Cordes sur Ciel - Tarn © P.Barthe / CRTL Occitanie

A journey through nature and heritage 

Toulouse © P.Thébault/CRTL Occitanie

From the pink façades of Toulouse to the woody hills of the Tarn and Aveyron valleys ...

Occitanie train © CRTL Occitanie

Board the train and wind your way through timeless scenery and discover four bastides ... 

Najac - Aveyron © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

... the Lisle-sur-Tarn, Cordes sur Ciel, Najac and Villefranche-de-Rouergue bastides.  

Villefranche-de-Rouergue - Aveyron © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

They were built between the 11th and 14th century and are typical of Occitanie architecture.  

Cordes sur Ciel - Tarn © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

Ready to take a trip through time to the Middle Ages? Featuring a wealth of beautiful golden stone walls, as well as ... 

Rafting © iStock / Ozgurdonmaz

... really fun experiences: wine tasting, swimming, and why not white-water rafting?

Bastides line

Toulouse – Figeac

  • Journey with stopovers: Up to 9 days
  • Non-stop journey: 1 hour 40 min.
  • On-board service: free bicycle transport.
  • Best seats: On the left, forward-facing.
  • Why choose to journey by train: -86% CO2 emissions. 

Tips for travellers  

Toulouse - Eglise des Jacobins © A.Spani / Toulouse Tourisme

In Toulouse: Plan to spend at least a day to see the city's highlights: the Capitole, Saint-Sernin cathedral, the Jacobins convent ... as well as to enjoy its markets and cafés.

Stopover in
Gaillac - Tarn © M.Delozier / CRTL Occitanie

In Gaillac: Hop off the train for a wine tasting session of AOC Gaillac in a winery right next to the station. 

Stopover in
Cordes sur Ciel - Tarn © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

In Cordes-sur-Ciel: Get off at the Cordes-Vindrac railway station and enjoy a knightly hike (4.5 km) to the most famous hilltop bastide in Occitanie. 

Stopover in
Najac - Aveyron © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

In Najac: Row down the River Aveyron in a white-water raft or a canoe, you won't regret it!

Stopover in
Villefranche-de-Rouergue - Aveyron © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

In Villefranche-de-Rouergue: Plan to arrive on the weekend for the famous Saturday market, one of the best local products market in the entire Occitanie region.

Stopover in
Figeac - Musée Champollion © P.Thébault / CRTL Occitanie

In Figeac: Pay your respects to Jean-François Champollion at the Musée des Écritures and walk a ways along the Puy trail (Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela).

Stopover in

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Lines with connection to the Bastides line.

From Toulouse:

From Figeac: 


Bus lines with connection to the Bastides line

In Cordes-sur-Ciel:

  • liO bus line to Albi 

Practical information