This page explains how to buy train tickets from Toulouse to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

I want to go from Toulouse to...

      Paris   London & UK   San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona & Spain
  Lyon, Nice & elsewhere in France   Cologne & Germany   Lisbon, Porto, Algarve & Portugal
  Brussels, Bruges & Belgium   Geneva & Switzerland    
  Amsterdam & Netherlands   Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy   All other European destinations

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Toulouse to Paris from €20, www.loco2.com...
Meal bought from the TGV bar car   A TGV Atlantique at Paris Montparnasse

Food from the cafe bar...

 

A TGV Atlantique at Paris Montparnasse.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & tables for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Boarding a TGV   TGV bar car

Boarding a TGV...

 

Cafe-bar...

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Toulouse to Lyon, Nice & anywhere else in France...

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Toulouse to Brussels, Bruges & Belgium...
A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys high-speed train.  See full-screen panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info on Thalys.

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Toulouse to Amsterdam & the Netherlands...
A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys at Amsterdam Centraal.  See full-screen panorama photos inside a Thalys trainMore info on Thalys.

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Toulouse to London...

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Toulouse to Switzerland...

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Toulouse to Italy...
The Vieux Port at Marseille

Bonjour Marseille!  The Eglise Notre Dame de la Garde, overlooking the Vieux Port.

 

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Toulouse to Spain...

Toulouse to San Sebastian or Bilbao...

The Man in Seat 61 says, "Toulouse to San Sebastian is easy enough by train.  But people mistakenly put 'Toulouse to San Sebastian' into booking websites and wonder why nothing appears!  You have to book from Toulouse to Hendaye on the Spanish border, then pay for the little Euskotren to San Sebastian separately, that's the trick. Easy when you know how!"

Hendaye SNCF station   Hendaye station showing location of Euskotren to San Sebastian

At Hendaye, walk off the platform & through the hall...

 

...out of the SNCF station main exit & turn right.

Hendaia Euskoten station, for trains to San Sebastian   Inside Euskotren station at Hendaye

The Euskotren station is in the corner of the SNCF car park...

 

...Buy a ticket from the staffed counter or the machines.

Euskotren train to San Sebastian at Hendaye   Inside Euskotren to San Sebastian

There is only one platform, and it's where the trains start.  So no worries, you can't get on the wrong train, they all go to Irun and San Sebastian-Donostia Amara.  These air-conditioned metro trains leave every 30 minutes, a turn-up-and-go metro service called Metro Donostialdea.  There's plenty of space for luggage and they even have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Toulouse to Madrid...

Option 1, by high-speed train via Narbonne...

Option 2, via Hendaye & San Sebastian.  A slower option, but often significantly cheaper, with a chance to see San Sebastian on the way...

Alvia trains from Irun & San Sebastian to Madrid...

San Sebastian to Barcelona train about to leave   1st class seats

The morning Alvia at San Sebastian...

 

Preferente (1st class)...

2nd class seats   The cafe bar

Turista (2nd class)...

 

The cafe-bar does an excellent cafe con leche...

Scenery between San Sebastian & Barcelona

The train descends from the foothills of the Pyrenees onto the plain below...

Toulouse to Barcelona...

Option 1, by high-speed train via Narbonne.  The fastest & easiest option, though not always the cheapest...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees, seen from the train...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou.

Option 2, via Latour de Carol.  Cheap and scenic, right through the Pyrenees...

 

The modern air-conditioned Train Exprès Regional (TER) from Toulouse to Latour de Carol, at l'Hospitalet station...

 

The smart interior of the regional train from Toulouse to l'Hospitalet.

 

Into the Pyrenees.  For the last hour & a half of the journey from Toulouse to Latour de Carol, the train climbs high into the Pyrenees...

Latour de Carol, where two nations, two trains, three track gauges meet.  On the right, a French standard-gauge overnight couchette train arrived from Paris & Toulouse.  On the left is the Spanish broad-gauge local train which you take to Barcelona, the 'R' on the front stands for Rodalies, Catalan for suburban.  The third gauge at Latour is the narrow-gauge Petit Train Jaune towards Perpignan, its platform is behind the couchette cars shown here.

The snow gives way to autumnal browns & golds as the train from Latour de Carol to Barcelona winds its way south...

Toulouse to anywhere else in Spain...

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Toulouse to Lisbon & Portugal...
En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel to Lisbon at San Sebastian

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel to Lisbon, about to leave San Sebastian...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

   

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

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Toulouse to Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin & Germany...
  • There are few or no cross-country trains these days, so the fastest, cheapest and usually best option is via Paris, as follows:

  • Step 1, take a TGV from Toulouse Matabiau to Paris Gare Montparnasse in around 4h20 from €20 upwards, book online at www.loco2.com.  Fares work like air fares, so book early for the cheapest prices.  You print your own ticket.

  • Change trains and stations in Paris by metro or taxi.  Allow at least 60 minutes between trains for this.

  • Step 2, travel from Paris to Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin or anywhere in Germany as shown in the Trains from Paris page.  Paris to Cologne takes 3h20 from €35, Paris to Frankfurt takes 3h50 from €39.  You can buy tickets at www.loco2.com, you print your own ticket.

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Toulouse to all other countries...

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