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Car Rental Toulouse

Introduction

Known as the ‘Ville Rose’ or pink city owing to the glow of its stunning red-brick buildings in the sunshine, this vibrant city is located in the southwest of France, in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The diverse city offers something for every type of holiday maker. For history buffs there’s plenty to explore here from the city’s gorgeous architecture to the historical buildings, Renaissance town houses and picturesque squares. Toulouse is also something of cultural hub and amongst its streets you’ll discover an array of charming cafes, bars, museums and art galleries. You’ll see the true vibrancy of the city at night where you won’t be struggling to find entertainment and live music performances and during October, the city hosts an annual Jazz Festival. St Pierre Place is a popular place to party in Toulouse. With the city being a University city, there is plenty on offer for its huge student population as well as the younger tourist crowd. There’s also plenty on offer here for those with a more active holiday in mind. The local water park ‘Aqualudia’ is an excellent place for families whereas the wakeboarding centre just beyond the city limits might be more suited to adrenaline junkies. It’s also a fantastic city to see by bike with a great cycle path following the Canal du Midi. Toulouse has a humid subtropical climate with temperatures hitting the mid to late twenties throughout the summer months.

Ideal car

Hatchback
Ideal for getting around this part of France and easy to manoeuvre and park should you decide to drive into the centre of Toulouse.
Driving in Toulouse
Road Driving Side: R
Urban Speed Limit: 50 kmh
Rural Speed Limit: 90 kmh
Motorway Speed Limit: 120 kmh

Driving in Toulouse

R

Road Driving Side

50kmh

Urban Speed Limit

90kmh

Rural Speed Limit

120kmh

Motorway Speed Limit

Important things to note

The centre of Toulouse is fairly small and most areas of interest are within comfortable walking distance. However, the Cité de l’Espace is beyond the city limits and is within driving distance of the city.
Be aware that parking spaces in the city are limited. It’s recommended to park at the Metro station and travel into the city by Metro.
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
The highways surrounding Toulouse head towards Paris, Bordeux, Marseille and Barcelona.
Ideal car: Hatchback
Ideal for getting around this part of France and easy to manoeuvre and park should you decide to drive into the centre of Toulouse.

Highlights & Hotspots

There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Toulouse. The Place du Capitol is an impressive square where you’ll find the stunning Theatre du Capitole. This gorgeous opera house stages regular performances.
There are many places to eat in Toulouse offering a range of regional specialities such are crepes, foie gras and Armanac. You’ll also discover many restaurants and cafes at the Place du Capitole. For a more lively evening out, the Vieux Quarter has a more vibrant nightlife with a whole host of bars.
Sports enthusiasts should check out a game at the Stade de Toulouse – considered the home of French Rugby. The city becomes alive with excitement on match days, so be sure to soak up the atmosphere and see a game if you can.
Families will enjoy taking a trip to Cité de l’Espace (the “space city”) which offers a range of space and aviation exhibits as well as a number of hands-on and interactive exhibits that kids will love.
The Canal du Midi connects the Garonne River with the Étang du Thau. This UNESCO world heritage site is the perfect place to take a leisurely afternoon stroll or bike ride.

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Airport Information

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Toulouse and is accessible via the A620 motorway.