Flights & Airport from/to Toulouse, Toulouse
In 2002 a traveller from Montreal wrote here about his bad experience with a flight from Brussels to Toulouse.
Well, Sabena does not exist anymore. A few years ago the Sabena merged with Swissair and that group went bankrupt!
A new company was founded: SN Brussels Airlines flying mainly on European destinations and some African. There are 2 daily flights Brussels-Toulouse.
On Toulouse Brussels Airlines flies on AvroRJ100 or AvroRJ85 which, although not brand new models are, in my opinion rather comfortable, because they are relatively small (97 or 82 passengers) planes with 2 + 3 row seats and 4 reactors what allows take off on short strips. The distance between the seats in economic class is normal i.e. comfortable in comparison with charters and low cost companies. Furthermore SNBA serves food and drinks (even wine), daily papers, free also in the economic class. Since 2007 Brussels Airlines has unfortunately given up this free restauration in economic class.
Fares are very competitive when booking 2-3 months in advance.
I paid for my to & return flight 113 € all inclusive. The plane was well on time, the service was very good on both flights. In 2008 prices have increased.
You can find a low cost Ryanair flight at about 90 € all inclusive (in 2006) between Brussels-Charleroi and Carcassone, But the airport of Charleroi is 40 km south from Brussels and Carcassone is at 90 km from Toulouse. If Ryanair is a low cost company it is also a true no service company.
Their Boeings 737 are new but the distance between rows is that of charters. OK if you are less than 1.60m height.
When you leave the arrivals hall look out at the curbside for the bus stops. Take the bus marked Centre Ville, which will take you from Toulouse Blagnac airport to the Gare Routiere at Matabiu station. Along the way you will get a nice drive through the city. There are only a few (4) stops on the way so you will most likely be with everyone else coming from the airport with their baggage.
The trip costs 5 euro and your ticket is also valid on the subway system if you need to take that to your hotel. A very reasonable alternative to a taxi. It is only a 20 minute trip (it didn't seem that short when i was on it though.) Service starts at 5 am and closes at 015.
Other buses that serve Blagnac Airport:
Bus number 25 : Blagnac Emile Zola - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Bus number 30 : Fenouillet Centre Commercial - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Bus number 66 : Toulouse St Cyprien - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Bus number 88 : Grenade - Seilh - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
If you're comming to Toulouse by plane, I would recomend taking the bus (Navette) to the centre ville (downtown). They have buses every 20 min and it's very cheap (3,90 euros) if compared to a taxi ride (20-35 euros).
They have a small office outside the airport (on the sidewalk).....If the office is closed, you can pay directly to the driver....Last bus might leave around 23:30h....From downtown to the airport, go to Gare Matabiau to take the bus.
L'aéroport est à 10 minutes du centre ville en voiture, ou 20 minutes par La Navette, le bus qui relie l'aéroport au centre ville et à la Gare Matabiau.
At ten minutes of the center city whith car, and twenty minutes by bus.
Aerial shuttle between Paris and Toulouse.
Of the results :
5 millions of passengers per year
48% of increase on 5 years
Regulars nationals and international planes.
Also an airport of merchandises
The airport is at Blagnac, a bit northwest of the city. It's where Airbus, Aerospatiale etc have their main facilities.
My arrival (on BA from London - so international) was perfect. On time. We were disembarked quickly and passport control was fast.
Bags took about 10 minutes, so fine too.
Buses and taxis right outside to get you into the city. €1.60 into town on the city bus 66.
The terminal felt a bit "industrial", but that's fine compared with the scruffy places (where shopping is the main activity) which I'm used to in UK.
We went by plane. From Montreal to Brussels and then to Toulouse. The second plane we took was with Sabena and everything that could go wrong went wrong... be carefull if you choose this company...
By foot is the best way to get around in Toulouse (with a very big metro system), but if you get tired and want to get out of the city, you should rent a car.
Toulouse is served by a number of major airlines from the UK both direct and via Paris, eg BA,Air France. Buzz, the budget airline, also fly to Toulouse from Stansted.
Ryanair say they fly to Toulouse but actualy fly to Carcassone. This is a beautiful town in its own right but some way away from Toulouse.
In the winter a cheaper option may be to bok onto a charter flight, through one of the ski companies ie Thomson.
To get to the areas described in my pages you could also consider flying to Biarritz with Ryanair.
From Toulouse airport there's a regular shuttle bus to the main rail station and a regular train service to Lourdes-Pau & Biarritz. From Lourdes there's an SNCF bus service 4/5 times a day to Bareges, via Pierrfitte and Luz St Sauveur.
Take the airport shuttle bus in to the city if arriving by air. Very inexpensive and very regular. Many different stops on its route. Including the main station.