There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Carcassonne by train, night bus, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, night bus  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Girona Ave / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Girona to Perpignan
  3. Take the train from Perpignan to Narbonne Tgv
  4. Take the train from Narbonne to Carcassonne Ic / ...

$123 - $171

Cheapest option

Fly to Toulouse, train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Toulouse (TLS) MAD - TLS
  2. Take the train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Carcassonne

$42 - $125

5 alternative options

Bus  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Toulouse 748
  2. Take the bus from Toulouse to Carcassonne N716

$46 - $77

Train, bus  •  14 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Carcassonne

$97 - $143

Bus, night bus  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Perpignan
  2. Take the night bus from Perpignan to Carcassonne Ouibus

$63 - $93

Drive  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Carcassonne 552.5 miles

$110 - $180

Fly to Marseille, train  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Marseille (MRS) MAD - MRS
  2. Take the train from Aix-en-Provence TGV to Narbonne
  3. Take the train from Narbonne to Carcassonne

$89 - $259

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Carcassonne is to fly and train which costs 35€ - 110€ and takes 6 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Carcassonne is to fly and train which costs 35€ - 110€ and takes 6 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Carcassonne. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Carcassonne via Toulouse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 5 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Carcassonne is 590 km. The road distance is 884 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Carcassonne without a car is to train and night bus which takes 8 h 34 min and costs 100€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 34 min to get from Madrid to Carcassonne, including transfers.

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Madrid to Carcassonne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Toulouse Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Carcassonne.
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  • Distance: 368.8 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 34 min

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

You can take a bus from Madrid to Carcassonne via Toulouse in around 12 h 5 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,300
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $140
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$29 - $220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Girona
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Perpignan to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$16 - $24
1st Class
$21 - $35
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$16 - $23
1st Class
$20 - $30
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$19 - $28
1st Class
$26 - $40
Train from Aix-en-Provence TGV to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $90
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Perpignan to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$18 - $23
1st Class
$32 - $36
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$30 - $35
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $43
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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
Night bus from Girona to Perpignan
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Night bus from Perpignan to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Toulouse to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autocares Grupo Samar
Phone
+34 (0) 91 723 05 06
Email
autocares.samar@samar.es
Website
samar.es
Bus from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
9 h 19 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
samar.es
Bus from Madrid to Perpignan
Ave. Duration
11 h 51 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
samar.es
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Zaragoza to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com

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