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Poitiers Airport, also known as Poitiers-Biard Airport, is located in eastern France, just under two miles west of the city centre of Poitiers. It is a popular gateway to the Vienne area of France. The airport is easily accessible by self-driving, being located just off the A10/E5 motorway. Car hire in Poitiers Airport is readily available, as are other transportation options, such as buses and taxis.
Who to Book With
Self-driving in France is popular and travellers will find plenty of car hire options directly at the airport. Leading international suppliers include: Budget, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National. Car hire counters are situated in Arrivals.
Need to Know Essentials
To hire a car in France, you will need to show the following documents:
- UK driver’s licence (both parts)
- Non-UK and non-EU drivers will need an International Driving Permit
- Photo ID
- Credit card
- Booking confirmation
The latest driving regulation in France is the requirement for all vehicles to carry a breathalyser (starting March 2013) – make sure the breathalyser is certified with the French NF mark and is valid. If stopped by the police and your vehicle does not have a breathalyser, you will be fined £9 on the spot. Speeding is strictly enforced. It is illegal to use radar detectors in France as well as satellite navigation systems that pin-point where speed cameras are located. All passengers must wear seatbelts.
Driving to the city centre of Poitiers is easy with a rental vehicle and takes just under 10 minutes. Shuttle buses are also available to Poitiers. Other transportation option includes taxis.
There is no train station at Poitiers Airport. The closest train station is in the city centre of Poitiers, Gare de Poitiers, a 15-minute drive from the airport. Trains are operated by French national railway company SNCF and provide links to most major cities in France, as well as to other European rail networks. A one-way ticket to Paris costs roughly £50.
Taxis are conveniently located right outside the terminal building. They are generally available when flights arrive; however, if no taxis are available, then passengers should ask the information desk to call a taxi. All taxis are metered and rates increase between 20:00 and 06:00.
Poitiers Airport to Poitiers city centre is about £8
Poitiers Airport to Chatellerault is about £55
Poitiers Airport to Bioussac is about £100
Poitiers Airport to Futuroscope amusement park is about £20
There is a shuttle bus service from the airport to the city centre. Bus times coincide with Ryanair flight arrivals. The bus journey takes between 10-15 minutes and a bus ticket costs around £4.
This airport services less than 150,000 passengers a year and has one terminal. Flights are on offer primarily through Ryanair and Airlinair, and provide connections to the UK and other French cities, such as Lyon. Ryanair offers both scheduled and seasonal flights, such as to London-Stansted and Edinburgh.
There are two car parks at the airport, P1 and P2, with parking for roughly 400 vehicles. Parking for the first 20 minutes is free. The daily parking rate is £12 for the first two days and £4 for each additional 24 hours thereafter. The P2 car park allows for seasonal parking, with tickets valid for up to six months. Customers at the L’Oree du Ciel restaurant can park for free. Simply present the restaurant bill when exiting the car park.
Wi-Fi internet access is available at the airport.
There is an information desk on the ground floor of the terminal building.
Service Centre: +33 5 49 30 04 40
The terminal building is fully accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. The airport provides ramps and other amenities for passengers in wheelchairs. Passengers can also arrange for special assistance through their airline.
Restaurants and Bars
There is one restaurant/bar at the airport, the L’Oree du Ciel. It is known for its beautiful views of the runway. Those dining at the restaurant benefit from free parking at the airport.
Money and ATMs
Poitiers Airport has limited financial services. There is one 24-hour ATM located just outside the terminal building.
There are no shopping facilities at Poitiers Airport aside from a kiosk which sells reading material and snacks.