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Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

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Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

We are booked to stay 4 nights in Carcassonne. What would be the cheapest way to buy train tickets, as we would like to travel to toulouse and any where else that is recommended please, many thanks Jenny

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1. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

Travel to Carcassonne from where? Travel to Toulouse from where?

For info on trains use the website www.tgv-europe.com for schedules and prices and booking. Don't forget to uncheck the box marked "Direct Trains" to see all possible options. If the TGV site redirects you to the RailEurope website then try again and enter "Antarctica" as your ticket collection country. Other countries may also work but just try to find a country that doesn't get you redirected to RailEurope. The RailEurope website often doesn't show all the trains and generally has higher prices but you can check just to compare. You can buy tickets up to 90 days in advance and the earlier you buy them the cheaper they will be. The discounted tickets are known as PREM tickets but these are non-refundable and can't be exchanged.

The local trains (TER trains) have fixed prices and no reservations so no need to buy those in advance. Just walk up and buy them at the counter before your train leaves.

Here is a website that will tell you how to navigate the TGV website:

www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchTrain.htm

An excellent website to learn all about train travel in Europe is www.seat61.com.

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2. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

You can download and print the current timetable here

…ter-sncf.com/Images/…

It won't change much for the summer.

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3. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

We booked on the SNCF website, then picked the tickets up at the self-service machine at the station.

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4. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

Thanks for that info

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5. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

Any suggestions for a day trip by rail from Carcassonne?

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You might consider doing one of the guided tours offered on the tourist office website:

carcassonne-tourisme.com/carcassonne_EN.nsf/…

I know there are other day tour offered from Carcassonne but perhaps one of our posters who is more knowledgeable about the area will mention one. You can also contact the tourist office to see what other tours are available.

As far as what day trips are available by train and/or bus I think you need to read up on the region in a guidebook and see what might interest you and what is reachable by public transport. You've got the train website so if you plug in a destination with Carcassonne as your starting point you can see how to get there, how long it will take and how much it will cost.

The train website I gave you will also show buses, which will be indicated by the word "Coach" beneath the time. It's a much better region to explore by car than by public transport.

Here's the link to the local bus network but it's in French only:

agglocarcassonnais.fr/Le-reseau-urbain-et-in…

I really think you'd get the most value for your money if you could hook up with a group bus or mini-van tour. A great tour would be to do a day trip through the mountains to see some of the Cathar castles and I'm sure there must be day tours that offer this and leave from Carcassonne.

Spend some time searching the Carcassonne forum here on TA and you'll probably find out about these companies and answer a lot of other questions you didn't even know you wanted to ask.

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7. Re: Travelling between Toulouse and Carcassonne

Thanks for that info, much appreciated

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