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Europcar La Rochelle Airport

La Rochelle Airport is located in western France, on the Bay of Biscay, and is very nearby to the city of La Rochelle, most famous for its beautiful harbour area. The airport is small, but international, and served by several popular airline carriers. It is also known as the Laleu Airport, and is allocated the official airport code of LRH. The airport’s facilities are adequate for the needs of its passengers, and include car hire companies, such as Europcar La Rochelle Airport. Europcar is a car rental company present at the majority of French airports, and offers competitive rental prices and high quality vehicles.

Facilities at La Rochelle Airport include a restaurant, duty-free shops, a tourist information desk, a mail box and public telephones, and the single terminal building is completely accessible for disabled passengers. The La Rochelle Airport car hire companies, including Europcar, are found within the single terminal building, nearby the arrival hall, and are open during most hours of the day to meet arrival flights. Although the car hire company will need to be open when you collect your vehicle, an out-of-office hour return may be possible. Unless a Europcar one way hire has been arranged, the rented car will be returned to the same parking lot from where it was collected. A one way hire allows the customer to return their vehicle to another Europcar rental location, as vehicles may be driven to all parts of France. From La Rochelle Airport, one way hires may even be taken to other European countries, but this type of rental may be more expensive.

Although La Rochelle Airport handles only around 200,000 passengers per annum, it is the largest airport in the region, and passengers in need of car hire are recommended to make an advanced reservation, in order to ensure their ideal car is available. An early booking may also secure the best rental rates. Many of the La Rochelle Airport car rental companies even offer preferential rates for passengers with an airline ticket. Further details can be discussed with Europcar. In general, however, Europcar’s quote will include all licenses and fees applicable to the vehicle hired and the rental location, the airport surcharge and VAT, and most of the vehicles are hired with unlimited mileage. When booking online, remember to add insurance to your rental quote, so that your vehicle is covered in the case of an accident, and all additional items of equipment needed for your journey, such as a child seat or satellite navigation system.

In France, it is required by law for all persons in a vehicle to wear seatbelts, and it is therefore essential that your baby or young child has his/her own seat. Always specify the age of your child when booking the seat, so that Europcar can provide the correct size. Although not an essential item, a satellite navigation system is most useful to all who are unfamiliar with the Charente-Maritime department of France, and the device could save valuable time when searching for a destination. Europcar’s navigation systems are of the latest technology, with a choice of languages and colour touch screens, and come pre-programmed with an extensive list of points of interest. Extra equipment will cost a few Euro per day of hire, but Europcar hand controls for disabled drivers are free of charge from La Rochelle Airport. Hand controls will need to be booked in advance.

Customers who are able to fit their luggage into a smaller vehicle will benefit from lower rental rates, as cars in the Mini, Economy and Compact categories are cheaper, but without much room for luggage. The Renault Twingo is one of the smallest cars available from Europcar, and features three doors, air conditioning, a manual transmission and unlimited mileage. The Peugeot 207 is an example of an Economy vehicle that is eco-friendly and light on fuel, and the Renault Megane is found in the Compact category. All cars from Europcar can be hired by anyone eighteen years of age or older, provided that they have a valid drivers license and major credit card. Most local licenses are accepted by Europcar if they are printed in English, but there are cases when an International Driving Permit is required. Credit cards accepted by Europcar include American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard and Visa.

Standard and Intermediate vehicles are often hired by families, as they are a little more spacious than those previously mentioned, and are excellent choices for all types of driving. They have five doors, and room for up to five passengers. Examples of vehicles in these categories are the Renault Laguna, Renault Scenic and Renault Grand Scenic. There are also larger cars available for groups of travellers, such as the Renault Espace for seven passengers and the Mercedes Vito for nine people. These larger vehicles should be booked as early as possible, as they are subject to low availability. Europcar will confirm reservations for these cars within forty-eight hours of your request, by email correspondence.

Customers who would like to receive even greater benefits from Europcar can sign up for the Privilege Card, and enjoy priority counter service, discounted prices and the guaranteed application of company rates. Charge card options are available as well. Contact Europcar, at La Rochelle Airport, for all further information required.

Laleu Airport
1700 La Rochelle

Telephone Number: +33 546420908

Fax Number: +33 0546416525

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