By car

Via the motorway

From Perpignan: A9 towards Narbonne, then A61, exit 24, then N113 towards Carcassonne centre, follow signs for La Cité'
From Montpellier: A9 towards Perpignan, then A61, exit 24, then N113 towards Carcassonne centre, follow signs for 'La Cité'
From Toulouse: A6, exit 23, then N113 towards Carcassonne centre, follow signs for 'La Cité'

Parking in the Medieval Cité

Car park P0: disabled spaces and reserved for hotel guests
Car park P1: 100m walk and car park on separate level 400m walk (shuttle bus from July to September), chemin de Montlegun - spaces for motorhomes
Car park P2: Ile de la Cité, porte d'Aude


30 minutes: Free
45 minutes: €1
1 hour: €2
1 hr 30 mins: €4
2 hours: €6
4 hours: €7.50
6 hours: €9
8 hours: €10.50
10 hours: €12
12 hours: 13.50
Free between 8:00pm and 8:00am

From car parks in the town centre, the cite is a 15 minute walk:

Underground cark park Gambetta P3 (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Open-air car parks: Les Boulevards, banks of the Aude, the dôme

Outside high season, in the streets at the foot of the cité (barbacane, taxes)

On foot

There is a pleasant village atmosphere before you even reach the majestic Cité.
From the town centre (called the ville basse - low town, or bastide) you need to cross the pont neuf or the 'Pont Vieux' footbridge.

Porte Narbonnaise

You walk along the rue Trivalle, a pleasant setting with small restaurants and shops to reach the Porte Narbonnaise, the main entrance to the Medieval Cité. This is the nearest gate to the car parks.

Porte d'Aude

Walk along the Ile de la cité (playground, picnic area, walks, health trail along the banks of the river) and follow rue barbacane to reach the Porte d’Aude, opposite the church of St Gimer, the climb seems more arduous because it's the highest point of the ramparts, and the most impressive. You are at the foot of the château comtal.

By bus

Coach parking: car park P1 - 17 spaces

Line 4 – Bus stop Cité Médiévale
Urban network
View the Line 4 timetable

If you're staying on the outskirts of Carcassonne: visit the RCTA website to find out how to travel into Carcassonne.
Non-urban network, visit the RCTA website.

On the little train (shuttle)

From 1st June to 30th September
Two circuits go to the Medieval Cité
Circuit 1: Chénier (Canal du Midi) to the Cité Médiévale
Circuit 2: Cité Médiévale to Chénier (Canal du Midi)
For more information, visit the RTCA website.