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buying train tickets in Toulouse

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buying train tickets in Toulouse

Will be arriving Toulouse midweek in September - early evening. We need to take a train to Carcassonne. Not sure exactly when we'll arrive Toulouse which makes reserving seats tricky. WIll we be able to pay for tickets on arrival? At station? on train? Is it best to buy return tickets (coming back the following week). Any idea of cost?

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1. Re: buying train tickets in Toulouse

You will need to buy your tickets at the station and although you can get the tickets for yor return journey there is no particular financial benefit in doing so. You can find the schedule, although the timetable may change in July, and prices on www.voyages-sncf.com

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2. Re: buying train tickets in Toulouse

Thank you very much! Will investigate and check timetables again in August. Appreciate your help

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3. Re: buying train tickets in Toulouse

There are no return tickets in France. You get two one-way tickets.

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4. Re: buying train tickets in Toulouse

There are a few regional trains per day that run from Toulouse to Carcassonne, and these don't require reservation. The OP could avoid the whole reservation issue by buying the ticket in advance and then taking one of these.

But if not, there is no problem buying a ticket on the day at Toulouse and getting the reservation then. For such a short journey, there's not much if any saving to be made by purchasing in advance.

The ticket office in Toulouse is fairly civilised but you usually have to take a number and wait to be served. Allow at least 15-20 minutes before departure as there are sure to be quite a few others waiting as well.

Edited: 16 February 2014, 00:14
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5. Re: buying train tickets in Toulouse

There are ticket machines also at Toulouse but you cannot use US style credit cards that don't have the chip and pin system.

I agree that there is little point in buying a ticket in advance if you are not sure oi travel time. The regional TER trains don't have resevations and the fares are fixed. The long distance trains can be pretty full but you will get on if buying a ticket at the last minute.

Beware that the last train from Toulouse to Carcassonne is at the rather early hour of 7.53pm.

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