Taxis to and from Carcassonne Airport (CCF)
Carcassonne Airport is located in one of the most popular areas of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, and is therefore quite an important gateway. It serves the city of Carcassonne, as well as the many nearby towns in the Aude department of the country, and is well known as the Salvaza Airport. Another popular name for this airport is the Carcassonne en Pays Cathare Airport, and it is recognised by its official airport code of CCF. Transport for passengers is provided by the Carcassonne Taxis, as well as by the shuttle buses that travel to the city, but by taxi is often a very popular way to reach all surrounding areas. Taxis are a quicker service than a bus, and may even be somewhat cheaper.
The airport of Carcassonne is located on the western edge of the city, just 3km, or 2 miles from its centre. It is also particularly nearby the areas of Saint-Jean de Grèzes and Galinier, and the larger areas of Pennautier, Caux-et-Sauzens, Lavalette, Arzens, Cavanac and Cazilhac. The airport consists of a single terminal building, which facilities which include banking and currency exchange services, ATMs, shops and a restaurant, business meeting rooms, a VIP lounge and Wi-Fi internet connections, and is considered as a very efficient establishment for the majority of passengers. However, since that it is only a small airport, it can be quite crowded during the busier season. From just outside the arrival area, one of the Carcassonne Airport taxis can take you to any nearby destination, and will be waiting at the taxi rank of the airport.
Taxis at the airport are generally available at all hours, but mostly at the time of arrival flights. Taxis can be reserved in advance, but this is seldom necessary. In the event that there is no taxi available when you are ready to leave the airport, simply ask one of the staff members at the airport information desk to call one for you. The information desk is found in the departures hall of the terminal building. It is also recommended to use only the official taxi services of the airport, as they are adequately licensed to drive passengers to and from this location. Other services offered should be declined, as their vehicles may not meet the required standards, and passengers will take the risk of being overcharged.
The Carcassonne Airport taxis are equipped with a meter device that will record the distance of the journey in kilometres. The taxi fare is then calculated accordingly. Passengers are recommended to ensure their taxi’s meter is switched on and in working condition, and is wise to discuss the price of the taxi ride with your driver before leaving the airport. The taxi drivers are generally able to speak French and English. The rate charged will depend on the time of day the taxi service is used, as the per kilometre rate is more expensive later in the evening, or during night-time and early morning hours. Approximately €0.74 per kilometre is charged for journeys between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00, on weekdays and Saturdays, while €1.48 is charged for journeys outside of these hours, and for trips made on Sundays and public holidays. There is also usually a fixed minimum charge at which the meter begins, and additional charges could be made for luggage loaded, animals in the vehicle and for more than four adult passengers.
The airport is located so nearby the city centre of Carcassonne that a trip by taxi will only take about ten minutes, and cost about €12.00 during normal daytime hours. A taxi drive to the ‘La Cité’, which is the medieval part of Carcassonne, and which is located on the other side of the town from the airport, will take a little longer, and cost about €15.00. Other popular destinations and their approximate prices include Laure-Minervois and Villeneuvre-Minervois - €34.00, Caunes-Minervois, Capendu and Limoux – €41.00, Rieux-Minervois, Trausse-Minervois and Peyriac-Minervois – €46.00, La Redorte, Azille and Pepieux – €53.00, Olonzac and Port Minervois – €60.00, Argens-Minervois – €69.00 and the Castres-Mazamet Airport – €100.00. Narbonne, Albi and Beziers Airport are located a bit further, and will cost over €100.00 by taxi.
Similar to a taxi service, a private transfer can often be arranged from the airport. Private transfers are offered by a variety of companies, and are usually similar in price to that of a conventional taxi. They may even be cheaper, depending on the number of people travelling. Private transfers are best for larger groups of passengers, and are also often chosen by families who have younger children in need of a car seat for the journey, as a car seat can be requested from the majority of service providers. Taxis and private transfer vehicles may also be suitable for the transport of a disabled person in a wheelchair. Special services such as these should be reserved in advance of your arriva.
The Carcassonne Taxis are found to be a reliable and safe form of transport by the majority of passengers at the airport, and their drivers are known to be friendly and professional. The telephone number for the airport information desk is as follows: +33 (0)4 68 47 18 50.