I travelled to Toulouse from Paris on a TGV train (TGV = Train of Great Speed), leaving the station Paris-Montparnasse at 12:28 and arriving Toulouse-Matabiau five and a half hours later, at 17:57. There was one brief stop in Bordeaux along the way.
When I left Toulouse a few days later it was on a TGV train to Bordeaux, but this time I travelled first class because when I booked there was a special deal available on the website voyages-sncf.com for only 25 Euros.
Both the French and the German railways have complicated price structures with constantly changing prices, so all I can suggest is that you look at both websites and see what is on offer. I have never tried any of the alternative websites, but The Man in Seat 61 says it is sometimes possible to get lower prices on sites like capitainetrain.com.
Actually I didn’t find much difference between first and second class. Both are comfortable but a bit cramped, since they try to fit as many passengers as possible into a small space. I used to travel first class in Germany quite often (back in the days when my textbook publisher paid for the tickets). In German trains first class is somewhat roomier than second – three seats in each row instead of four – but what you are mainly paying extra for is to be travelling with wealthy people rather than with people like me.
Directions: VélÔToulouse bicycle station number 61
Aerial view and photo of the station on monumentum.fr
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.