Q: How do I get there?
By Train: Carcassonne is well serviced by the French rail system. It has both region and intercity service. From the Carcassonne train station you can take a taxi or walk to our home.
By Air: Carcassonne has its own local airport. If you are located in Europe, Ryanair serves the airport to/from Billund, Bournemouth, Brussels (Charleroi), Cork, Dublin, Eindhoven, Glasgow (Prestwick), Liverpool, London (Stansted), Nottingham (East Midlands airport) and Porto. Once you arrive at the Carcassonne airport, you can take a taxi or bus (~5€) to the centre of the Bastide area of Carcassonne.
Alternatively you can fly into Toulouse or Montpellier and take the train to Carcassonne (12-18€ and about 1-1.5 hour travel time).
Q: Is a car necessary? How do I arrange to rent a car?
A: You can comfortably spend a week in Carcassonne without a car. However, there are many activities just outside the city which are difficult to access without transportation. There are many options for car rentals in Carcassonne, including Avis, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and Europcar France. For the full list click here . Avis is within walking distance of our home. Other options are located at the Carcassonne airport.
Q: Where do we find food? How will we find the things we need?
A: Carcassonne is home to plenty of wonderful restaurants. We have provided a list of places to try in the welcome book. If you would prefer to eat-in, there is a fantastic outdoor market at Place Carnot every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as well as an indoor market located at Les Halles open everyday where you can purchase fresh meat, cheese, and fish. Our kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary amenities. You can find other grocery products at Carrefour or Monoprix which are both within a 5 minute walk from our home.
Q: How do I stay in contact with my family/business?
A: Our apartment is equipped with reliable high-speed wireless internet service so you can bring along your laptop or tablet and easily stay in touch. There are also cafes/bars in Carcassonne with free wifi.
For long-distance calls, we recommend you use Skype, Google Hangouts or another VoIP service.
Q: Where can we park?
A: Our location is ideal for parking your car. There is metered street parking directly in front of the building on the road off of Bd Jean Jaurès. For long-term parking we would strongly suggest Square Gambetta underground parking adjacent to our building. The costs is 20 Euros per week with full in and out privileges and monthly rates are also available.
Q: What’s the weather like in Carcassonne?
A: Carcassonne enjoys wonderful summers with lots of sunshine. The hottest months are the peak summer months of July and August when the average temperature is around 23°C. Daily highs are in the high 20s during summer but temperatures can reach into the 30s on the hottest days. June and September also enjoy good weather with plenty of sunshine and temperatures averaging around 20°C. Autumn is the favourite season of many travelers. The weather in September can be quite humid but by October the humidity is gone and the days are warm and sunny. November and December are cooler but still very enjoyable with lots of sunshine. January and February are considered winter with lots of rain and occasional frost and snow. March and April can be unpredictable with many glorious sunny days and temperatures in the high teens interspersed with cloudy, rainy cool days. May and June are very pleasant, lots of sunshine and warmth.
Q: What should we bring?
A: We have furnished our home with everything you will need to vacation comfortably. The kitchen is well-equipped with a full complement of small and large appliances. We have an ironing board, iron and a washer/dryer. There is a hair dryer available for your use. There is an iPod connection if you wish to listen to your own music and plenty of games, cards, and books as well as a flat screen TV with HDMI hookup so you can bring your laptop with your favourite movies. If you choose to bring any personal electrical appliances, the electrical voltage in France is 220 volts, 50 cycles. There will be enough soap, toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towel enough to begin your stay in the house but you may have to stock up on these items during your visit. Some condiments and non-perishable foods will be left for your use.
Q: Where do I pick up keys?
A: Before you leave for Carcassonne I will email a package of information/directions that will answer many of your questions about the location of my home and key pick up.