Discover the Bastides and Gorges de l'Aveyron destination by train! From Toulouse Matabiau train station, head towards Villefranche de Rouergue: an authentic bastide town 1h40 from Toulouse.

Some indications on your journey

  • 1:40 p.m .: the duration of your trip to Villefranche de Rouergue. Barely time to open a book and consult our brochures you have arrived!
  • Toulouse-Aurillac: the TER line which will take you through beautiful landscapes between Tarn hills and valleys then the wild and meandering gorges of the Aveyron.
  • Laguepie, Najac: the two stops that precede your final destination and will make you want to come back!

From Toulouse to Villefranche de Rouergue by train: immediate boarding!

At the Toulouse Matabiau SNCF station, embark on a trip to Villefranche de Rouergue, a charming medieval bastide town in the Aveyron department.

Why visit Villefranche de Rouergue?

  1. For his proximity to Toulouse and its direct line by train. A car-free trip = a more responsible getaway!
  2. For his remarkable architectural heritage, its pretty squares, its half-timbered and freestone houses.
  3. For his unmissable monuments accessible on foot from the station: the Monastery of Saint-Sauveur Charterhouse, Notre Dame collegiate church, Chapel of the Black Penitents.
  4. For his Brive market Thursday morning, one of the most beautiful in the South-West!

On the way: beautiful discoveries

Arrived at the SNCF station of Toulouse Matabiau, join your platform for the departure, direction the adventure! The train gradually moves away from the station and the town to cross Saint-Sulpice-sur-Tarn, Rabastens, Lisle-sur-Tarn, Gaillac... After crossing the Tarn river several times, the railway line then moves away from the vast plains to reach the gorges of the Aveyron. You will then cross Lexos, Laquépie then Najac. Perhaps you will be able to guess the fortress that sits on its rocky outcrop? Between the oaks, chestnuts and resinous trees, the train will give you the impression of flying over the Aveyron river whose many meanders you will come across.  

Good plan: your train ticket at 1€

Since December 2022, the Region Occitanie strengthens its “€1 train” system. All liO trains are €1 for all travellers, the first weekend of each month.
Are you under 26? Get your €1 ticket even more frequently on the SNCF Connect app.

Villefranche de Rouergue by train: suggested stay

For a day

Are you only in Villefranche de Rouergue for a day? Discover the city's must-sees.

  • Survey it country house with your smartphone to listen to its history or book your guided tour at the tourist office. 3 minutes walk from the train station.
  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of Carthusian monks and lay brothers at the Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur. 8 minutes walk from the train station.
  • Contemplate a breathtaking Baroque decor at the Chapel of the Black Penitents. 10 minutes walk from the train station.
Frank Tourneret
Stay in Villefranche de Rouergue

For two or more days...

Are you extending your stay in Villefranche de Rouergue? Book a room at a hotel, B&B or B&B and check out our top 10 things to do and see in the city.

Visit the surroundings

You can also resume the train or the bus to visit around ! Meet at Najac to visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Laguépie to stroll along the banks of the Aveyron river. Another idea: take the train to Salles-Courbatiès to set off on the way to Santiago de Compostela and reach Villefranche de Rouergue on foot.


About Marion

100% Aveyronnaise, I love exploring the Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron to enjoy new landscapes throughout the seasons...
Hikes, visits to monuments and charming villages, events and outings with friends... I'm never bored in this pretty corner of Aveyron!

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