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 Trèbes
  • 20hrs (45 locks) to our base in Homps
  • 32.5hrs (63 locks) to our base in Port Cassafières
  • 27hrs (61 locks) to our base in Narbonne

What you get on the base





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 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.



Early & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack


Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

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.

Flybe fly to Toulouse (approx 45 minute drive from our base in Castelnaudary) from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. With Flybe you can hold your flights for 24hrs for £1.99 giving you time to secure your boat before you confirm.

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

Opening hours

Mon - Sun: 8:30am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 6pm


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


+33 (0) 468 94 52 94

Travel to Castelnaudary

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€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and prices.

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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe


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 & 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 (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)


By Train

Closest train station:

  • Castelnaudary: 650m from the base

By Air

Closest airports:

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

Arrival at Castelnaudary

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

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



Le Clos Fleuri – Tel. +33 (0) 4 68 94 01 20

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)

Netto - open Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 12:30 / 14:30 - 19:30, Friday and Saturday 09:00 - 19:30, Sunday 9:00 - 13:00

Leader Price - open Monday to Saturday 08:30 - 19:30, Sunday 9:00 - 13:00

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


Local market

Monday mornings



A fishing license is needed. From June to September, a holiday license can be acquired. This can be ordered in advance on https://www.cartedepeche.fr and the license is valid for 2 weeks. 


Tourist Info

Place de la République,

11400, Castelnaudary

Tel. +33 (0) 468 230 573