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Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

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Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

We are finalizing plans for our September trip and have decided that we will take the train from Paris to Nimes, rent a car there and return the car at Perpignan before taking the train to Barcelona. However, the AutoEurope site does not show anything available for that itinerary; not sure if this is because they don't have offices in one or the other or both places or because all their cars are already booked (we need automatic, which complicates things, I know.)

Before we call AutoEurope directly, I was wondering if someone could help by answering a few questions.

1. Would we have a better chance of getting a car if we pick up in Arles instead of Nimes? Avignon?

2. The site listed several alternatives in both places for pick-up and drop-off (e.g., in Perpignan, the railway station, the railway office, two city locations). Any advice on the best place in Nimes? We will probably be driving to our hotel, then sightseeing there for a day and driving around the area the next few days. Right now, we plan to arrive in Perpignan in the evening, spend the night and catch an early morning train to Barcelona, so I'm figuring that the train station as a drop-off point would be our best bet unless there's something about that neighborhood we should know about?

3. Finally, other than AutoEurope, any other recommendations of car rental companies? We had a bad experience in Sicily once so we are a bit wary.

Thanks for any advice/help and many thanks to those on the Paris and Provence boards who have been giving us such good suggestions over the past few months.

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1. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

Re Perpignan : where are the two "city locations"?

Leaving your car near the railway station makes sense but it depends at what time you arrive at Perpignan. Chances are that the office will be closed after 7 pm.

The TGV side of the station is fine, there are two new hotels (+ a parking lot) which are very convenient if you have an early train the next morning. The old station side is not the best at night (no problem during the day though).

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3. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

I recommend you call Autoeurope. You don't state where it is exactly you are staying but Arles would be my last choice after Avignon, Nimes, or Montpellier for pickup. There will be a 40€ additional fee for pickup at a train station, a 10€ road tax charge, and an approximately 35€ additional fee called an environmental fee on automatics (assuming you can find one), all payable at drop off and not included in any quote.

Typically, Sixt, Citer, or Europcar will not charge your a one way in France fee. Hertz and Avis usually will.

When you make your reservation, be sure to actually READ the voucher to preclude any misunderstanding about what is and what is not included in your rental agreement.

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>>There will be a 40€ additional fee for pickup at a train station, a 10€ road tax charge, and an approximately 35€ additional fee called an environmental fee on automatics (assuming you can find one), all payable at drop off and not included in any quote.<<

Whenever I have booked a rental car from Australia, these amounts have been included in the quote. This just emphasises the importance of reading carefully what is being offered.

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5. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

We reserved and got an automatic at the Nimes train station through AutoEurope (Avis) even though no availability was showing up online. Just give AE a call.

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6. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

Thank you to everyone for your helpful responses. We have rethought our pick-up spot (see below) and will check out all your suggestions regarding the rental car companies--and will read the fine print!

Pvoyageuse, the city locations are 254 Rue Etienne Bobo and 30 Bis Ave de General.

Sarastro, funny you should say that Arles would be your last choice. We just had dinner with my BIL and SIL, who were in Provence in May. After talking to them, we have decided to stay in Avignon as our base and will now research the train schedule from Paris to Avignon and then Avignon to Barcelona to see if that is a better alternative than driving to Perpignan and taking the train from there.

Whatever we decide on, thanks again.

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7. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

My choice of Arles being my last choice has nothing to do with the city itself. Most if not all of the TGVs going there connect first to TER trains at Avignon making reaching Arles more complex. It is also a smaller town meaning that rental stock may be shallower than at larger locations. If you are only looking for a place to pickup a car, Avignon, Nimes or Montpellier would probably be more likely to have what you want.

Avignon is an excellent location for a base.

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" the city locations are 254 Rue Etienne Bobo and 30 Bis Ave de General."

Rue Etienne Bobo is way out and you'd need a taxi to get to the station.

30 avenue du Général ........ which General? I suppose it is Avenue du Général de Gaulle, which is the street leading to the station but in the phone book Europcar indicates that they are AT the station (Place Salvador Dali or Blvd St Assiscle, the 2 station entrance). Anyway if it is avenue du Général de Gaulle, you won't have much to walk !

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9. Re: Car rental - Nimes to Perpignan

Thank you again, Pvoyageuse. After all that, we ended up booking straight from Avignon to Barcelona! But now we know for the next visit.

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