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Carcassonne, a fortified French city

Carcassonne, a fortified city with 2,000 years of history and home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and the Medieval Town, is at the heart of the Toulouse-Montpellier-Barcelona triangle. The gem of Carcassonne is without doubt its skyline which is easily recognisable and famous all around the world. The town blooms in the plains of the Cathar Country and is easily accessible by train from Toulouse (about 1h trip), from Montpellier (about 1h30 trip) and from Barcelona (2h30 trip).

About France

Have a morning café and a croissant at the Place du Marché at the heart of the Bastide Saint Louis district (the new city). Afterwards cross the town to the medieval city. Enter the magnificent walled city through the Porte Narbonnaise, move along the rampart and visit the Château Comtal and the Basilique Saint Nazaire. After your trip you better be hungry!
Finish your day casually by enjoying a boat trip through the Canal du Midi to admire the medieval city or discover vineyards through their different terroirs: Minervois, Corbières, Cabardès and Malpère to name a few.
Our tip: Enjoy one of our cultural events - Festival de la Cité, Fireworks, Medieval Jousting, X-mas market, Feria…

Tuck in one of our 3 starred restaurants in the Michelin Guide or in a traditional one and treat yourself with a local and traditional dish, the Cassoulet. End your meal on a sweet note with a Saint-Jean de Minervois Muscat-based dessert.

You can find numerous souvenir shops in the town.

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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  • Value for money
    Very Acceptable |
    "Smooth, comfortable and on time, but the connection for our ongoing trip to Paris was tight - we only made it by a few minutes. The only downside was the fact that to access the platform at Carcassone we had to go up and down flights of stairs which with heavy luggage and at our age (77) was an ordeal. This is a real problem with all French stations and the Paris Metro - something must be done, it is unacceptable. "

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    Nimes - Carcassone by TGV |
    "Interesting trip - usual TGV comfort and smoothness once we had found our way through the mountain of large suitcases and the milling mob in the entry to the carriage. Most surprising was the Amazon who appeared from out of the mob with her two very large dogs... not sure how there was space for all three of them. Carcassone station also well located on the edge of town just over the Canal. "

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    Avignon - Nimes by intercity |
    "Showing the composition of the train is very helpful in finding your car, particularly when the stop is brief. Second class is quite comfortable and roomy, and more than acceptable. Avignon railway station very well located close to the old town, and very accessible. "

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    Train Travelling with a friend |
    "Great trains, great service. Only complaint is lugging large suitcases up and down stairs at major stations with no elevators or esculaters. "

  • Train trip |
    "It was quick, comfortable and efficient. "

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    Comfortable and fast |
    "An excellent trip - fast, comfortable, etc. However, I only changed trains at Nimes and then travelled to Carcassonne. "

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    A great way to travel |
    "The trip from Carcassonne to Toulouse Matabiau was uneventful; the train was comfortable, fast and on time. No complaints. The station staff were helpful and we found our way around the station with no trouble. "

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    Leaving Paris |
    "Such a relaxing, convenient method of transport! No baggage restrictions, clean, "

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    Easy Way to Travel, Go TGV. |
    "This TGV trip was excellent in every respect. "

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    Train experience in France |
    "We didn't end up travelling on the TGV as we eventually found out that all the trains were delayed due to a body being found on the tracks somewhere. We were eventually informed that we should catch another train and this we found to be excellent. Elevators were not clearly displayed or not in existance and thus we carried large and heavy luggage up "

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