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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.

About France

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.

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Travelling around and within france Hello! My cousins and I will be travelling in Europe in July (mostly within France) and require your assistance regarding what sort of pass to purchase. Below is our itinerary: 1st of July: Amsterdam to Paris 5th of July: Paris to Carcassonne (...)

Pooja N. | 2016/04/12 answered | 0 Comments
Carcassonne to paris overnight train 6 persons in one compartment Dear Sir, We are travelling from Carcassonne to Paris on Jun 20,2016 (4 female & 2 male). Originally, we want 4 female stay in one four beds cabin and 2 male stay in another compartment (share with others). After we reserved seats from the (...)

Louis C. | 2016/04/03 answered | 2 Comments
Round trip on tgv from paris via toulouse back to paris We want to go on the TGV to Carcassonne and then a week later from Carcassonne via Toulouse back to Paris, is it possible?

Elbie A. | 2015/03/12 answered | 4 Comments
Zurich to paris I would like to travel with my wife and two children under 7 from Zurich to Bern (overnight stay), to Zermatt (2nights), to Lyon (2nights), to Marseille (overnight) to Montignac (2 nights) to Chateauroux (2 nights) to Givernny, (overnight), and (...)

mike M. | 2015/01/09 answered | 2 Comments
Carcassonne to barcelona I can see that there's a way to get from Carcassonne to Barcelona via Nabonne, but I can't make reservations online. Is there any way to make reservations besides at a train station in France or Spain? What's the chance of getting reservations (...)

Giuseppe N. | 2014/11/21 answered | 0 Comments

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Customer reviews

  • Value for money
    Great trip | Viaceslavas d. | 2015/11/14
    "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 | Larry h. | 2015/10/06
    "Had no issue taking the train, loved the easy use and comfort. Definitely recommend as mode of transportation. "

  • Narbonne to Carcassonne | . | 2015/05/26
    "On time. No problems. "

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    Efficient | Stephen c. | 2015/04/29
    "The train was on time, inexpensive and an easy experience. "

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    Very Efficient | Stephen c. | 2015/04/29
    "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" | Ruth r. | 2015/04/15
    "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. "

  • Convenience
    Wonderful trip | Viaceslavas d. | 2015/04/03
    "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 | Diana b. | 2014/09/19
    "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 | Isaque s. | 2014/08/20
    "No Complaining "

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    first class? | Marjaana U y. | 2013/10/10
    "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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