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Carcassonne, a fortified French city

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Getting there You can get to Carcassonne from Marseille, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 07:31 HK$328
From Barcelona 02:22 HK$356
From Lyon 03:16 HK$228
From Marseille 03:06 HK$137
From Bordeaux 02:53 HK$137
From Toulouse 00:41 HK$100
From Montpellier 01:26 HK$182
From Cerbere 02:24 HK$155
From Marmande 02:21 HK$237
From Collioure 02:03 HK$146
From Cahors 02:02 HK$264
From Arles 02:25 HK$219
From Souillac 02:46 HK$337
From Limoges 04:10 HK$365
From Vierzon 05:47 HK$474
From Brive 03:12 HK$374
From Argeles Sur Mer 01:55 HK$137
From Valence 02:42 HK$246
From Gourdon 02:30 HK$347
From Agen 01:48 HK$137
From Villefranche De Lau 00:33 HK$100
From Villenouvelle 00:41 HK$109
From Beziers 00:43 HK$109
From Limoux (localite) 00:30 HK$82
From Narbonne 00:28 HK$91
From Lezignan 00:17 HK$82
From Castelnaudary 00:18 HK$82
From Alet Les Bains 00:45 HK$82
From Couiza Montazels 00:53 HK$82
From Sete 01:09 HK$155
From Montauban 01:10 HK$137
From Bram 00:10 HK$82
From Nimes 01:53 HK$228
From Quillan 01:09 HK$91
From Esperaza 00:57 HK$82
From Perpignan 00:58 HK$137
From Agde 01:03 HK$155
From Les Aubrais Orleans 06:32 HK$584

Getting around From Carcassonne, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Bram 00:12 HK$82
To Lezignan 00:20 HK$82
To Castelnaudary 00:22 HK$82
To Limoux (localite) 00:33 HK$82
To Narbonne 00:36 HK$91
To Villefranche De Lau 00:37 HK$100
To Villenouvelle 00:43 HK$109
To Alet Les Bains 00:43 HK$82
To Couiza Montazels 00:52 HK$82
To Esperaza 00:56 HK$82
To Toulouse 01:13 HK$100
To Beziers 01:54 HK$100
To Collioure 02:17 HK$146
To Agde 02:25 HK$164
To Perpignan 02:26 HK$137
To Gourdon 02:33 HK$264
To Quillan 02:40 HK$91
To Sete 02:42 HK$137
To Souillac 02:50 HK$301
To Nimes 03:13 HK$191
To Valence 03:25 HK$219
To Montauban 03:33 HK$137
To Marmande 03:57 HK$237
To Argeles Sur Mer 04:00 HK$137
To Agen 04:11 HK$137
To Cahors 04:18 HK$182
To Cerbere 04:21 HK$155
To Aix En Provence Tgv 04:47 HK$401
To Arles 05:00 HK$219
To Bordeaux 05:17 HK$137
To Avignon 05:21 HK$219
To Brive 05:26 HK$292
To Montpellier 05:40 HK$155
To Lyon 05:51 HK$182
To Marseille 06:10 HK$137
To Limoges 06:40 HK$319
To Vierzon 06:54 HK$474
To Dijon 07:04 HK$483
To Paris Cdg Airport 07:29 HK$529
To Cannes 07:30 HK$483
To Nice 08:07 HK$419
To Brussels 09:09 HK$1,596
To Les Aubrais Orleans 09:48 HK$447
To Paris 11:05 HK$182

While you're there

Carcassonne, a fortified French town

Carcassonne is a fortified town located in the heart of the Toulouse-Montpellier-Perpignan triangle. The town rich of 2000 years if history is home to two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Canal du Midi and the medieval town. Carcassonne is best known for its skyline which is famous in worldwide. The town is located in the plains of the lower valley of Aude and is easily accessible by train from Montpellier.

Start your day by having a breakfast at the Place du Marché in the centre of the Bastide Saint Louis district (the new town). Having made the full of energy, cross the town to the medieval city. You will enter the magnificent walled city through the Porte Narbonnaise. Move along the rampart and visit the Château Comtal and the Basilique Saint Nazaire.

The best way to end your day is to enjoy a boat trip through the Canal du Midi to admire the medieval city. You can also take some time to discover vineyards through their different terroirs: Minervois, Cabardès and Malepère…

Buy a Carca Pass comes at the tourist office. While it includes a guided tour to the mediaeval town, the Bastide Saint Louis and a cruise on the Canal du Midi, you will also benefit from a wine tasting session and numerous discounts in restaurants and shops.

Carcassonne is not much of a shopping destination. Yet as a popular tourist destination, you can find numerous souvenir shops.

Carcassonne Tourist Office
28, rue de Verdun, 11890 Carcassonne
Tel: +33 (0) 468 102 430

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Carcassonne can be found.

Carcassonne railway station(s)

Carcassonne Train Station

Carcassonne Train Station

Address: 1 bd Maréchal Joffre 11000 Carcassonne

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 5:15am to 12:15am
Saturday and Sunday: 5:15am to 12:15am
Public holidays: 5:15am to 12:15am

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains (TGV), Regional trains (TER).
SNCF rail agents, Tourist office, Facilities for disabled persons, Lost and found, ATM.

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Customer reviews

  • "first class?"    
    I was quite baffled by my first class compartment, with its dingy walls, hole in my sleeping bag, left over earplugs on my berth. There were no sheets and the pillow was fit for a toddler. Compared to the local train from Toulouse to Carcassonne, the ride was rough and incedibly noisy. I kept seeing myself on a mechanical bull while trying to go to sleep. I arrived more tired than i'd been at my departure.  
  • "Rail travel and transit"    
    Getting around France by rail is relatively easy, even if you don't speak the language. Just be mindful if you are tagging around with heavy luggage as you have to haul your luggage up and down the stairways. Also, check your confirmed seats to ensure that they are conveniently allocated especially if you are travelling with elderly folks, although most passengers would be graceful to exchange their seats with you. It would be ideal if TGV can extend its line to the airport as it is costly to commute from Lyon Part Dieu to Lyon St Exupery airport.  
  • "Carcasonne to Beziers"    
    Very good service, trains are on time, clean and comfortable. Good bus service from the airport and taxis available outside.