About Castelnaudary

Castelnaudary, the capital of Cassoulet offers a variety of things to see – not least the impressive views over the Black Mountains from the Cugarel Windmill view point. It is a great start (or finish) for boaters looking to enjoy pleasant countryside and a lazy meander past quiet towns and villages. A 7-night cruise to the west is a peaceful return journey to the contrasting hubbub of cosmopolitan Toulouse. However, most boaters choose to head east where, after two days of tranquil cruising, you’ll reach the spectacular fortified citadel of Carcassonne, the second most visited tourist attraction in France.

From Castelnaudary it is:

  • 13 hrs (31 locks) to our base in Carcassonne (Trèbes)
  • 20hrs (45 locks) to our base in Homps
  • 32.5hrs (63 locks) to our base in Port Cassafières

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What you get on the base


Toilets and showers 


Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Vacation Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue, Thu and Sun: 10am – 4pm | If there is no one at the base at a specific time during these hours, the phone number below will be diverted and an alternative number will also be displayed at the base.


Le Boat Castelnaudary, Le Grand Bassin
Quai du Canelot
F - 11492 Castelnaudary


+33 (0) 468 23 62 27

Travel to Castelnaudary

By Train

Closest train station(s):

  • Castelnaudary: 650m from the base

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas.


Directions from Paris: Take the A10/E50 toward Bordeaux. Keep left to continue on A10/E5, follow signs for A71/ Toulouse/ Bordeaux. Keep right to continue on A71/E9, follow signs for A20/Toulouse. Take the exit onto A20/ E9 towards Toulouse. Take the A20/E9/A62 exit toward Toulouse/ Bordeaux. Merge onto the A62, continue onto A61, keep left to stay on A61. Take the exit 21- Castelnaudary toward Town Centre (Centre Ville). Pass 1 first roundabout by turning left to the Town Centre. Pass a second roundabout (next to the Mc Donald’s) and continue straight on to the Town Centre. Continue straight and after the roundabout, the road goes above the railway, and turns left. At this bend, just before the bridge above the canal, turn left on the ‘Quai du Canelot’ and go on the road along the canal up to the base.



Secure parking offsite (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)

Car rental  

  • Castelnaudary: Rent a car: 32 Av. François Mitterrand, 11400 Castelnaudary (550 meters from the base) 
  • Toulouse airport 
  • Carcassonne airport 

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Carcassonne: 38 Km (E80)
  • Toulouse: 71 Km (E80)

Flights not available to book yet?

If your flight or ferry isn't available to book yet, worry not! We'll waive our amendment fee if you need to change your boat hire details to better suit the flight and ferry you eventually book. So book now with confidence. Terms & Conditions: Valid on all bookings made more than 6 months in advance of departure date. Only one amendment allowed free of charge. Departures to suit airline/ferry schedules cannot be guaranteed and any changes are subject to availability at time of making the amendment. Changes must be made within 4 weeks of the airline / ferry company releasing their schedule.


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For the Midi...

Ryanair fly to Carcassonne (only 15mins approx from our base in Trebes) from Bournemouth, London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool and Glasgow.  Or to Beziers (approx 20mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from Bristol, London Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh. Or to Montpellier (approx 50mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from Leeds Bradford.

Easyjet fly to Toulouse  (approx 45 minute drive from our base in Castelnaudary) from Bristol and London Gatwick. Or to Montpellier (approx 50mins from our base in Port Cassafieres) from London Luton and London Gatwick

By Sea

Closest port(s):

Santander (593km)

St Malo (827km)

Book your ferry to France today with our partners Direct Ferries.

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Taxi Aaron (+33 (0) 680 878681 | [email protected])

Taxi Vielmas (+33 (0) 603 538 738)

Taxi Veyrier (+33 (0) 468 941 919)

Taxi Cassaro (+33 (0) 468 94 9 921)


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Carcassonne Airport (CCF) 70€
  • Toulouse Airport (TLS) 130€
  • Castelnaudry Train Station 7€

Arrival at Castelnaudary

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


Du Canal - Tel. +33 (0)4 68 94 05 05

La Maison du Cassoulet - Tel. +33 (0) 4 68 23 27 23

Hôtel du Centre et du Lauragais – Tel. +33 (0)4 68 23 25 95



Chez David - Tel. +33 (0) 468 948 692

Entre Terre et Mer - Tel. +33 (0) 468 238 654

Le Petit Gazouillis - Tel. +33 (0) 468 230 818

La Belle Époque - Tel. +33 (0) 468 233 972

Le Point Grignotte - Tel. +33 (0) 468 233 183

Le Moulin Vert - Tel. +33 (0) 468 600 858

L’Escapade - Tel. +33 (0) 468 234 558


Spar (town centre, 15 min walking) - 09:00 - 19:30 (every day except Sundays)

Géant Casino (approx. 2.5 km from the base) – 08:30 - 20:30 (every day except Sundays)

Intermarché (approx. 2.5 km from the base) - 09:00 – 20:00 (every day except Sundays)

Lidl - 08:30 – 19:30 (every day except Sundays)

Market Days

Monday mornings

Tourist Info

Place de la République,

11400, Castelnaudary

Tel. +33 (0) 468 230 573



Electric car charging points

  • Lidl supermarket : Av. des Pyrénées, 11400 Castelnaudary
  • Hotel Ibis Styles : 100 Av. Gérard Rouvière, 11400 Castelnaudary
  • City center: 18 Place de la République, 11400 Castelnaudary