As in most rural regions in France, there's an array of bus companies (in addition to SNCF buses, Intercars, Semvat, Courriers de la Garonne, Salt Autocars, Transnod, among others) threading the Midi-Pyrénées countryside. Toulouse's bus routes run to and from Albi (1½ hrs, €13), Auch, Castres, Foix (1 hr, €8), Carcassonne (2 hrs, €12), and Montauban; Albi connects with Cordes-sur-Ciel (summer only; other times take a train to Cordes-Vindrac, 5 km [3 miles] away) and Montauban; Montauban with Moissac (20 mins, €4) and Auch; and Montpellier with Narbonne. For Courriers Catalans, Cars Capeille, and Car Inter 66 buses to the Côte Vermeille, Collioure, Céret, Prades, and Font-Romeu depart from Perpignan. Also from Perpignan the Conseil General (www.cg66.fr) operates an extensive network of buses for €1 linking almost all towns and villages in the entire département. All destinations on the train line from Perpignan to Villefranche are also just €1. The train to Carcassonne is scenic and romantic, although buses (cheaper and faster) go there as well.
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