About Narbonne

Located on the Canal de la Robine, Narbonne is a bustling city with a wealth of historic sightseeing opportunities and dining experiences. A 3.5hr cruise to the south, where the canal winds past vast open lakes, you’ll reach the fishing village of Port-la-Nouvelle where you can visit the sandy beaches.  Alternatively, head 4hrs north and you’ll intersect with the Canal du Midi. You have the choice then to head west to lively Béziers (11hrs from Narbonne) or east past pretty Le Somail and the central Midi region.

From Narbonne it is:

  • 27hrs (61 locks) to our base in Castelnaudary
  • 14hrs (30 locks) to our base in Trèbes
  • 7.5hrs (16 locks) to our base in Homps
  • 13.5hrs (22 locks) to our base in Port Cassafières

What you get on the base

Facilities

Toilets

Wifi

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 'Planning your adventure' 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.

Hotels

Les Floriales – Tel: +33 (0) 468 903 535

Moulin du Gua - Tel: +33 (0) 468 414 414

La Résidence - Tel: +33 (0) 468 321 941

Will's Hotel - Tel: +33 (0) 468 904 450

Corail – Tel: +33 (0) 468 490 433

 

Restaurants

L'Estagnol - Tel: +33 (0) 468 650 927

Le Petit Comptoir - Tel: +33 (0) 468 423 035

En Face - Tel: +33 (0) 468 751 617

L'Asia - Tel: +33 (0) 468 323 660

Pizzeria i Tifosi - Tel: +33 (0) 468 424 100

 

Shops

SUPERMARKET: Marche U is a 5 minute walk from the base which is open from 7am - 8pm everyday and in the mornings on Sundays. Carrefour City is a 7 minute walk from the base and open from 7am - 10pm everyday and in the mornings on Sundays.

Local market

An excellent undercover market is held in the town centre every morning throughout the year between 08:30 - 12:30

Fishing

Fishing is allowed on the canal throughout the season and a license is needed. It is possible to purchase a holiday license from June to September and can be brought from a shop close to the base. It costs about 30€ and is valid for 2 weeks.

Tourist info

31 Rue Jean Jaurès

Tel: +33 (0) 468 651 560

www.narbonne-tourisme.com 

 

Medical facilities

Dr Bros, 22 Quai de Lorraine, Tel: +33 (0) 468 45 07 38

Dr Meric Bernard et Marion, 31 Avenue Anatole France, Tel: +33 (0) 468 42 35 73

Opening hours

Every day 9am - 12:30pm 2pm - 5:30pm

Address

Le Boat Narbonne, Halte Nautique
7 Quai d’Alsace
F – 11100 Narbonne
France

Telephone

+33 (0) 468 651 455

Travel to Narbonne

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.

 

Allo Aude Taxis’ (+33 (0) 603 836 383 / [email protected])

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

Beziers Airport (BZR) 85€

Cascassonne Airport (CCF) 125€

Montpellier Airport (MPL) 175€

Toulouse Airport (TLS) 285€

Narbonne Train Station 10€

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. Car transfers are bookable in advance via our sales team. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. For hire cars, you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional "unnamed" driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.

 

Please contact the sales team for 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, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas

 

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, triangle & florescent jacket 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

Directions from Calais: From Calais take A26 Auto route to Reims, then A4 to Châlon-sur-Marne, then A26 to Troyes, then A5 to Langres, then A31 to Beaune, then A6 to Lyon, then A7 to Orange then A9 to Narbonne. Leave Autoroute at junction Narbonne Est. Head for ‘Centre Ville’ and ‘Gare’ (railway station). Opposite the station turn left, follow along 300mtrs and turn right just before crossing the canal (Quai d’Alsace is signposted) Go straight on under Railway Bridge onto quai d’Alsace. Le Boat is on your right. Road distance approximately 1100 kms 11hrs.

 

Directions from Paris: Take A6 to Lyon, then A7 to Orange, then A9 to Narbonne. Leave Auto route at junction Narbonne Est. Head for ‘Centre Ville ‘ and ‘Gare’ (railway station). Opposite the station turn left, follow along 300mtrs and turn right just before crossing the canal (Quai d’Alsace is signposted) Go straight on under Railway Bridge onto quai D’Alsace. Connoisseur is on your right.

 

From motorway exit NARBONNE EST: Follow the direction GARE. When you arrive opposite the railway station turn left, follow along until the canal and turn right just before going over it onto Quai d’Alsace. The office is 200m further on, on the right just after the footbridge.

 

From motorway exit NARBONNE SUD: Follow the direction CENTRE VILLE. When you are in the center at the roundabout with a fountain, turn left towards BEZIERS, follow along until you go past the new Mediathèque and the old concrete building then turn left following the sign for QUAI D’ALSACE. Go straight on for 300m and turn right just before going over the canal. The office is 200 m further on the right just after the footbridge. 

By train

Closest train station(s):

Narbonne: 1.5 km

By air

Closest airport(s):

Beziers: 45 km

Carcassonne: 65 km

Montpellier: 100 km

Toulouse: 150 km

Arrival at Narbonne

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 UK/IRE 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 holiday 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 holiday 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 holiday. 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