“Dialogues in Toulouse #2”

A few words about Toulouse

The city of Toulouse is the capital of the French region of Occitania – an ancient city with a two thousand year history – located in the south-west of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the Garonne River.

In Toulouse, French and Occitan languages are used, in which the names of all the streets are duplicated and the stops in the metro are announced (although almost no one speaks Occitan anymore).
The historic center of Toulouse is relatively small – 2-2.5 km in diameter – and easy to get around on foot. The population of Toulouse is about 500,000.

Toulouse has a very convenient subway system, with two lines A and B, with small, fully autonomous trains (without a driver’s cab). You can get anywhere in the city by metro in 15-20 minutes. Trains run every few minutes. The same ticket allows you to get to the airport on the T2 tram connecting Blagnac airport and Palais de Justice metro station, on line B (see map).

Uber and other taxi apps also work in Toulouse.

Toulouse is famous for its beautiful medieval architecture, which is dominated by pink brick (for which it is called Pink City), as well as parks and embankments.

The climate in Toulouse is warm, in winter the temperature rarely drops to zero, and summers can be very hot. In June, the air temperature during the day is about 20-25C.

Where will everything take place?

All activities will take place in the very center of the city, near the central square Capitole, at the Novotel Toulouse Center Wilson, located at 15 Pl. du President Thomas Wilson, 31000 Toulouse, France.

We will have a huge two-level meeting space, a restaurant, a cafe and much more. The Novotel Toulouse Center Wilson also, of course, has a hotel fund where members can book their stay.

The nearest metro station is Jean-Jaurès (line A & B), where lines A and B intersect, and is a 2-minute walk away.

Where to live?

Attention: the dates of the School are from the morning of June 14, 2024 to the evening of June 16, 2024. We also invite everyone to spend June 17 together, devoting this day to relaxation and walks around Toulouse. If booking on your own, book your accommodation from June 13 (check-in is usually in the afternoon) to June 18 (check-out is usually before 11:00).

Apartments or hotels in the city

Since Toulouse is a relatively small city and the venue is close to a metro station and the city centre, participants may choose to stay in other hotels or apartments booked on booking.com or airbnb.com. In this case, it is possible to settle in a company of 3-5 people, which will significantly reduce living costs.
We recommend choosing accommodation near Carmes, Jean Jaures, Jeanne d’Arc, Compans-Caffarelli metro stations.

How to get there?

In Toulouse, almost anywhere can be easily and quickly reached by public transport. All public transports: metro, buses and trams are paid for with a Tisseo system card, which is sold at special terminals at each metro station. It is profitable to buy a card for 10 trips.

How to buy a ticket at the Tisséo terminal

1. The Tisséo ticket terminal looks like this:

2. On his screen, select the option on the left, where Tisséo is written:

3. Then you need to select the type of ticket. You can buy a card for one trip or for 10 trips:

4. You can pay for the purchase by inserting a bank card into the terminal or by using the contactless method (works for both a card or a phone) by tapping a card or a phone to the place in the lower right corner of the machine where it says “paiement sans contact”.

When the payment is made, the card will fall into the tray at the bottom of the machine. It must be inserted into the turnstile with the red side up. The turnstile will print usage information at the back of the card and report the number of remaining trips (saldo).


Also, if necessary, you can use taxi services like Uber, Bolt, Freenow, etc. The approximate costs are:

  • Airport to Social Hub and nearby hotels: €33-35
  • From Matabiau train station to Social Hub: €8-10