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Tours Airport is also known as the Tours Val de Loire Airport, and is located approximately 6km, or 3.2 miles from the city of Tours. It is an airport in the Centre region of France, in the department of Indre-et-Loire, and serves around 120,000 passengers per annum. It has the official airport code of TUF. Although passengers can make use of ground transport options such as buses and taxis, many prefer to rent a car, from one of the Tours Airport car hire companies. Excellent car rental rates are offered by all the companies available, and they have a wide range of vehicles from which their customers can choose.

Tours Airport consists of a single terminal building of approximately 1,500 square metres, and mainly handles flights by the airline company of Ryanair. Ryanair is one of the famous budget airline carriers of the world, and is present at the majority of European airports. Flights to Tours Airport are available from the London-Stansted Airport, Porto, Dublin and Marseille, as well as other locations. Since that Ryanair is such an important presence at the airport, the Tours Airport car rental companies are generally open at times which correspond to the airline carrier’s flights. The car hire companies available include Hertz, Europcar, Auto Europa, Avis, National and Alamo. They are also internationally recognised businesses, with many years of experience in the car rental industry.

Hertz and Auto Europa are considered as two of the longest-standing car hire companies in the world – Hertz with over ninety years of experience and Auto Europa with well over fifty years of experience. Both companies have a large variety of cars for hire, and Hertz even offers vehicles which can be booked by their specific makes and models. Avis is a favourite of many airport passengers around the world, offering cars suitable for all types of travelling, and Europcar is the ideal choice for many kinds of vehicles, including those which are eco-friendly and those which come with a chauffeur service. National Car Hire have carved a niche for themselves in the corporate car rental business, and Alamo has ensured that leisure travellers around the world have reliable vehicles in which to enjoy their holidays.

The Tours Airport car rental companies are not found in the terminal building like at most airports in Europe, but in a building at the long-stay car park. Once passengers have collected their belongings from the arrival hall they should follow the ‘car rental’ signs to this area in order to collect their vehicle. The rented cars are parked nearby to the offices, in an airport car park. All facilities at Tours Airport can easily be reached on foot. In order to hire a car in France, and at Tours Airport, the primary renter will need to be at least 21 years of age, and have held a valid drivers license in his/her country of residence for a minimum period of a year before the rental date. Most local licenses are accepted, but sometimes an International Driving Permit is required. A major credit card, such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard or Visa is required for payments.

Find out from your car hire company if one way hire services are permitted, and if they hire any additional items of equipment that could be beneficial to your stay in the Loire Valley. From Tours Airport, one way hires can usually be arranged if the customer would prefer to return the car to a different rental location. There could be extra charges for this service, but it may be more convenient. Car seats and satellite navigation systems are hired by most car rental companies, and will add a few extra Euro to your rental. However, child seats are essential for the safety of your little ones, and a GPS unit is regarded as highly advantageous. The equipment hired is of a good quality, and various sizes of child seats are available. From the car rental companies of Tours Airport, hand controls for disabled drivers may also be available, and are a device which controls the main functions of automatic vehicles, i.e. the accelerator and brake pedals. Hand controls are therefore ideally used by individuals with lower limb disabilities.

All vehicles and equipment from the Tours Airport car hire companies are recommended to be hired in advance. Online reservations are preferable, and often result in lower rental rates. Vehicles which are larger in size, and those of a more special nature, may be in shorter supply, and therefore an advanced reservation would be required. The more commonly hired cars are often found in the categories of Mini, Economy and Compact, and they are smaller models such as the Renault Twingo, Opel Corsa, Citroen C3, Volkswagen Golf, Renault Megane and the Opel Astra. These cars often have low rental rates, are eco-friendly and easy to drive, provided that you are comfortable with a manual transmission. Luggage room is, however, not extensive, and families may require a larger vehicle, from Midsize, Standard or Fullsize categories. Cars perhaps more suitable include the Opel Astra Tourer, Renault Scenic, Renault Laguna, Citroen Grand Picasso or the Volvo S60. Premium and Luxury vehicles are also available, as well as Vans similar to the Opel Zafira, Renault Espace and Renault Trafic Combi for nine.

The road network surrounding Tours is very good, and leads to all the prominent cities in the area. Tours Airport is just ten minutes from the A10, a main road leading south to Poitiers and north-east to Orleans. It is also nearby the exit onto the A28 for Le Mans. The A10 can be continued in a northerly direction for Paris, or from Le Mans, the A11 provides access to this very important city of France. Nearer areas easily reached by rented car include Blois, Amboise, Châtellerault, Vierzon and Saumur. Angers is just under a hundred kilometres from the airport as well. In France, vehicles should be driven on the right hand side of the road, and the following speed limits are applicable: 50kph in towns, 90kph on open roads, 110kph on dual carriageways and 130kph on motorways.

The Tours Airport car hire companies are able to provide further information regarding their car rental services. Contact your favourite at your earliest convenience in order to reserve the ideal car for your business or holiday trip in Tours.

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