About Castelnaudary

Due to the effects of Coronavirus, we have delayed the opening of this base. For more information please visit our Go Boating with Confidence page.

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 'Holiday 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

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)

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)

Market Days

Monday mornings

Tourist Info

Place de la République,

11400, Castelnaudary

Tel. +33 (0) 468 230 573



Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue, Thu and Sun: 10am – 4pm


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€

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 (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)


By Train

Closest train station(s):

  • Castelnaudary: 650m from the base

By Air

Closest airport(s):

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

Arrival at Castelnaudary

When to arrive

Please arrive any time from 14:00 - our teams will get you checked in and carry out your briefing once early boarding customers have set off. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00. 

Late arrivals 

If you are going to be arriving at the base after 16:00, please inform the base directly or our sales team so we can make sure everything is prepared for your arrival. If you arrive later than 17:00, 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). If you want to check out before 09:00 please let our base team know when you check in so they can arrange this. 

Local info