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Getting around in Toulouse: info, costs and tips


Capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrenees region, in the southern part of France, Toulouse is a beautiful town crossed by the Garonne river, not far from the Spanish border. Also famous as Ville Rose for the numerous buildings built in terracotta bricks, it is the ideal place to spend a few days.

Here is a guide on how to get around Toulouse: info, costs and advice!

Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Toulouse
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Toulouse is a rather large city, but the historic center can be easily visited on foot. For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you opt for a private walking tour with a local, to identify the landmarks and settle in immediately. Alternatively, a lot also loved the bicycle. Also in this case, to orient yourself with cycle paths and roads, it is better to opt first for a guided tour by bike or electric bike!
If you don't like cycling, there is the alternative of the minibus with an open roof, which in 70 minutes will pass the main attractions with the audio guide!

Public transport is operated by Tisseo, which includes trams, buses and the metro. The ticket is unique for all means. If you plan to travel a lot, the Pastel Card is recommended, a rechargeable card with discounts for rides.
For those who stop for several days in Toulouse or have an itinerary full of things to see, the Pass Tourisme may be useful, a city pass that includes free or discounted admissions to attractions, discounts to affiliated activities andfree use of public transport for its entire duration!





  • Recommended solutions and means: metro, tram, bus, on foot, by bike
  • Solutions and means not recommended: taxi and car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Pass Tourisme (from € 18,00 -), day ticket (from € 6,10), 10 rides booklet (from € 13,70)

How to get from the airport to the center of Toulouse

Toulouse has one stop, theToulouse-Blagnac Airport, which is located in the industrial area 8 km from the center and can be reached in different ways according to your needs. The terminal is unique and is arranged on several levels that include both Departures and Arrivals and is divided into 4 areas: A, B, C and D. In addition to the Blagnac airport, other two airports not too far from Toulouse: we point out that of Carcassonne and that of Béziers, both served by low cost airlines such as Ryanair.

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

On the ground floor, at gates C and D you can find the bus stop Taxi; those wishing to reach the center in tram, line T2 connects the terminal with the Palais de Justice, in the center (14 stops, 30 min). Finally, theAirport shuttle of the public transport company Tissèo connects the airport to the Toulouse Matabiau station (5: 00-1: 00, departures every 20 min, duration 20 min). Anyone wishing to save money can also take public buses of the Tissèo company that connect the airport with the Fenouillet shopping center (line 30), with Toulouse St Cyprien (line 66) and with the Toulouse-Matabiau station (line 88).



  • Distance from the center: 8 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By tram: the T2 line / average cost € 1,60
  • By taxi: average cost € 25,00 / travel time: 15 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,00 / Airport shuttle; cost € 1,70 / line 30, 66 or 88

Carcassonne Salvaza Airport

From Carcassonne airport you have to take the bus of the RTCA company line 7 or 1 and arrive at Gare de Carcassonne; from here get on a train for "Gare de Toulouse Matabiau" (total duration approximately 2 hours).

  • Distance from the center: 91 km / travel time: 1 h 10 min
  • By bus + train: bus line 7/1 + regional train / ticket cost: from € 25,00
  • Private transfer: from € 300,00

Béziers Airport - Vias

From the "Béziers-Vias" airport it is necessary to reach the "Gare Bezieres" with the bus 210 and from there, more bus (line B, F, E) to "Gare SNCF Bas"; then you take a train to "Gare Toulouse Matabiau" (total time about 3 hours).

  • Distance from the center: 191 km / travel time: 2 h
  • By bus + train: bus line 210 + bus line B, F, E + TGV or TER train / ticket cost: from € 28,00
  • Private transfer: from € 350,00

How to get around on foot

Although Toulouse is not exactly small, its historic center, represented by the place Esquirol crossed by the rue de Metz ending on the Pont-Neuf, is almost everything can be walked on and can be easily turned on foot. Especially on beautiful sunny days it is pleasant to walk along the banks of the Garonne and stop and visit the various palaces and museums. For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you opt for a private walking tour with a local, to identify the landmarks and settle in immediately.

If you want to live a more fun experience, but always in safety, we recommend the guided bike tour of the city, also available with an electric bike! Toulouse in fact it has numerous cycle paths and the bike sharing system Velò Toulouse has 280 stations. The maximum cost for a day is € 1,30, while the weekly pass costs € 5,00.

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Toulouse for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Toulouse has an efficient public transport network managed by the Tissèo company, which includes trams, buses, shuttles and metro. In the city center there is also a train station, the Toulouse-Matabiau, which connects the main French cities and the surrounding area with fast and regional trains.

If you have little time to dedicate to the city or, more simply, you want to enjoy a scenic ride, we recommend the 70-minute tour by open-top minibus, which will pass close to the main attractions, also giving you an idea of ​​how they are located in the city. In addition, you can take advantage of the audio guide service, available in 8 languages!

Metro

The metro network is formed by two lines. Line A has 18 stations and goes from Basso Cambo to Balma Gramont and line B with 20 stations from Borderouge to Ramonville. Jean Jaures central station is the exchange point between the two lines.

  • Downloadable map: transport-toulouse
  • Sun-Thu 5: 15- 00:00; Fri and Sat 5: 15-03: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 6,10 day ticket € 3, 12,20 days € 10, 13,70 rides booklet €

bus

The Tissèo bus network has 84 lines which cover the entire urban agglomeration. Furthermore, there are some lines (2, 10, 12, 16, 22, 38, 66, 79, 81, 88, the TAD 106, 119 and 120) that cover the most central areas and are in operation only from Thursday night to Sunday evening.

  • Downloadable map: transport-toulouse
  • from 5:05 to 21:40, Friday and Saturday until 1:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 6,10 day ticket € 3, 12,20 days € 10, 13,70 rides booklet €

Tram

The Toulouse tram network covers a total of 16 km e has two lines: T1 and T2. Line T1 departs from the Arenas district and ends after 18 stops in the town of Blagnac, 10,6 km away. The T2 line, on the other hand, extends for 6 km and has 16 stops that connect the airport to the Palace of Justice.

  • Downloadable map: transport-toulouse
  • from 5:57 to 23:58, Friday and Saturday until 1:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 6,10 day ticket € 3, 12,20 days € 10, 13,70 rides booklet €

By car

For those arriving by car in Toulouse, you should know that the city, since 27 November 2017, has a Access Regulation to limit damage from pollution. Only vehicles with the Crit'Air 3 sticker can enter. They can be purchased on the official website and applied to the windshield. The fines in the event of a bad badge range from € 68,00 to € 180,00.

Also you have to do beware of traffic and parking problems in the city center and in the Toulouse area. We therefore recommend that you leave your car in the hotel car park or in one of the garages or car parks in the city affiliated with the Tisseò network, which then allows you to move around by public transport. To consult the most convenient one, just connect to the official website (daily cost € 25,00).

Limited traffic area

The historic heart of the city center is located in zone with speed limit 30 km / h, to improve the safety of users and the environment, the pedestrian has priority. Furthermore, within the perimeter of the city center, some sectors benefit from specific statutes that further limit the speed of traffic:

  • Meeting area: the speed is limited to 20 km / h and pedestrians and cycles have priority
  • Pedestrian zone: the circulation of motor vehicles is prohibited, with the exception of residents and deliveries who must drive at a speed of 6 km / h

Stops and parking

Those who want to park in the city center should know that parking areas are divided into two categories. The parking lots short term, in the city center, allow parking for a maximum of 2 h 30 min and the rate from Monday to Saturday 9: 00-20: 00 is the following: 1h for € 1,50, 2h for € 3,00. Instead, the parking lots in the medium term, in the suburban areas and those of the downtown belt, allow a maximum stop of 5 h and the cost from Monday to Saturday 9: 00: 19: 00 is the following: 1h at € 0,50, 2h at € 1,00, 3h for € 1,50, 4h for € 2,00.

For all the in-depth and up-to-date information, we recommend consulting the Toulouse official website.

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