EAIE Toulouse 2024

Discover the best ways to reach Toulouse from abroad and plan your trip ahead of time to ensure a smooth journey.

Travel

Toulouse, a delightful city in the picturesque southwest of France, offers a range of convenient travel options to suit various preferences. It is easily accessible from Paris and major transportation hubs across Europe.

If you are looking to find the best routes to travel to Toulouse this September, take a look at some essential information about modes of transport available and the easiest ways to reach MEETT, this year's conference centre. Participants will also receive a free public transport card which they can pick up during registration. This free travel card is kindly sponsored by the Toulouse Convention Bureau.

 

Visas

EU citizens do not need a visa to visit Toulouse. Visitors from non-EU countries may require a visa and must possess a passport valid for at least three months.  

Visa applications 

Please check the entry requirements for France to review the visa rules for your own situation. The EAIE will issue visa invitation letters to participants from countries requiring a visa to enter France, but only upon full payment of the conference registration fee. To request an invitation letter, kindly contact the EAIE Office. Please allow up to five business days for the processing of an invitation letter. A digital copy in PDF format can be provided at no cost. However, charges may apply for a hard copy, and the requester is responsible for arranging its collection.

Deadlines and cancellations 

Participants requiring a visa invitation letter should register for the conference before the end of July to ensure that the letter arrives in time. The EAIE does not give any further support to the visa application process. Obtaining a visa remains the sole responsibility of the participant. Regular cancellation deadlines apply, regardless of whether your visa was granted or not. 

Travelling to Toulouse

Toulouse by train
Participants can use various modes of transport to reach Toulouse. The city has an excellent rail connection, especially within France. Toulouse-Matabiau station is a hub for the French high-speed rail network, TGV. You can easily reach Toulouse from Paris, Bordeaux and Barcelona.  

Toulouse by plane
The Toulouse Blagnac airport has numerous daily flights connecting Toulouse to cities across Europe, and the airport is directly linked to the Matabiau station by frequent shuttle buses (every 20 minutes), with ticket purchase options available at the shuttle bus, Automatic Ticket Dispensers, Tisséo Agencies, and Pierre Sémard bus station. 

Toulouse by bus
There is a direct bus service to Toulouse from different European cities; these buses usually arrive at the central bus station, making it convenient to access the heart of Toulouse upon arrival. There are direct bus options from Paris to Toulouse Boulevard Piererre Semard, near Matabiau station, taking around 9 hours and 30 minutes with an average cost of 80 euro, operating from 06:00 to 23:00.

Getting around in Toulouse

Toulouse has an excellent public transport system – you can travel by bus, tram, metro and Teleo – France's longest urban aerial tramway. Toulouse is a charming city situated on the banks of the Garonne River, and it is easy to explore on foot, by bike and by public transport, especially the Old Town along the right side of the river. 

Please visit the Toulouse tourism website for more information about the city. For public transport planning and schedules, please visit Tisseo

From the airport to the city centre

The most convenient option is to travel from the airport to the city centre by shuttle bus. The bus stops at the Pierre Baudis Conference Centre (Compans Caffarelli station), the centre of Toulouse, Jeanne d’Arc station (line B), Jean Jaurès station (lines A and B), Matabiau Station (train, metro, bus, coach). The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, with an average ticket cost of 9 euro. 

From city centre to MEETT (conference centre) 

Conference address: MEETT, Concorde Avenue, 31840 Aussonne, France

By tram:
MEETT is easily accessible by tram, with Line T1 connecting the city centre directly to the conference centre. The line encompasses 25 stations from Toulouse (Palais de Justice) to MEETT, with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes. The average price for a single ticket is 1.80 euro. 

By car: 
For those who drive, the conference centre is reachable by car in around 25 minutes from the city centre. MEETT offers parking facilities with a capacity for 5000 cars. 

By bike:
Toulouse is a bicycle-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes and a bike-sharing system called "VélôToulouse” and you can reach the conference centre via line 1 (Seilh) in approximately 50 minutes.  

Free travel card

The EAIE will provide all participants with a free public transport card when they collect their badges at the venue. This card will be valid from the first moment of usage for four consecutive days. Kindly sponsored by the Toulouse Convention Bureau.