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Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Fast Track Ticket

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The castle and walls of Carcassonne are part of one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. Immerse yourself in its fascinating history when you reserve this fast track ticket.

The castle and walls of Carcassonne are part of one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. Immerse yourself in its fascinating history when you reserve this fast track ticket.

Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Fast Track Ticket

The legendary, impenetrable fortress of Carcassonne was the scene of fierce confrontations between the French and Aragonese in their struggle to control this strategic area during the middles ages.

Your fast track ticket to this historic fortress allows you to visit the romanesque Chapel of the Bastion, the Machicolations (galleries from which projectiles and other weapons were dropped on enemies), and the barbican, a defensive gateway above the moat.

The entrance also includes fast track access to the citadel's ramparts. You can take a stroll, at your own pace, around the walled perimeter of the medieval city, exploring the different towers and battlements of the enclosure. From the top, you will also enjoy extraordinary views of the Aude river valley.

If you gaze down from the ramparts, you will see the beautiful historical city center of Carcassonne, featuring the elegant Saint-Nazaire basilica and the majestic Narbonne Gate.

Opening times

Between 1st April and 30th September, both the castle and the ramparts of Carcassonne are open from 10 am to 6:15 pm, with the last access at 5:45 pm.

Between 1st October and 31st March, the castle and ramparts are open from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm, with the last access at 3:45 pm.

When making your reservation, you must indicate which of the following time frames you would like to visit:

  • 9:30 am to 12 pm
  • 12 pm to 2 pm
  • 2 pm to 4 pm
  • 4 pm to 5:45 pm

The last access is 45 minutes prior to closing time.

After making your reservation, we will get in touch with you within 72 hours to let you know the specific time you've been assigned for your visit. This specific time will always fall within your selected time frame.

On December 24 and 31 the castle and walls will close at 4 pm.

Skip-the-line

With this ticket, you will avoid the queues at the ticket offices. However, you will have to wait in line to for the security checks.

Free admission

Admission to the Castle and walls of Carcassonne is free for the following individuals:

  • Young people from the European Union between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Children under 18 years old, regardless of their nationality.
  • Unemployed people, people with disabilities and one companion, journalists, architecture students, tourism professionals, military, police, and other state security forces.

Admission is also free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month between January 1 and March 31, and between November 1 and December 31.

In order to acquire the free admission mentioned above, you'll have to go to the site’s ticket office and present a certifying document of your eligibility for a free ticket.

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Price

Per person
Entry to the castle and ramparts
US$ 10

Entry to the castle and ramparts

  • Per person

    US$ 10

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Covid-19 Measures

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Fast track ticket to the castle and ramparts of Carcasonne

When to book?

You can book up to 2 days before (Carcassonne local time) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Cancellations

Not refundable. This activity does not permit modifications nor cancelations.

Meeting point

1, Rue Violet-le-Duc.

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