Train Toulouse → Lourdes
Duration 2h19 - From $37
Take in the Myriad colors and flavors of France’s southwest Toulouse is in the Midi-Pyrennees, France's largest region in area, and lies in the south of the country. Because of the region's far-reaching borders, you'll find a city with Spanish accents and Italian facades. One that carefully cultivates its Occitan identity while always keeping its eyes toward the future. The nod toward Occitania is reflected in the accents of locals. Their distinct pronounciation of French blends with words and expressions from this provincial language with roots in medieval times. If you're arriving from Paris (roughly six hours on the TGV ), you'll note the difference, and that your translation dictionary may not be of much use. The first-time visitor to Toulouse is struck by the city's color. Over the years, buildings have been covered in tiles and wide Roman bricks, giving Toulouse the nickname, "Ville Rose" meaning "Pink City." As the sun dances down on the streets, colors turn to gentle pastel hues and bright oranges. Learn more about Toulouse
A miraculous place to seek solace Some destinations have an allure all its own. And no where else in the world can a city claim a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not once – but 18 times. It is this miraculous feat that brings the city of Lourdes millions of visitors. Lourdes is nestled in a valley in the southwestern part of the Hautes-Pyrénées. Many catholics pay homage to this revered city, but you certainly do not have to be catholic to appreciate all that this mysterious city has to offer. You can get to Lourdes by train from Paris in just over 5½ hours. Get a France Rail Pass and you can spend time in Lourdes and surrounding cities. On February 11, 1858, a 14 year-old shepherd girl named Bernadette Soubirous came in contact with the Virgin Mary through a vision. The Virgin had revealed herself to Bernadette not once, but a total of 18 times in the niche of a cave. Bernadette was unaware of who the woman was until March 25, 1858, when that the Virgin said to Bernadette "I am the Immaculate Conception." It is said that Mary commanded Bernadette to "Go drink at the spring and wash there." As there was no flowing water to be found, Bernadette scraped the earth away. As she dug, a small puddle appeared before her, the puddle began to flow. The next day, a stream flowed where the puddle began and this same stream still flows today. Learn more about Lourdes
Reviews & ratings
"Very good experience : well organized, quick answer and clear explanations, excellent service. Thanks ! Antonella "
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"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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"All on time, all good "