If your trip to Poitiers is all sorted out but your itinerary is a little on the empty side, we can give you a helping hand.Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your camera when you go to Futuroscope. This fascinating attraction is sure to provide some unmissable photo opportunities.Plan a stop at Poitiers Cathedral. It’s one attraction you’ll usually find on travelers’ must-do lists. Place Charles de Gaulle and Place du Marechal Leclerc are also not far away and worth checking out.
If you find yourself with a bit of extra time and you’re willing to travel 40 miles, check out Cravant-les-Coteaux. This vibrant destination offers up a world of things to keep you occupied. Among your first stops here ought to be Chateau d’Usse, Royal Fortress of Chinon and Forteresse Royale de Chinon. Chinon is another popular option. It’s 40 miles away and home to a variety of awesome things to do. Royal Fortress of Chinon, Forteresse Royale de Chinon and Pierre et Bertrand Couly are just the start.
Here are our recommendations on how to get behind the wheel of a rental car with some savings in your pocket:
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Having your own ride in Poitiers will give you more flexibility to squeeze in as many attractions as you can. Maybe you want to leave town, hit the open road, and go where the wind blows. If so, grab one of our full-size or mid-size SUVs and discover the dunes in the surrounding area. If you’re all about city life, opt for something small. Getting around busy streets will be much less stressful in a compact or economy car.
Sometimes it’s all about the journey, which makes your car choice particularly important. If you’re planning an amazing road trip around Poitiers, a spacious SUV could be your perfect match. If you want a fantastic bargain and plan to stick to city driving, a versatile compact is hard to beat. All you need to do is decide what will suit you best, throw your bags in the back seat, and hit the highway.
From its high-speed highways to its suburban streets, exploring Poitiers will be as easy as pie with your own wheels. But before you merge into the fast lane, here’s what you should know about driving around this city:
You have to drive on the right side of the road in Poitiers. Even though you may be comfortable with the traffic rules, it’s wise to drive with a little extra care in new and unfamiliar destinations.
Scoring a parking space in Poitiers shouldn’t be too difficult. Of course, it depends on the time and place — you may have trouble parking in the very center during busy periods.
As with most places, the roads are usually busier in the hours before and after work. However, with a population of roughly 86,000, traffic congestion isn’t a big issue in Poitiers.
Speed limits vary in Poitiers, but usually range from 50km/h to 130km/h. Most residential roads have a top speed of 50km/h unless stated otherwise.
Normally, one of two things will happen. Your rental car company may bill the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the most common approach. Alternatively, it may give your contact information to the relevant local agency so the fine is issued straight to you.
It’s prohibited to use your cell phone while driving a car in Poitiers, and you could even receive a fine for just handling your phone if you’re in control of a vehicle. However, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as your focus remains on the road.
When driving in Poitiers, it’s a criminal offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) in excess of 0.05%. Thinking of having a couple of glasses of wine over lunch or dinner? Consider booking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Yes, you can turn on a red light in Poitiers. However, before you do you must bring the car to a total stop. Move on only when you know the lane you are turning into is clear.
Seat belts should always be worn in Vienne. That being said, these rules may differ for certain vehicles, like those operated by public transportation systems.