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Getting around Toulouse

Public transport

The buses and metro in Toulouse are very easy to use and are operated by Tisséo (tel: +33 5 6141 7070; You can buy one-, two- and three-day passes or books of 10 tickets.


You can find taxis at the airport, the railway station and at the central place du Capitole, but it can be difficult to flag one down in the street. As with most things in Toulouse, tipping is not expected. Try Capitole Taxi (tel: +33 5 3425 0250) or Taxi Radio Toulousains (tel: +33 5 6142 3838).


Both driving and parking can be tricky in Toulouse. In fact, if you’re only visiting the city then it’s much easier to walk or use public transport. You'll find plenty of car parks in Toulouse – but at a price, unless you park out of town at the following metro stations: Jolimont, Basso-Cambo, Arènes, Argoulets and Balma Gramont.

Car hire

If you’re over 18, have a passport, a driving licence and an element of fearlessness, you can hire a car in Toulouse at either the station or the airport.

Main operators include Avis (tel: +33 820 611 677;, Budget (tel: +33 6 6531 3394;, Hertz (tel: +33 5 6273 3947; and Sixt (tel: +33 8 2000 7498;

Bicycle hire

Toulouse has plenty of cycle lanes, plus a bikeshare system across the city called VélôToulouse (tel: 0800 112 205, in France only;

For longer bicycle rentals, visit Maison du Vélo Toulouse, 12 boulevard Bonrepos (tel: +33 5 3440 6472;

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Featured Hotels


Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra

Right in front of the spectacular Théâtre du Capitole, this luxury hotel is where celebrities stay when in Toulouse. Formerly a 17th-century convent, there's nothing austere about the place now. Each room is individually decorated in hues of deep yellow or red, but all offer old-world charm combined with modern amenities.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

It's a few footsteps away from Place du Capitole, but when you step inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel you feel as though you've entered another world. With marble statues, lush greenery and an outdoor terrace with wrought-iron chairs, this feels more like Italy than France.

Pullman Toulouse Centre

Bright, light and modern, the Pullman Toulouse Centre is a business hotel that throws in a bit of style for weekend travellers. With funky scarlet chairs, white walls and elegant vases, it's a breath of fresh air. Don't confuse it with the Pullman Toulouse Blagnac, which is out by the airport.

Hôtel des Arts

Not to be confused with the substantially more upmarket Hôtel des Beaux Arts, this one may not have the glitz and glamour but it still has a great location. Just off Place St Georges, one of the most romantic parts of Toulouse, it's also within walking distance of the river.

Hôtel des Beaux Arts

For a room with an unforgettable view of Toulouse's Pont Neuf illuminated at night, try the Hôtel des Beaux Arts. The building itself has an 18th-century façade and a busy yet brilliant brasserie downstairs. Rooms somehow combine modern animal print cushions with a romantic charm from days gone by.

Le Grand Balcon Hôtel

There's a sense of fun in this 1930s hotel just off Place du Capitole. Fittingly, for a city associated with aerospace, the elegant rooms have a playful aviation theme to its stylish décor. They've even named a suite after one of its best-known guests: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator and Little Prince author.