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

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Train  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Narbonne Ave
  2. Take the train from Narbonne to Carcassonne Toulouse / Narbonne / Nimes / Cerbère / ...

$119 - $164

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Fly to Toulouse, train  •  5 h 46 min

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

$40 - $123

5 alternative options

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  6 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Carcassonne Tgv

$137 - $174

Bus Autocares Grupo Samar  •  11 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Toulouse
  2. Take the bus from Toulouse to Carcassonne 718 / ...

$60 - $85

Bus ALSA  •  18 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Zaragoza
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Carcassonne

$78 - $127

Drive  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Carcassonne 552.5 miles

$110 - $180

Fly to Barcelona, train  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN) MAD - BCN
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Carcassonne

$98 - $231

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Carcassonne is to fly and train which costs 35€ - 110€ and takes 5 h 46 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 5 h 46 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 11 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Carcassonne. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Carcassonne via Narbonne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 21 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 which takes 6 h 21 min and costs 100€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 21 min to get from Madrid to Carcassonne, including transfers.

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Madrid to Carcassonne bus services, operated by Autocares Grupo Samar, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Carcassonne train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Carcassonne is to train which takes 6 h 21 min and costs 100€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 11 h 39 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Carcassonne.
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  • Distance: 368.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 21 min

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Carcassonne via Narbonne in around 6 h 21 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Carcassonne via Toulouse in around 11 h 39 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,300
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $140
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Narbonne to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$15 - $22
1st Class
$19 - $30
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$19 - $28
1st Class
$25 - $40
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
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 - $34
Train from Barcelona Sants to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$85 - $120
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 - $42
Bus operators
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 Toulouse to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Madrid to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zaragoza to Carcassonne
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com
HIFE S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902119814
Email
hife@hife.es
Website
hife.es
Bus from Madrid to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
hife.es
Book at
movelia.es

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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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Madrid to Carcassonne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Carcassonne station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Carcassonne is 884 km. It takes approximately 8 h 31 min to drive from Madrid to Carcassonne.

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Ryanair, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Toulouse Airport.

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There are 615+ hotels available in Carcassonne. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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