A dedicated bike and luggage transfer service now exists for the Canal du Midi, making one-way bike rides along the length of the Canal easier to organise.
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- Luggage store at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Hiring a bike for a one-way trip along the Canal du Midi is becoming easier in France thanks to the many bike delivery services springing up that deliver to your door (or to the airport or train station) and pick up from a different point at the end of your French cycling holiday.
However one-way trips can often be problematic if the distances are vast and outside the reach of your bike hire firm's delivery sphere, or if the bike you want to return is your own (for example, you want to ride a one-way route and then fly out or get a train from the same place you started).
If you get stuck, your first port of call should always be your hotel or B&B as many owners will be able to recommend a local baggage transfer company or taxi operator, or provide the service themselves for a fee. Indeed, accommodation providers who are members of the Accueil Velo scheme are obligated to help arrange baggage transfer.
Some local bike hire firms (especially if they also offer bike delivery) may be able to help with luggage transfer or the return of non-rental bikes as well – it's always worth asking.
Canal du Midi luggage and bike transfer
For the Canal du Midi (and the Loire Valley) there is a French company called Bagafrance, which offers a luggage and bike transfer service between Toulouse and Sète (they will also take people – for example, non-cycling members of your group).
It costs from €18 for less than 130km and from €36 for 130km-250km for bicycle transfer, and from €12 per bag for less than 25kg and from €24 for more than 25kg, with discounts applying for multiple bags/bikes.