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Getting There

Carcassonne's airport is 3km (2 miles) west of the city and has flights from destinations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, and Portugal. Carcassonne is a major stop for trains between Toulouse and destinations south and east. Trains arrive from Toulouse, Montpellier, and Marseilles, among other destinations. For rail information, call tel. 36-35, or visit www.voyages-sncf.com. Buses to Carcassonne are mainly a local service. If you're driving, Carcassonne is on A61 southeast of Toulouse.

Visitor Information

The central Office de Tourisme is at 28 rue de Verdun (tel. 04-68-10-24-30; fax 04-68-10-24-38; www.carcassonne-tourisme.com). There is also a smaller office at Porte Narbonnaise. The office has information on boat trips along the Canal du Midi, bike rentals, and more.

Special Events

The town's nightlife sparkles during its summer festivals. During the Festival de Carcassonne (tel. 04-68-11-59-15; www.festivaldecarcassonne.com) in July, concerts, modern and classical dance, operas, and theater fill the city. Out of the 120 or so concerts, around 80 of them are free. On July 14, Bastille Day, France's second-largest fireworks display (after Paris's) lights up the skies over La Cité in a dramatic spectacle that looks as if the fortress is in flames.

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