Toulouse-Matabiau is the main railway station in Toulouse, southern France. It is in the city centre and connected to the Toulouse Metro. The station is situated on the Bordeaux–Sète railway, Toulouse–Bayonne railway, Brive–Toulouse (via Capdenac) railway and Toulouse–Auch railway. Direct trains run to most parts of France.
Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau
|Location||Boulevard de Marengo, |
Metro Line A
|Platforms||13 (1–11, A-B)|
Toulouse waited until the middle of the 19th century for the railway to arrive in the city.
In 1853, Émile Pereire and his brother Jacob founded the CF du Midi. Three years later, the line from Bordeaux to Toulouse was opened, it was extended to Sète in 1857.
The current passenger building was built between 1903 and 1905, replacing an older and smaller building. The station took the name of the borough, an area called Matabiau, named after the martyrdom of Saint Saturnin, mata-bios meaning kill the bull. It was designed by Marius Toudoire (who also designed Bordeaux Station) and was built with stone from the Roman city of Saintes. Like the Midi station in Bordeaux, Matabiau station bears 26 coats of arms on the front of the building of the 26 destinations that Midi served.
Some work was carried out on the building in 1938 prior to its listing.[clarification needed]
The station is centred on two main concourses at the front of the station directly linked to each other, with ticket offices, shops and cafés. Underpasses link these concourses to the platforms. The station is connected to the underground Marengo SNCF station on Line A of the Toulouse Metro, accessible from inside and just outside the station.
Toulouse-Matabiau is situated at the heart of a six-branch star network of lines with both regional (TER) and national (TGV and Corail) services.
Toulouse is served by the following regional lines:
- Toulouse–Tarbes and Bayonne
Several SNCF facilities are present near the station, including the old Toulouse-Raynal goods yard now a carriage and engine maintenance yard and the large Saint-Jory marshalling yard 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the north.
The following services currently call at Toulouse-Matabiau:
- high-speed services (TGV)
- intercity services (Intercités)
- night services (Intercités de Nuit)
- local service (TER Occitanie)
- ^ "Fréquentation en gares". SNCF. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- ^ Direction Générale des Ponts et Chaussées et des Chemins de Fer (1869). Statistique centrale des chemins de fer. Chemins de fer français. Situation au 31 décembre 1869 (in French). Paris: Ministère des Travaux Publics. pp. 146–160.
- ^ Rechercher une fiche horaire, TER Occitanie, accessed 11 May 2022.
- ^ Le réseau régional de transport public, TER Occitanie, accessed 11 May 2022.
Media related to Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau at Wikimedia Commons
- Toulouse-Matabiau station at "Gares & Connexions", the official website of SNCF (in French)