There are two airports in Toulouse, making the region accessible from most major European cities. The railway station Toulouse Matabiau is served by both regional and national trains, making it another possibility. Toulouse is very easy to get to, and is a fabulous location in Europe despite being some 300 miles from Paris. Drop your bags off at the Hotel Campanile TOULOUSE NORD - Sesquières which is easily accessible from the airport. Once arrived and settled in Toulouse, you will find that the city boasts an extensive bus system but also a metro system of automatic rubber-tired trains. There is even a tram system operating between Toulouse and Beauzelle With these options, combined with a very cost-effective bicycle hire system VéloToulouse, visitors are positively spoilt for choice.
Toulouse boasts a whole range of cafés, restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and budget. Whether you are looking for a cake and a coffee to refuel and discuss the events of your holiday so far (we recommend a café on the Place du Capitole) or a delicious and hearty meal at the end of a long day’s exploration, Toulouse really does have it all. It even has a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants for those who really want to sample French cuisine in style. No trip to Toulouse is complete without sampling their famous ‘cassoulet’, a delicate mix of duck, pork and white beans. If this doesn’t take your fancy, their selection of sausages and foie gras certainly will.
As the fourth largest metropolitan area in France, Toulouse attracts visitors in extremely large quantities. When hosting its many festivals and events, Toulouse becomes a cultural melting pot for all aspects of France’s dance, theatre and musical talent. Toulouse d’Ete, which takes place in August, is a fantastic spectacle bringing hundreds of musicians together to perform in some of the most picturesque settings in Toulouse (and, we think, in all of France). But Toulouse is far from subdued in the winter months – November sees the region hosting one of the biggest and most reputable antiques fairs in the country as well as a spectacular Christmas market.
Toulouse is often referred to as the ‘greenest’ city in Europe in terms of eco-friendliness. It has free, electric-powered shuttle buses throughout the city and boasts over 200km of cycle track, making it extremely easy for any visitor to or resident of Toulouse to be conscious of their carbon footprint.