Getting Around, Toulouse Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France)
Tourist attractions and other sites of interest within Toulouse city centre can easily be accessed on foot. If you need to travel further afield, or are making your way to the Toulouse Blagnac Airport or railway station, then bus transport or taxis are good alternatives. The area around Toulouse is particularly attractive, with many charming towns and villages.
Many of these can also be reached by using public transport, although visitors may find it more convenient to hire a car for all or part of their stay.
Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) / Arriving by Air
Address: BP 90103 - 31703 Blagnac Cedex, Toulouse, France
Tel: +33 5 61 42 44 4
is the fourth largest in France and is situated just 8 km / 5 miles outside the city centre. Flights operate from here to Paris
, as well as many other European cities. Airport shuttle bus transport provides travel between the airport and Toulouse city centre every 20 minutes, stopping en route at the train station, Allées Jean Jaurés, Place Jean d'Arc and Centre de Congrès.
Toulouse Blagnac Airport Guide
A number of major international car hire companies operate from Toulouse Airport. If you're planning to arrive late at night, then it's best to check the opening hours of rental company offices. Toulouse is a relatively small city and easily accessible by foot. However, a car is an especially useful mode of transport if you're planning to travel outside the city and explore the spreading Toulouse metropolitan area. The region is well served by an extensive road network.
Buses and Coaches
More than 50 different bus lines travel in and around Toulouse. Of these, half-a-dozen bus lines operate late at night. There is also a free electric shuttle, Tisseo, which transports visitors around the city centre. Information on public transport, including bus travel, can be found by visiting Espace Transports on the Place Esquirol.
France's high-speed TGV service travels between Toulouse and Paris, Bordeaux
and Lille. Other direct services transport visitors to many major French cities, including Nice
, Nantes and Biarritz.
Toulouse's rather sleek, modern metro system has recently been extended to two lines and 18 stations. The system is fully automated, so there is no driver or conductor. Metro train transport operates to a regular timetable and stations are enhanced by a contemporary work of art displayed in each one. Ticket and information kiosks can be found at Marengo and Basso-Cambo metro stations and also at the Place du Capitole.
There is plenty of standard taxi transport to be found in Toulouse. Taxi stands are located at the railway station, on the Place Wilson and at the Place Esquirol, providing convenient travel on a 24-hour basis. In addition, Toulouse has special 'tourist taxis'. These bear the sign, 'Taxi Touristique de Toulouse', and offer guided tours of the city in English or French.