Marseille to Carcassonne by train

How to take the rail journey from Marseille to Carcassonne

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From Marseille-Saint-Charles to Carcassonne

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Final Destination: Bordeaux or Toulouse

All trains also call at: Beziers and Narbonne

Mon - Fri = 8 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 7 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date, but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding; this one of the premium Intercités routes with compulsory reservations

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €20

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Download the SNCF Connect App from €20
Saveatrain from €20

Saveatrain Guide

RailEurope from €20
Trainline from €20

Trainline Guide

On this journey

This is a pleasant journey, with some sporadic nice views.

If your reserved seat is on the left, there are some nice coastal views over Marseille as the train departs the city.

Then between Montpellier and Narbonne the train follows the coast, the Mediterranean is on the left, but the train passes a series of lagoons and these are best appreciated if you are sat on the right.

Between Narbonne and Carassonne, the train takes a path through a typically French rural landscape.

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