Annual Computer Security
Incident Handling Conference
Center Pierre Baudis, Toulouse, France
June 17—22, 2001
|Arriving in Toulouse||Railway Station||Metro System||Bus Network|
travelling to the city by air will arrive at the newly-extended international
airport at Blagnac, located about 5 km to the north-west of the city.
passengers will put into the main railway station, Gare
Matabiau, a fifteen-minute walk or two stops on the metro systems from the
heart of the city, while bus passengers will arrive at the new Bus Terminal (Gare Routière) just a
hundred metres from the train station.
the city by road is a relatively straightforward option; whether you arrive by
major road (the A61 from the Mediterranean coast, the A62 from the north-west,
the A64 from the south-west, the A20 from the north) or via the numerous minor
roads surrounding the city, you will eventually meet the Toulouse ring-road, La Rocade. From here, just follow the signs to Toulouse Centre.
Aéroport de Toulouse-Bl
number: +33 5 61 42
airport is situated approximately fifteen minutes to the north-west of Toulouse.
It is an international airport with an increasing number of flights to domestic
and international destinations. Current domestic services include over 50
flights a day to Paris (both Orly and
Roissy-Charles de Gaulle).
A shuttle bus (Les
Courriers de La Garonne) leaves the airport for the centre of Toulouse every
20 minutes on weekdays and at a reduced frequency at weekends (cost:
approximately 25 FRF / 3.81 EUR single, 40 FRF / 6,09 EUR day return. Tickets
are valid for two months), stopping at Compans-Caffarelli (where
the Conference is held) , Place Jeanne d’Arc, the bus stop opposite the
Air France office on the Allées Jean Jaurès, and the bus station (Gare Routière).
time is approximately 20 minutes.
the airport, tickets should be bought at the shuttle bus desk (Phone: +33 5 34
60 64 00) situated outside the terminal building in front of car park PO on the
arrivals level (Porte C). The bus
departs from in front of this desk.
last departure of this service is shortly after the arrival of the last plane of
the day (11.30 p.m).
shuttle service from the city to the airport starts at 5.20 a.m from the bus
station and tickets should be bought on board.
depart from between Halls 1 and 2 on the Arrivals level (Porte C).
fares to/from the city centre are 120 FRF / 18.29 EUR during the day and 150 FRF
/ 22.86 EUR at night.
+33 5 61 30 02 54.
· In addition, there are a number of car rental companies based at the airport. Their offices are located in Hall 2 in the Arrivals lounge.
information desk (Phone: +33 5 61 42
64/65) situated in Hall 2 on the Arrivals level is open 6 a.m – midnight daily
and is able to provide a range of local information including maps of Toulouse
and the region, as well as details on hotels and restaurants. Messages for
incoming passengers can be left or phoned through at this desk, which also
handles lost property enquiries.
are available in Hall 2 of departures (Travelex desk: open daily – Phone: +33
5 61 71 69 05) and at the Banque Populaire in Hall 1 on the Arrivals level
available on both airport levels.
Post Office (La
Poste) in Hall 1 of the Arrivals lounge is open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m –
automatic stamp machine is also available outside of these hours. There are no
postal facilities in the departure lounge. The airport has a number of bars,
restaurants and shops, all open daily.
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are plentiful in Toulouse though the habit of hailing one from the street is
less of an art form here than in other European cities. As a result, taxi ranks
are located strategically throughout the city centre; the ones at Place Wilson,
Place Esquirol and Matabiau railway station are available day and night, while
those at Place Jeanne d'Arc, Place St Cyprien and Toulouse-Blagnac airport are
usually available until early or late evening. If you are not near one of these
stands, the following telephone numbers can be called 24 hours a day.
+33 5 61 52 22 22
+33 5 34 25 02 50
Taxi Radio Toulousains
+33 5 61 42 38 38
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Boulevard Pierre Sémard
+33 5 61 10 10 00
information/reservation (in French)
railway station (Gare Matabiau) is situated about 15 minutes’ walk from Place
Wilson and the city centre. It is well connected to both bus services and the métro
(Marengo-SNCF stop) – an underground passageway provides immediate access to
the métro system. In addition to its normal ticket desks there is a special
information centre which includes an international desk. The station has a
reasonable selection of fast-food outlets plus a restaurant serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner. For visitors arriving in Toulouse, a small Tourist Office has
recently been opened at the station.
Train tickets can be bought at the railway station or at a number of retailers in the city, including the Espace Esquirol at Place Esquirol. In addition, tickets to certain destinations can be bought at reduced prices if purchased a week before travelling.
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ultra-sophisticated metro which was opened in 1993 is a model for future
underground systems – clean, comfortable and efficient. To date, the system
consits of just one line of 15 stations, from Jolimont to Basso-Cambo (18
minutes), although construction is already underway on a second line.
is a metro stop at the railway station (Marengo-SNCF) which makes the system
handy for anyone arriving in the city, with stops at Jean Jaurès (for Place
Wilson and the Boulevards) and Capitole (for Place du Capitole and Rue Alsace
Lorraine). The network is open from 5.00 a.m to midnight, 0.42 a.m Fridays and
Saturdays (the last train leaves at 0.12 a.m from each terminus).Trains run
every 2 minutes during rush hour, every 4 minutes out of rush hour and every 6
minutes at night.
Tickets can be bought at machines (instructions available in English) at metro stations – be warned that many stations do not have ticket counters so you will need coins to buy tickets, though they do give change. Tickets are valid 45 minutes after validation and can be used on both the metro and bus networks.
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the most interesting parts of the city are all generally accessible on foot, it
is unlikely that visitors will use many of the city’s bus services. Apart from
the airport shuttle bus, which is privately run and is detailed under the
airport section, the main bus route likely to be used is route 1 which covers a
circular route along the main boulevards (passing
by the Conference location, the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis), .
Tickets and prices are the same as for the metro. If using the bus network make sure you stamp your ticket in the machines on board.
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