Here's the scene. You are supposed to be taking a train from Toulouse to another French city. You have already looked at the train schedule and you know which train you want. So you go to the train station and find yourself shepherded into two waiting rooms with long lines. All of a sudden your well planned timetable is going up in smoke.
Do yourself a favor, buy your tickets the day before you leave, not on the day you are supposed to leave. Waiting in the line to buy tickets at the station will make you late, wanting to pay with a credit card will consign you to waiting in line.
Many French towns now offer a guided tour on a little train, and Toulouse was not exception.
It was an ideal way of seeing quite a lot of the town in the short time I had there, and convenient, in that it departed from outside the hotel.
Although the commentary was in French, I was provided with a (direct) written english translation, which gave me the backgound to the sites we passed.
La ligne C est en quelque sorte le RER toulousain. C'est une ligne de trains, spéciaux, à cadence élevée, qui relie Toulouse à Colomiers.
Les rames sont très modernes, accessibles aux personnes handicapées, et mettent une quinzaine de minutes pour faire le parcours.
The C line is in a way the RER toulousain. It is a line of trains, special, to elevated cadence, that joins Toulouse in Colomiers.
The oars are very modern, accessible to the handicapped people, and put about fifteen minutes to make the course.
This is a major city, and you have many alternative to come here as well as good connection to cities in the southwest and even into Andorra and Spain.
by car, my favorite way, from Paris, you can take the N20 that becomes the A20 and reach Toulouse direct, see www.viamichelin.com
info on roads southwest. See parking in the city in another tip post in my page;
then you have the train, TGV service and TER,INtercité, the works
There is work on the line into 2013 and here are the parts affected
info on the train station at Toulouse Matabiau
to take the bus/tram the site is Tisseo, and it tells you all
and you have a wonderful airport at Blagnac
The information is quite extensive at the city webpage here
for taxis try this
of course for details let me know, go here often and have family nearby.
The train didn't come to Toulouse until the mid 1800's. Today Toulouse's train station is one of the centers of train transport in Southern France,
The main terminal building was opened in 1903. It is said that the stone for the main building was taken from the Roman city of Saintes.
One thing you will notice on the facade are the coats of arms of the cities that the old train line served. Today it serves many more.
The easiest way to access the train station is from SNCF Marengo metro station on the Toulouse subway. You can walk but its not the greatest neighborhood directly around the station. Taxi from the station to near St Sernin is 10 euro, which is outrageous considering that you could easily walk it in 15-20 minutes if you know where you are going.
The mainline station is Matabiau, in the northern part of the city centre.
It connects with the metro (Marengo station) and the bus station is 100m to the west.
You can buy tickets online in advance (may help with cost) and pick them up from the automatic machines. They have an English option (and German, I think). The machines will also sell you the ticket. Quicker than waiting in a queue. They wouldn't take my credit card, but the debit one worked.
€26 for a return trip to Albi - off peak on a Monday, and on a slow TER train.
Over €40 return to Carcassonne on a Saturday - TGV one way, and a regional express the other.
Neither booked in advance, and both "flexible" up to a point.
A Toulouse, la gare SNCF (des trains) est couramment appelée "Matabiau", nom du lieu où elle a été construite. Ce nom veut dire "tuer le taureau" (ce serait ici que le taureau utilisé pour le martyr de Saint-Cernin aurait été rattrapé et tué).
A coté de la Gare des trains, se situe la gare routière (autobus), et l'ensemble est desservie par une station de métro (Marengo-SNCF), et plusieurs lignes de bus.
C'est de là que partent les Noctambus, les bus de nuit.
In Toulouse, the SNCF station (of the trains) is called " Matabiau", name of the place where it has been constructed, fluently. This name means "to kill the bull" (it would be here that the bull used for the martyr of Saint-Cernin would have been caught up and killed).
To quoted of the Station of the trains, be located the road station (bus), and the whole is gone against by a station of subway (Marengo-SNCF), and several lines of bus.
It is of there that leaves the Noctambus, the buses of night.
there are big railway lines,with direct trains from nice,marseille,lyon,bordeaux,bayonne,perpignan,paris.The name of the station is:toulouse-matabiau.Also an airport:toulouse-blagnac.
Toulouse rail line is on the route from Bordeaux and Narbonne.. Trains are run by SNCF. Timetables on SNCF site or BAHN.de