PROLOGUE - How to Arrive in Style

FLYING

The easiest way to get to Montolieu is to fly by Ryanair to Carcassonne, and then hire a car or get a taxi for the remaining 10 miles (20 minutes) journey. There are a number of car-hire options at the airport (eg Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, etc). If you don't want to drive, you can get a taxi for the 20 minute journey. We can also sometimes arrange a local friend to collect you from the airport (please ask us for further details).

Flight journey time from London Stansted is around 90 minutes, and you can also fly from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cork and Dublin, Brussels and Porto. Nearby airports also include Toulouse, Beziers and Perpignan.

DRIVING

From the UK, you can take the Eurotunnel to Calais, or the ferry from Dover-Calais, or Newhaven-Dieppe. It is possible to drive from Northern France to Montolieu in one very long day (from Calais it's 660 miles, or 590 miles from Dieppe) - but we'd suggest you take in at least one overnight stop, and enjoy the journey through central France. It is also possible to take the ferry from Portsmouth-Bilbao in Northern Spain, and then drive from there (330 miles). From the UK, you can take the to Calais, or the ferry from , or . It is possible to drive from Northern France to in one very long day (from Calais it's 660 miles, or 590 miles from Dieppe) - but we'd suggest you take in at least one overnight stop, and enjoy the journey through central France. It is also possible to take the ferry from in Northern Spain, and then drive from there (330 miles). 

TRAIN

It's possible to go by train from London Kings Cross to Carcassonne, via Paris and Montpellier. Journey time is around 10 hours.