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Toulouse car hire. Snow tyres?

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Struggling for a solution here. I want to rent a car from Toulouse in the 1st week of Jan 2020, do a few days in the pyrenees and then drive to the alps for a couple of weeks and return the car to Geneva. Any idea if I can hire with snow tyres in Toulouse? Thanks in advance


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Toulouse is a gateway to Andorra, so presumably car hire companies will have some provision of winter tyres. Probably best to call a particular one and ask.
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One way hires tend to be expensive even without snow tyres
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I've hired from Toulouse and it was not straightforward to get a car with winter tyres (or chains come to that). The grade of car I booked (with Avis) didn't seem to come with water tyres, so I had to downgrade at the airport to a lower category to get winter tyres. It then took 30+ minutes for them to locate the correct size chains for the car. I was pleased I held out for proper winter equipment as I arrived in the Pyrenees in a complete snowstorm, and driving without winter tyres and the security of chain in the boot would have been very tricky.
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pam w wrote:
One way hires tend to be expensive even without snow tyres


The OP didn't ask about cost
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I gave up on trying to find winter tyres at TLS and just hoped for sun and checked the weather forecast frequently. I was advised ‘buy chains in mountains’ by the hirer! On a Sunday afternoon in sleepy southern France, I didn’t see anywhere en route to Andorra that seemed likely to sell chains and was open. I did see a few signs advertising them, on garages that were shut.
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Thanks all, will just buy some chains I guess.
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Why not take the train from Toulouse to nearer the Alps and pick up a car there ?
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rob@rar wrote:
The grade of car I booked (with Avis) didn't seem to come with water tyres,


What grades do come with them then ? Sound interesting Toofy Grin
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rjs wrote:
Why not take the train from Toulouse to nearer the Alps and pick up a car there ?


Good point! Will look into it. Thanks
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OP: Why fly to Toulouse to ski the Alps? Why wouldn't you ski the Pyrenees? It takes almost as long to drive from Toulouse to, say Chamonix as it does to drive there from Calais. Just interested to understand your strategy ...


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rjs wrote:
Why not take the train from Toulouse to nearer the Alps and pick up a car there ?


ooof if you want to get to the Alps by train better not start from Toulouse !
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davidof wrote:
rjs wrote:
Why not take the train from Toulouse to nearer the Alps and pick up a car there ?


ooof if you want to get to the Alps by train better not start from Toulouse !


updated my original post to cover our Pyrenees itinerary!

We want to leave our options open on where to ski given the unreliable nature of early season snowfalls. Heve a bunch of friends to catch up with in the Pyrenees so not too bothered if the snow is scarce.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Confused....... much talk during the last 6 months about the French making winter tyres compulsory. Am I to assume this applies to the alps and not the poor relation that is the Pyrennes.
Utterly incomprehensible that the big players in car hire don't equip their fleet to suit all weather possibilities!
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Rogerdodger wrote:
Confused....... much talk during the last 6 months about the French making winter tyres compulsory.


where did you get that idea?
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Rogerdodger wrote:
Confused....... much talk during the last 6 months about the French making winter tyres compulsory. Am I to assume this applies to the alps and not the poor relation that is the Pyrennes.
Utterly incomprehensible that the big players in car hire don't equip their fleet to suit all weather possibilities!


Last I saw it was to become mandatory in 'mountain areas' but:
1. Not seen a definition of where these mountain areas will be (will common ski airports be in, or outside the areas?).
2. Just because winter tyres are mandatory that DOESN'T mean the car hire companies have to include them for free (outside the 'mountain areas') - they could just start telling you at the pick-up desk that "if you're going to a mountain area you need winter tyres...which will be an extra 200Euro, and your insurance, etc will be invalid if you don't pay and then take the vehicle to the mountains".
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