With Ryanair flights arriving at Carcassonne Salvaza Airport from departure airports across Europe, including several in the UK, spending a few days in this attractive city is easy. Flights to Carcassonne from the United Kingdom depart from Dublin, Manchester, East Midlands Airport, Cork and London Stansted. There is a daily afternoon flight from London Stansted which has a direct flight time of approximately two hours. Schedules from other UK airports vary from a couple of flights a week to daily departures.
The small Carcassonne Salvaza Airport (CCF) is located two miles west of the city centre. A regular shuttle bus service runs from the airport to central Carcassonne. There are limited facilities at the airport terminal. These include WiFi, toilets, car parking and car hire desks as well as one shop and one bar-bistro.
All flights to Carcassonne from London Stansted and other UK airports are operated by Ryanair. These are all direct, with flight times that vary from one hour 55 minutes to two hours 20 minutes depending on the departure airport. Ryanair is a low-cost, Irish-owned airline that uses Dublin and London Stansted airports as its main hubs.
Travelling by plane from the United Kingdom to Carcassonne in France is the most straightforward way of making the journey. All flights are short and direct, while travelling by bus or train would involve complex planning and lengthy journeys. The Ryanair fleet is modern and comfortable, with on-board services that include trolley catering. You can also take your own food and soft drinks on board.
The walled Cité de Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should certainly be visited during a city break. Visitors may recognise parts of this historic town as it was used as a setting for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and also provided inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle, created by Walt Disney. Impressive jousting displays take place twice a day, while the Torture Museum is worth a visit – it is not, however, for the faint-hearted. A trip on the old merchandise canal barge, Le Haricot Noir provides something that is a little alternative while giving a different perspective on the city skyline.
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