  At the airport, passengers will find an exceptional array of facilities, as well as options for ground transportation.  The Toulouse Blagnac Airport car hire companies are popular as well, because many passengers prefer to travel more privately and love the freedom to explore the city and surrounding areas in their own time. 

The airport of Toulouse has one large terminal building that houses all facilities for arriving and departing passengers.  There are four halls within the building, each handling flights by various airline companies, and from and to a large number of destinations.  Hall D is the airport’s international area, where passengers on international flights will arrive.  A few of the companies offering flights to Toulouse Airport from further destinations include British Airways, KLM and Lufthansa.  The other three halls handle flights from cities within the country, and flights from other European cities.  Passengers can easily make their way on foot around the terminal, and will find the car rental companies of he airport just a minute’s walk from the arrival halls.  They are located in the Proxi Park P2 building, on the ground floor. 

To rent a car in France, the primary renter will need to show a valid drivers license that has been issued in the European Union.  The license will need to have been held for at least a year prior to the rental date as well.  Foreign renters should organize an International Driving Permit from their home country before they depart for Toulouse.  This document should accompany their local license.  A major credit card will be needed as well, because no debit cards are accepted at this rental location.  The cards of American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard and Visa can be used. 

All drivers of  vehicles hired from the Toulouse Blagnac Airport car rental companies will also need to meet certain age requirements.  Many cars can be hired by persons 21 years of age or older, however, some will require the drivers to be over the ages of 23 or 25.  The car hire companies of France will charge additional insurance rates if the drivers are younger than 25.  This is a young drivers fee that could amount to approximately 25 Euro per day of car hire and per underage driver registered on the rental contract.  The fees will be charged for up to ten rental days. 

The car rental companies present at Toulouse Blagnac Airport include Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, Sixt, Alamo, Easycar, Europcar and Auto Europa.  They are all highly reputable companies that have locations around the world.  Their rental rates are reasonable as well, especially if an earlier, online car rental reservation is made.  Hertz and Auto Europa are two of the longest-standing car hire companies in the world, and both offer a premier selection of vehicles.  Customers who belong to the Hertz #1 Club even have access to additional time and money saving services.  Avis is a favourite amongst a large number of holiday travellers in many countries, and Budget is well known for their very affordable rates.  Business renters are sure to find a suitable arrangement with National, Europcar or Sixt, while Alamo is best for those who are travelling for leisure purposes.  Easycar has been in business for a little over ten years, but have quickly become one of the more popular choices at airport locations. 

From each of the above-mentioned car hire companies, customers may request the use of additional items of equipment, such as satellite navigation systems and child seats, and some companies may even provide vehicles with snow tires.  From Toulouse Airport, hand controls are available for disabled drivers as well, and this is a device that is used to operate the brake and accelerator pedals on certain automatic vehicles.  Hand controls will need to be reserved at least forty-eight hours prior to your arrival, and are free of charge.  Other items will have extra charges. 

For renters who would prefer not to return to Toulouse Airport, one way hires are available.  This service is easily arranged by selecting a different return location for the vehicle during the reservation process.  Vehicles may be driven to all areas of France, and may even be allowed to cross the borders into neighbouring countries.  Cross border rentals may need special arrangements.  In most cases, no further charges are added for one way rentals or cross-border rentals.  Regardless of the return location, however, always arrive back in good time, before your rental contract expires, otherwise a full additional day of car hire fees could be added to your bill.  Upon its return, the rental car will be checked for new damages.  This check should also have been carried out at the start of the rental period to note any existing damages.  All vehicles will begin their rental with a full tank of fuel, and depending on the fuel policies applicable, should be returned either full or as empty as possible. 

Rented cars from Toulouse Airport are similar to the Peugeot 206, Citroen C3, VW Golf, Opel Corsa, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Polo and Citroen C4.  These are perhaps the most popular types of vehicles to hire as they have the lowest car rental rates.  However, they are smaller vehicle models, and some families may need a more spacious vehicle for their passengers and luggage items.  Larger vehicles may be similar to the Skoda Octavia, Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class and the Mercedes C200 CDI.  There are also SUVs and vans available from the car hire companies, that seat more than five passengers.  Seven passengers can be seated in the Citroen Grand Picasso C4 or the Citroen C8, the Citroen Jumpy is ideal for eight passengers and the Renault Traffic Combi can be used if there are nine travellers. 

In general, the roads in and around Toulouse are quite easy to navigate, but a GPS unit is helpful.  Within the city centre there are limited parking areas available,  however, it is not considered as too chaotic.  Drivers can expect the main roads to be busier during rush hours, and should always follow the road rules.  The speed limits in place are 50kph or 30mph in urban areas, 90kph or 55mph on open roads and 110kph or 70mph on motorways and highways.  Motorists may not drive whilst talking on a cellular phone, and all passengers within the vehicle are required by law to wear seatbelts.  Keep in mind that speed limits may be reduced if the roads are extremely wet or slippery. 

Contact your favourite Toulouse Blagnac Airport car hire company for more information well in advance of your trip to this region of France.  

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