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Train from London to Toulouse

 

Overview

Route: London to Toulouse via Paris or Lille
Journey time: From 9 hours 6 minutes
Journey highlights:

The university town of Toulouse, known as 'La Ville Rose' for its dinstinctive pink buildings, is the gateway to the French Pyrenees.

France’s pink city (la ville rose) has a unique character, sunny and Spanish-flavoured, it’s a world away from much of the rest of the country. A largely unsung destination, its bustling historic centre is lined with warm brick buildings, in every shade of red, pink and ochre. Its many squares buzz with life and it is littered with architectural gems, including a grand main square (Place de la Capitole), Europe’s largest Romanesque church, a lovely waterfront, and numerous hôtels particuliers, or merchants’ palaces. Now France’s fourth city, Toulouse is forward-looking, metropolitan, and dynamic, with a huge student population: and it has a busy bar, restaurant and art scene to match. Immerse yourself in its lifestyle, wander its museums, and linger over its hearty cuisine: Toulouse has a lot for you to enjoy.

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris

Sample itinerary: Take the 0932 Eurostar from St Pancras to arrive in Paris Gare du Nord at 1247, then cross Paris to Gare d'Austerlitz to catch the 1410 TGV, which arrives in Toulouse Matabiau at 1942.
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

Cross the centre of Paris by metro from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for Metro line M4 to Montparnasse Bienvenue (which is signposted 'direction Porte d'Orléans'). It's 14 stops from Gare de Nord to Montparnasse and takes 25-35 minutes, but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer time.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare Montparnasse
 
Leg 2: Paris Montparnasse to Toulouse Matabiau

Departs 1130, 1410, 1720.
Frequency of service: 5 hrs 12 mins
Operator:

TGV

Journey time:
Destination

Bienvenue à Toulouse

Toulouse-Matabiau is the city’s main railway station and almost all mainline services arrive here. Located just to the north-east of the city centre, it is on metro line A (and future line F), and has good bus connections.

Whilst the centre of Toulouse, and particularly the historic core, is very walkable, for longer journeys the city has a metro system complemented by a tram and buses. Tisséo operates the public transport network for the Toulouse area, and their site is available in English. The metro consists of three lines, A, B, and C, however only A and B run through the centre of the city (in roughly an X-shape) and are likely to be of use for visitors; future extensions to the network are in the pipeline. Tramline T1 (the only tram line for the moment) runs through the west of the city, connecting with metro lines A and C at Arènes: here is a map of the metro and tram network. Whilst you are unlikely to need to take buses often, you can also find a map of the Toulouse area bus network on the Tisséo website.

Tickets are valid on buses, trams and the metro, for up to three changes in a total of one hour, multi-trip tickets and passes for one, two, and three days are also available: here is a full breakdown of tickets and fares for public transport in Toulouse. If you intend to make much use of the transport network, and will be visiting several attractions in the Toulouse area, you may want to consider getting hold of a Pass Tourisme, which offers unlimited travel plus free or discounted entry to various attractions for a period of 24, 48, or 72 hours.

Toulouse is a relatively flat city, so cycling is also a viable option for making short hops or a lazy ride along the Canal du Midi – it also has a self-service bike share scheme, meaning you can pick up a bike at one docking station and drop it off later when you reach your destination: called simply Velo Toulouse, the website is only in French but does have a handy map of station locations.

 
Book a hotel near Toulouse Matabiau
 

Option 2: via Lille

Sample itinerary: Take the 0827 Eurostar from St Pancras to arrive in Lille Europe at 1054 then cross over to Lille Flanders to catch the 1238 TGV, which arrives in Toulouse Mataiau at 2023.
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1: London St Pancras to Lille Europe

First train 0620 (Mon-Fri), 0659 (Sat), 0857 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).
Frequency of service: About 7 trains a day.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 1 hour 20 minutes.
Transfer A 5-10 minute walk from Lille Europe to Lille Flanders. From the Eurostar platform, take the pedestrian exit out of Lille Europe station and walk 500m along the main road (Avenue le Corbusier) towards the town to Place de la Gare where the entrance to Lille Flanders is clearly visible. Alternatively it is one stop on the metro line.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 30 mins
 
Book a hotel near Lille Europe/Lille Flanders
 
Leg 2: Lille Flandres to Toulouse Matabiau
Frequency of service: 1 train a day
Operator:

TGV?

Journey time:
Destination

Bienvenue à Toulouse

Toulouse-Matabiau is the city’s main railway station and almost all mainline services arrive here. Located just to the north-east of the city centre, it is on metro line A (and future line F), and has good bus connections.

Whilst the centre of Toulouse, and particularly the historic core, is very walkable, for longer journeys the city has a metro system complemented by a tram and buses. Tisséo operates the public transport network for the Toulouse area, and their site is available in English. The metro consists of three lines, A, B, and C, however only A and B run through the centre of the city (in roughly an X-shape) and are likely to be of use for visitors; future extensions to the network are in the pipeline. Tramline T1 (the only tram line for the moment) runs through the west of the city, connecting with metro lines A and C at Arènes: here is a map of the metro and tram network. Whilst you are unlikely to need to take buses often, you can also find a map of the Toulouse area bus network on the Tisséo website.

Tickets are valid on buses, trams and the metro, for up to three changes in a total of one hour, multi-trip tickets and passes for one, two, and three days are also available: here is a full breakdown of tickets and fares for public transport in Toulouse. If you intend to make much use of the transport network, and will be visiting several attractions in the Toulouse area, you may want to consider getting hold of a Pass Tourisme, which offers unlimited travel plus free or discounted entry to various attractions for a period of 24, 48, or 72 hours.

Toulouse is a relatively flat city, so cycling is also a viable option for making short hops or a lazy ride along the Canal du Midi – it also has a self-service bike share scheme, meaning you can pick up a bike at one docking station and drop it off later when you reach your destination: called simply Velo Toulouse, the website is only in French but does have a handy map of station locations.

 
Book a hotel near Toulouse Matabiau
 

Option 3: via Paris (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1730 Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord then cross Paris to Gare d'Austerlitz to catch the 2256 sleeper, which arrives into Toulouse Matabiau at 0643.
Price: From £132 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

Cross the centre of Paris by metro from Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austeritz. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for Metro line M5 to Gare d'Austerlitz (which is signposted 'direction Place d'Italie'). It's 9 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz and takes 20-30 minutes, but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare d'Austerlitz
 
Leg 2: Paris Austerlitz to Toulouse Matabiau by sleeper train.

Train leaves Paris at 2126 and arrives in Toulouse at 0643 the next day.
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

Lunéa

Journey time: 9 hrs 17 mins
Destination

Bienvenue à Toulouse

Toulouse-Matabiau is the city’s main railway station and almost all mainline services arrive here. Located just to the north-east of the city centre, it is on metro line A (and future line F), and has good bus connections.

Whilst the centre of Toulouse, and particularly the historic core, is very walkable, for longer journeys the city has a metro system complemented by a tram and buses. Tisséo operates the public transport network for the Toulouse area, and their site is available in English. The metro consists of three lines, A, B, and C, however only A and B run through the centre of the city (in roughly an X-shape) and are likely to be of use for visitors; future extensions to the network are in the pipeline. Tramline T1 (the only tram line for the moment) runs through the west of the city, connecting with metro lines A and C at Arènes: here is a map of the metro and tram network. Whilst you are unlikely to need to take buses often, you can also find a map of the Toulouse area bus network on the Tisséo website.

Tickets are valid on buses, trams and the metro, for up to three changes in a total of one hour, multi-trip tickets and passes for one, two, and three days are also available: here is a full breakdown of tickets and fares for public transport in Toulouse. If you intend to make much use of the transport network, and will be visiting several attractions in the Toulouse area, you may want to consider getting hold of a Pass Tourisme, which offers unlimited travel plus free or discounted entry to various attractions for a period of 24, 48, or 72 hours.

Toulouse is a relatively flat city, so cycling is also a viable option for making short hops or a lazy ride along the Canal du Midi – it also has a self-service bike share scheme, meaning you can pick up a bike at one docking station and drop it off later when you reach your destination: called simply Velo Toulouse, the website is only in French but does have a handy map of station locations.

 
Book a hotel near Toulouse Matabiau
 

Your route to Toulouse

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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