Getting here

Let's go to Tarn, to visit Cordes sur Ciel and explore the medieval villages!

Go..., direction Le Tarn, less than 100 km from Toulouse, whether by bike, car, motorcycle or train...

And why not opt for a gentle move...

“During a trip; hiking; visiting friends or family, use the train!”

Coming by car

Paris – Cordes sur Ciel: 665 km, A20 motorway, exit Caussade, follow signs for St Antonin-Noble Val

Toulouse – Cordes sur Ciel: 76 km, A68 motorway, exit Gaillac/Cordes Montpellier – Cordes sur Ciel: 216 km

Tourist Office GPS coordinates: 44°03’45 » N, 1°57’27 » E

Choose your route:

Travelling by bus

Coaches: Albi bus station

Tarn’bus, route 707 Cordes sur Ciel – Albi / Albi – Cordes sur Ciel

Information and timetable: SPL d’Un Point à l’Autre: 0811.990.081 (from French landline/mobile only – calls charged at local rate)

Information via the following link:

Route 107-30 Montauban Station – Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val via Bruniquel and Penne. 

This route operates only on Saturdays and Sundays from 18th July to 30th August 2020.

Further details via the following link:

Travelling by coach from Toulouse

Departures every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in July & August, every Thursday and Saturday in April, May, June & September, and Saturdays only in March, October & November.

Information and bookings on

Coming by taxi

Taxi Cordais

All distances

Tel.: +33 (0)6 22 42 72 11 – email:

Taxi Gilles

Prior booking recommended, all journeys, 24/7 service, +33 (0)5 63 56 87 52 / +33 (0)5 63 53 02 32 (home) / +33 (0)6 16 30 14 90 (mob)

Travelling by train

Cordes-Vindrac station (5 km from Cordes): +33 (0)5 63 56 05 64 Daily TER express trains (Albi, Toulouse and Brive)

SNCF rail information: 3635 (from French phones – €0.34/min) Information & reservation:

Bus route 707. Operates daily from Cordes sur Ciel station. See timetable

Travelling by plane

1h15mn by road / +33 (0)5 65 76 02 09 / / Site:

  • Carcassonne Airport:

2h via A61 motorway / +33 (0)4 68 71 96 47 / Site:

Parking in Cordes

Parking and car parks

Parking fees apply (*) – all-day fixed rates (8 am to 8 pm) for 2 periods: €2 in December/January/February; €3,50 rest of the year. As of 1 June 2021, the rest of the year will increase to €4.

Several car parks are at your disposal (see map below).

Pay car parks are indicated in blue and the free car park in orange (cars only).

We recommend you allow at least a half-day for a quick visit and a full day if you intend to visit our museums as well.

Les Tuileries (P1): free car park in the valley, 250 spaces (5-minute walk to the tourist information point, up a steep pathway with steps). Distance from the medieval centre: 800 m – 25 mn minimum.

Saint Crucifix car park (P2)*: bottom of the village, 124 spaces. Distance from the medieval centre: 1 km – 23 mn minimum.

Place de la Bouteillerie*: bottom of the village, 39 spaces. Distance from the medieval centre: 600 m – 20 mn minimum.

Street parking (top of the village)*: between Le Planol and the medieval centre: 300 m – 6 mn minimum.

There’s also a blue-zone shopping area at the bottom of the village where you can park free of charge for 10 to 30 minutes (blue European parking disc required).

Further details at:

The camper van service area at Cordes sur Ciel

Is open all year round. Fees apply.

The ticket machine only accepts card payments, including contactless. Fees: €7 per pitch including 1 overnight stay and tourist tax.

Payment for overnight stay required from 11 am.

Token machine for water and power supply

  • €1 per token for 60 litres of water or 3 hours of electricity
  • coins only; accepted coins: 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes, €1 and €2; no water available from November to March.

Shaded pitches less than a 150-metre walk from the bottom of the village of Cordes sur Ciel (steep uphill slope). Patrolled by local police.

Walking up

To reach the upper part of the town on foot, we recommend you take Grand Rue de l’Horloge, the street starting at the Maison du Pays.

This will allow you to admire the architecture and fully appreciate the beauty of Cordes sur Ciel, as well as visiting the artists’ studios and craft shops.

Be aware, however, that the alleyways leading to the medieval centre are cobbled and very steep.

Allow at least 20 minutes to walk up… with appropriate footwear!

Coach passengers must be dropped at the bottom of the village on Avenue du 8 mai 1945, at the dedicated drop-off point.

Cordes sur Ciel tourist train

Opening times: Spring – Summer – Autumn.

From 1st May to 30th June, daily, 10 am – 12.30 pm & 2 pm – 4.30 pm (or 5.30 pm for pre-booked groups).

From 1st July to 31st August, daily, 10 am – 12.30 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm (or 9.30 pm for pre-booked groups).

From 1st September to 31st October, daily, 10 am – 12.30 pm & 2 pm – 4.30 pm (or 5.30 pm for pre-booked groups).

Fares: Adult: €3 – Child (aged 3-12 years): €2 – Free for children under 3 years.

Departs from Place de la Bouteillerie

Telephone: +33 (0)5 63 43 28 42 / Mail :
Website (URL) :
Payment methods: Cheque – French holiday vouchers – Cash

Disabled access

The steep slopes make the medieval village difficult to reach for disabled persons. The narrow cobblestone streets are tricky terrain for wheelchair users.

To allow everyone access to the village, parking spaces reserved for cars displaying a disabled disc can be found in the heart of the historic centre:

–  3 free spaces inside the medieval village (opposite the church, Place Charles Portal)

–  2 free spaces outside the medieval village in the upper part of Cordes (Le Planol)

NB: if you use these parking spaces, please ensure the appropriate disabled disc is visible in your vehicle. If you do not have a disabled disc, you can be dropped in the medieval village but your driver must park outside it.

Other parking spaces can be found in the lower part of the town, including 4 free spaces near the main intersection (Place Sol Grand).

You can also take the little tourist train which runs from the lower town up to the gates of the medieval village and can carry wheelchair users.