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Overview

Take in the Myriad colors and flavors of France’s southwest

Toulouse, the capital of Midi-Pyrénées region

Toulouse is a French city located in the South West of France in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The region is well known for its sunny climate and gastronomy. As for Toulouse, the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, is a city with an exceptional heritage. From its beautiful private mansions, churches, museums and landmarks, the pink city, as it is also known (Ville Rose in French) will charm you. Toulouse is France’s 4th biggest city and as such is home to over 400,000 inhabitants. The city which can be easily reached from Paris of Bordeaux is also a well-known university town and the European aeronautical capital. Did you know that Toulouse is the iconic capital of Rugby. Its flagship team is Stade Toulousain, which is one of the most successful clubs in Europe with eighteen league titles in France, three cups of France and four cups of Europe.

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Wander in the streets of Toulouse and let the pink city reveal all its charm. You will soon discover the joyful and relaxed nature of the inhabitants of the city. Indeed Toulouse knows how to entertain its guests. Toulouse is a human scale sized city. You can have a relaxed stroll or take a bike to discover the Capitole, which is located a few minutes away by foot from the Toulouse Matabiau railway station. The Capitole houses the Town Hall and the Théâtre National du Capitole. You will discover its remarkable façade with its eight pink marble columns, its Cour Henri IV and the Salle des Illustres. The square just in front has a unique and relaxing atmosphere which invites you to relax. Have a long aperitifs with tapas on terraces facing the square! Visit the Cloître du Jacobin which is a chef d’œuvre of monastic architecture. You will be amazed by the Palmier des Jacobins, an incomparable palm-tree vault with 22 ribs supporting the roof of the polygonal choir. Don’t miss the Saint Sernin Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old quarters of the city, and a stroll along the banks of the River Garonne and the Canal du Midi.

Take time to discover the wonderful cuisine from the south of France. Take time to savour the famous foie gras,duck breast, cassoulet, Toulouse sausage, wine (Fronton, Gaillac, Armagnac), cheese (Roquefort).

Go to the Place Saint George, where you will find all the great designer shops alongside those of younger designers.


Toulouse Tourist Office
Donjon du Capitole. 31080 Toulouse.
Tel: +33 (0)5 40 13 15 31

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Toulouse can be found.

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    Quick and easy |
    "The first class seat was a little cramped as I could not stretch my legs out or I would touch the man sitting opposite. Otherwise, the train was clean, fast and efficient. "

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    The Best Way To Travel |
    "We travelled the 2 hours from Bordeaux to Toulouse via TGV and we could not believe how easy and quick it was. It stopped 3 times but we barely noticed. We sat 1st class with reserved seats and it was perfect. Our cabin was quiet and we were able to rest, read, and enjoy the beautiful French country side. "

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    "All on time, all good "

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    Train by night |
    "Comfortable and safe journey from Paris to Toulouse. I can really recommend it! "

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    "Very comfortable seats. "

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    Homeward bound |
    "We enjoyed travelling on the train and would recommended it as a great way to travel on holiday, it was very relaxing, the trains were comfortable and always on time. "

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    Journey to lourdes |
    "The trip itself was comfortable. The staff member ( lady) who helped us at the Montparnasse ticket station attended to our needs with utmost detail and patience when we needed to change a schedule on the return trip and booking for a car rental. The trip was delYed but they totally made up for the delay and made sure we were able to catch the connecting train to Lourdes on time. The only problem was there were no signages on the tracks to guide the passengers. A lot of confusion took place transferring from 1 coach to the other bearing the same coach and seat no. Conductors helped but some were confused too. "

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    Tight connection |
    "Good Morning, thank you for the opportunity to write about my journey. Overall my experience was very good but some things caused stress. This is my first time travelling in France and travelling to Gaillac. I do not speak French and did not understand that there were two trains leaving about the same time; initially I got onto the wrong train - silly me; many of the carriages were in darkness and passengers had to use their phones as torches, rail staff were not in evidence to help. Confused I got off the train and eventually found staff I could ask for directions. They were polite, helpful and directed me to the correct train. The train was very comfortable, the food good and my journey was most enjoyable. We were 4 minutes late arriving in Toulouse and the connection between train to Albi only about 15 minutes. Realising the problem, I was almost first off the train, I rushed to the station and to my surprise there were three young, information people on the platform. They instantly realised the problem and immediately directed me to my connection. The Albi train was packed full, initially I couldn't get on but eventually some passengers moved just enough for me to squeeze into a foyer. I arrived in Gaillac on schedule, my friend was waiting. Without the information help at Toulouse I could not have made the connection, it was too tight and my friend would have been very inconvenienced. Thank you, Ken Adams "

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    Easy travel, but not too cheap |
    "The trains from Toulouse to Cahors is one of the only modesign of transportation available. Not exactly cheap, but fast and reliable. Seats are comfortable, plenty of room for luggage. If no ride shares really available, it is a good fallback option. "

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    Another great TGV experience |
    "5 hours 29 minutes of relaxing pleasure. Very efficient, punctual, quality seating, food and beverages. "

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