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There are 4 ways to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2h 58m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Narbonne to Carcassonne Ter / ...

47€ - 88€

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Bus  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Carcassonne Bcn169 / ...

12€ - 40€

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  3h 44m

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Carcassonne 303.6 km

20€

Drive  •  2h 55m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Carcassonne 304.9 km

30€ - 50€

Barcelona to Carcassonne by train

The train journey time between Barcelona and Carcassonne is around 3h 30m and covers a distance of around 305 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 25m. Operated by Renfe SNCF, SNCF, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Barcelona to Carcassonne train service departs from Barcelona-Sants and arrives in Carcassonne. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne is to bus which costs 12€ - 40€ and takes 5h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne is to drive. Taking this option will cost 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Carcassonne. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Carcassonne. However, there are services departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Carcassonne via Narbonne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 58m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Carcassonne is 204 km. The road distance is 304.9 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne without a car is to train which takes 2h 58m and costs 45€ - 90€.

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It takes approximately 2h 58m to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Carcassonne bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona to Carcassonne train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Carcassonne is to train which takes 2h 58m and costs 45€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 40€ and takes 5h 15m.

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  • Distance: 204.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 58m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France?

You can take a train from Barcelona to Carcassonne via Narbonne in around 2h 58m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Barcelona to Carcassonne 3 times a day. Tickets cost 26€ - 40€ and the journey takes 5h 15m. Three other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 23€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
8€ - 13€
Rail 1st Class
15€ - 23€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
22€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
20€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
26€ - 31€
1st Class
20€ - 24€
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
alsa.com
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Phone
+34 937 065 366
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from Barcelona Nord to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Barcelona Nord - Bus Station to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€
Book at
blablacar.es

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Barcelona to Carcassonne bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Carcassonne station.

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Barcelona to Carcassonne train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Carcassonne station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Carcassonne is 305 km. It takes approximately 2h 55m to drive from Barcelona to Carcassonne.

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There are 300+ hotels available in Carcassonne. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Carcassonne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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