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Toulouse Airport (TLS)

Trains to and from Toulouse Airport (TLS)

Getting To Toulouse Airport By Train

Toulouse Airport is located close by to the city of Toulouse, in southern France, and is a large airport handling almost seven million passengers per annum.  It is known by its IATA code of TLS, and also as the Aeroport de Toulouse-Blagnac.  The airport is in the Midi-Pyrenees region of the country, and is an important gateway to the wonderful areas and attractions nearby.  Although there is no Toulouse Airport train station, trains play an important role in public transport for those living in and visiting Toulouse.  There are a number of train stations in the city, providing metro rail services as well as long-distance transport services. 


Passengers can travel to Toulouse Airport by the public buses available, or by taxis, that depart from several train stations in Toulouse.  The trains do not actually run to the airport, as the lines do not extend in that direction.  The Toulouse Airport Shuttle is an especially popular bus for transport to and from the airport, with reasonable rates (just 5 Euro for a one way trip).  This bus collects and drops off passengers nearby or at the Compans Caffarelli station, the Jeanne d’Arc Metro station, the Jean-Jaures Metro Station and the Matabiau railway station, which is one of the main stations of the city with subway, local bus and intercity bus services.  The Airport Shuttle is available every twenty minutes from soon after 05:00 in the morning to just after midnight.  All buses are air conditioned and accessible to persons in wheelchairs. 


In France, taxis are usually available from the main train stations, and will take you quickly to the airport.  Although convenient, taxis are more expensive than the public bus services.  Passengers of the airport arriving at any of the above-mentioned train stations can therefore easily complete the journey to their departure flight.  Passengers arriving at the airport on a flight will also find the bus services convenient for travel into the city, and to the city’s main railway stations.  Taxis are available at the airport as well, at all hours. 


Train services running to other parts of France are mainly operated from the Toulouse-Matabiau Station, located in the city centre.  It is served by both regional (TER) and national (TGV and Corail) services, and is found on the Bordeaux-Sète railway, Toulouse-Bayonne railway, Brive-Toulouse (via Capdenac) railway and the Toulouse-Auch railway.  TER Midi-Pyrenees trains run to Albi, Montauban, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Cahors, Castres, Colomiers, Foix, Saint-Gaudens and several other destinations, while high-speed services travel to Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier and Dijon.  Intercity trains take passengers to Bayonne, Pau, La Rochelle, Marseille, Nice and Nantes, and night services are available to Paris, Hendaye, Valence and Orleans.  Four trains per day depart for the Paris Montparnassa Station, and four a day are also available to the Bordeaux Saint-Jean Station.  Trains to Paris will take between 5 and 7.5 hours, and trains to Bordeaux travel for about two hours.  A trip to Marseille will last around four hours.  The intercity train services in France are operated by SNCF. 


The Matabiau Station of Toulouse was built between 1903 and 1905, and is named after the borough in which it was situated.  The station features two main concourses that are linked to one another, and there are ticket offices, shops and cafes in the building.  The concourses are linked to the platforms by underpasses.  The station is also linked to the Metro Line A of Toulouse.


The Toulouse Metro, or the Métro de Toulouse, is an important part of the city’s public transportation system.  It is comprised of two lines that are mainly underground, as well as of the two suburban rail lines C and D.  Line A has eighteen stations and is approximately 12km in length.  It begins at the shopping centre of Balma, connects with the Matabiau Station and ends at its final station in Basso-Cambo.  Most of the eighteen station platforms are lengthy, and able to accommodate four-car trains, however, a few are shorter in length to reduce costs.  At some point in the future, these station platforms will also be lengthened.  There could also be an extension of the line to L’Union by the year 2030. 


Line B is longer than Line A (15km) and has twenty stations.  All these stations are well equipped as well.  Line C is a connection between Toulouse and Colomiers, and was opened shortly after Line A, while Line D is a connection between Toulouse and Muret, a town to the south of Toulouse.


The Metro rail services operated by the company Tisseo are available from approximately 05:00 to midnight on weekdays, and until 01:00 on Fridays and Saturday nights.  A ticket will be required to board the trains which can be purchased from the automated machines on the platforms or from any Tisseo outlet or agency in the city. 


Perhaps in the future there will be a Toulouse Blagnac Airport train station, but in the meantime, buses and taxis will continue to handle the ground transportation needs of passengers.  

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