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 running buses from Toulouse Matabiau train station to the festival, leaving at 11am on September 13th. You’ll get to the festival by 1pm, in time to get camped (or checked into your accommodation) and ready for the festival kick-off. After the festival (on Monday 16th), the return buses will leave Aulus les Bains at 11am, arriving at 1pm at Toulouse Matabiau train station. The return trip costs €54 (cheaper and quicker than public transport) – click the button below to buy your ticket. You can also buy an all-inclusive ticket (festival + travel) here.
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.