The journey to Aulus les Bains is an exciting experience – you’ll witness the landscape change from the wide plains spread around the Garonne river, gradually rising through the foothills of the Pyrenees, following mountain rivers up to the very last village before the frontier chain. It’s a spectacular journey, but you need to plan it right.
We’re in the process of chartering some coaches to take you from Toulouse Matabiau (the main train station in Toulouse) to Aulus les bains. We’re estimating that the cost of the return trip will be €54 – that’s cheaper than public transport, and will be a lot faster. As soon as we have the coaches set up, we’ll post a link here to book your place.
By public transport
The first step is to get to Toulouse.
By air: Toulouse (TLS) is the closest airport, 1.5 hours drive from here.
By rail: highly recommended, the train network in France is fast, comfortable, reliable and relatively cheap. Get your ticket from http://www.voyages-sncf.com and head for Toulouse Matabiau.
By bus: maybe the cheapest option if you’re booking last minute, check http://www.ouibus.com
Once you get to Toulouse: from Toulouse bus station (next to the train station) get the 952 bus to Saint-Girons. Get off at the last stop, grab a coffee and wait for the next bus to Aulus. Bus time are in this PDF: http://bit.ly/bus_ariege, and for a detailed timetable of the 952 see here: http://bit.ly/952bus
Please plan your journey to allow for local connections – we’re in the mountains, and buses are not frequent.
From Toulouse, head southwest on the A64 to Junction 20, exit onto the D117. Continue to Saint-Girons, then follow the D3 to Oust, then the D32 to Aulus-les-bains. Aulus is signposted all the way from Saint-Girons. If you’re coming from Spain or east France, you should arrive via the N20 – at Tarascon, take the D8, then the D18. Again, signposts are at all junctions.