The Toulouse Metro is the underground train service in Toulouse, France. It is managed by Tisséo. The metro was inaugurated on June 26th, 1993. It has two lines and 38 stations. The metro makes connections to buses, tramways, the City Centre Shuttle, the Noctambus, and other transportation services from Tisséo. To go from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to a metro station, you will need to use the Airport Shuttle. The metro's stations open at 5:15 am, and, from Monday to Thursday, they close at midnight. If you plan to buy tickets at vending machines, bring coins with you. Park and ride services are available at 8 stations. As a fun fact, the metro's trains use rubber wheels. A third line may be opened in 2024. You can visit attractions like the Musée Paul-Dupuy by using the metro.
Toulouse is a city located in the Midi-Pyrenees region, and is the capital of the Haute-Garonne department, France. This city is also known as Pink City, since most of its buildings are constructed with pink bricks. Toulouse has famous rugby players. With a population of over 1.2 million people, Toulouse is the fourth most populated city in France. The city's airport is Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
Travelling within the city by car is not recommended due to the difficulty of finding parking spots and also due to the high levels of traffic. Public bicycles, which belong to Vélôtoulouse, are available for free for half an hour. Most of Toulouse's public transportation is managed by a company known as Tisséo. Some of the public transportation is managed by SNCF. The public transportation consists of buses, tramways and trains. Some of the city's buses work every day. The tramway is divided into two lines. The last means of transportation managed by Tisséo is the metro.
The government of Toulouse planned to build a new transportation service for the city. Although the government originally wanted to build a new tram, they favored the construction of a metro service. They compared the Hanover Metro with the Lille Metro, and decided build a metro like the one in Lille because it uses automatic trains. The government decided to build the new metro on July 9th, 1985. The Toulouse Metro officially inaugurated on June 26th, 1993, with the opening of lines A and B. The inauguration of the metro made the government decide to change the layout of the bus network.
In 1997, the Toulouse government made plans to expand both lines of the metro. The construction of new stations for both lines began on 2001. Line B's initial expansion was completed on June 30th, 2007. Another expansion for line B was planned in 2012, and began construction on 2014.
The metro has 38 stations and two lines: lines A and B. Each line has the following stations:
Line A: This line has the following 18 stations: Mirail Basso-Cambo, Reynerie, Bellefontaine, Bagatelle, Mirail Université, Fontaine-Lestang, Mermoz, Patte-d'Oie, Arènes, Esquirol, Saint-Cyprien République, Jean-Jaurés, Capitole, Joliment, Marengo SNCF, Argoulets, Roseraie, Balma Gramont
Line B: This line has the following 20 stations: Borderouge, La Vache, Trois-Cocus, Minimes Claude-Nougaro, Barrière-de-Paris, Compans Caffarelli, Canal-du-Midi, Jean-Jaurès, Jeanne-d'Arc, Carmes, François-Verdier, Saint-Michel Marcel-Langer, Palais-de-Justice, Saint-Agne SNCF, Empalot, Rangueil, Saoizelong, Université-Paul-Sabatier, Faculté-de-Pharmacie, Ramonville
These commuter lines complete the transport system in the city of Toulouse, together with the T1 and bus lines.
T1. The T1 line covers the route route Palais de Justice - Aéroconstellation. It has been operating since 2010. There are 24 stations over a distance of 14km, from, Toulouse to Beauzelle through Blagnac. Travel time is 45 minutes. In 2015 the branch that reaches the aeropuerrto of Toulouse was inaugurated. Stations: Arènes, Zénith, Cartoucherie, Casselardit, Purpan, Arènes-Romaines, Ancely, Servanty, Guyenne, Pasteur, Relais, Marronniers, Patinoire, Grand-Noble, Georges-Brassens, Lycée, Beauzelle, Garossos
You can make a connection between lines A and B at Jean-Jaurès station. You can board up to four different vehicles using one ticket. The metro can make connections to buses and trams belonging to Tisséo. However, you cannot use the ticket for the metro to board Tisséo's Airport Shuttle. The metro can make a connection among 84 regular buses. Another bus to which the metro makes a connection is Noctambus. The metro also makes connections with both lines of the tram. The metro can also make a connection to Transport on Demand (TAD), which is a transportation service with 9 lines, located at the outskirts of Toulouse. The final transportation service that makes a connection with the metro is the City Centre Shuttle.
Tisséo's Airport Shuttle offers rides to Tolouse-Blagnac Airport. This shuttle goes to the following metro stations: Jean-Jaurés station, Jeanne d'Arc station, and Matabiau station. The Airport Shuttle is available every 20 minutes at the airport. The tickets' prices to board the Airport Shuttle are the following: Single Airport Ticket = €8, Two Airport Trips = €15, and 6 Airport Trips = €35.
Both lines open at 5:15 am every day. However, both lines close at different times at different days. Lines A and B close at midnight from Monday to Thursday, while they close at 3:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
It takes 22 minutes and 30 seconds to travel to all of line A's stations. Similarly, it takes 26 minutes and 30 seconds to travel to all of line B's stations.
The card available for the metro is called the Pastel Card, which is required to buy any of the subscriptions. Tickets and subscriptions are divided into the following categories: For Everyone, People Under 26, Students 26-35, Seniors 65+, Groups, Large Families, Job Seekers, RSA Recipients, and People with Disabilities.
Offers subscriptions to people for up to 25 years of age. It offers the following subscriptions: School, Four Years and Under, 10 Rides, 31 Days, and Annual.
3) Students 26-35 (€9.80): Offers a subscription to people between 26 and 35 years of age enrolled in college or in a vocational school, called "10 Rides at Reduced Rate." You need to have your primary residency in the area covered by Tisséo.
4) Seniors 65+ (free): Only offers a subscription for people over 65 years old living in Haute-Garonne, called "Subscription for Senior Citizens." This subscription offers rides for a year, and can be renewed each year for €10. This subscription does not offer rides for the Airport Shuttle.
5) Groups (€5.50): Offers a ticket that gives you 12 rides for a day on the metro, which can be shared by many people.
6) Large Families (€9.80): Only offers a subscription called "10 Rides with Discounts for Families," which offers 10 rides to people with families of at least three children under 18 years of age. You need to go to Tisséo's offices to request it, and bring a proof of address and proof of family size.
7) Job Seekers (free): Only offers a subscription called "Job Seekers," which offers rides for six months to people who are looking for a job. The person needs to be under 65 years of age, to be enrolled in the Pôle Emploi agency, and they should not be receiving any income.
8) RSA Recipients (free): Offers free rides to people on welfare who have a Pastel card.
If you are interested in visiting attractions such as the Garonne River, there is an additional set of tickets. This set of tickets is called the Transport and Tourism Network. This service offers tickets for everyone. These tickets are divided into the following categories: Touristic Pass 72 H, Touristic Pass 48 H, and Touristic Pass 24 H.
Pastel Card: This is a card needed to store the subscriptions for the metro. Only the buyer can use it. It costs €8. This card also offers you discounts in Vélôtoulouse’s bicycles. Additionally, the Pastel Card offers you discounts in the city’s parking services. Everyone can buy this card.
You can buy tickets, subscriptions and the Pastel Card, as well as make any questions, in Tisséo’s offices. The offices are located in the following stations, and have the following office hours:
You can also contact e-agency, which is the online website of Tisséo’s offices. Through e-agency, you can order the Pastel Card, which will be sent via free shipping to your home address in five working days. Additionally, you can buy the Annual subscription through e-agency.
There are 110 shops that are associated with Tisséo that sell tickets for the metro. These shops include newspaper stands, bakeries, and tobacco shops. These shops can also refill the Pastel Card. To find these shops, look for the Tisséo logo on them.
There Park'n Ride at major stations. For example, on line B, there are parkings at the terminal stations Borderouge and Ramonville.
The construction of a third line is currently under discussion. The current plan is to have this line built by 2024. This new line will connect the Matabiau station to the region of Colomiers. This line will have 17 stations. There are plans to expand the platforms of the stations in line A by 2019. The goal is to increase daily ridership to over 390,000 people per day. There are also plans to make new stations in line A in order to offer rides to the region of Saint Simon. Similarly, there are plans to construct new stations for line B to offer rides from Borderouge to L'Union.
The Jean-Jaurès station will be used as a reference point. Follow these instructions to go to the following touristic attractions from Jean-Jaurès station using the metro.
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