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Overview

Carcassonne, a fortified French city

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.

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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.

Carcassonne station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Carcassonne.

Carcassonne city guide

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From our travel community

Station - luggage lockers I would like travel to a city for a short visit, then travel to another city on the same day. Are there secure lockers to store luggage at the station while you see the city?

Michael McPhearson | 12 July 2023 complete | 50 Comments
Little yellow train from barcelona & then to carcassonne I want to travel from Barcelona, to Villefranche vern, take a short round trip on the little yellow train,and then resume trip to Carcasson on Nov 21, 2017. I understand the yellow train only goes to Odeillo-Font Romeu . How do I do this booking (...)

Carolyn Cook | 17 November 2002 complete | 8 Comments
Ter/tgv/ic, how confusing! which trains in france require reservations? Do I need reservations for IC trains? For these trains? St.-Guadens to Bayonne (IC14143), Tarbes-Dax, TGV 8581, Bordeaux-Carcassonne IC 4657, Carcassonne-Marseille IC 4655, St. Raphael-Aix-en-Provence TGV 5184, Aix-Avignon TGV 9860, (...)

Sylvia Smitas | 16 June 2022 complete | 1 Comments
Have rail pass, are reservations needed from paris to avignon, avignon to carcassonne, carcassonne to arles, and arles to (...) Hello! My husband and I have splurged on 8-day first class France rail passes, but I’m not clear if we need to figure out our exact schedule and make reservations ahead of time. Here is our schedule: Paris to Avignon June 17 (arriving by 11, (...)

Kristin Taylor | 16 June 2013 complete | 1 Comments

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    Great trip |
    "It was very fast and comfortable by TVG train pleasant trip for just 20 eur.from beautiful Bordeaux to medieval town-museum Carcassonne. "

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    Very nice way to travel |
    "Had no issue taking the train, loved the easy use and comfort. Definitely recommend as mode of transportation. "

  • Narbonne to Carcassonne |
    "On time. No problems. "

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    Efficient |
    "The train was on time, inexpensive and an easy experience. "

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    Very Efficient |
    "The train was a good value and was on time, comfortable and easy for a non-French speaking customer. "

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    the only way to "fly" |
    "I took the train out of Lyon and traveled to Carcissonne. The trains were excellent, on time, comfortable, and clean. I went first class so was able to use my computer, write, read, and simply relax. I think train travel is the only civilized way to go. "

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    Wonderful trip |
    "It was very interesting to seat in comfortable train and watch very beautiful views of South of France through the window. We were very satisfied with our wonderful trip and decided repeat it again in Autumn from Paris to Bordeaux and farther. . . "

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    Traveller’sTale |
    "I would rate highly the speed and comfort of the French TGV..much less stressful than driving. We have chosen to travel by train around the whole of France and would do so again. However a couple of negatives. These trains which were formerly renown for their pinpoint time accuracy are frequently "en retard" which can create a scramble at the other end if you have a connection You are your own luggage handler. Baggage is bundled into/ onto racks at the end of each carriage and there is no help with this unless from fellow passengers.i And last but not least on these trips the state of the on board toilets leaves a lot to be desired..You may be advised to have tissues / hand sanitizer with you. "

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    Fast and Secure |
    "No Complaining "

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    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. "

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