Nicknamed ‘La Ville Rose’ (The Pink City), Toulouse is a city that glows – from its blushing pink buildings crowned with ochre rooftops, to its bohemian, mellow vibe.
France’s fourth largest city is a hub for science and industry with a big student population and the Airbus factory producing aircrafts just down the road. It also has pulsating nightlife and a lively music scene. Yet for all its freneticism, paradoxically, Toulouse has a decidedly laid back feel. Book cheap flights to Toulouse with Flybe today and discover this fascinating city for yourself.
Flight frequency: Daily
Currency: EUR (€)
Toulouse is blessed with all the typical French charms you’d expect – beautiful boutiques, bustling food markets and salons de thé. Medieval churches tower above quirky shop fronts while the city’s 2,000 years of heritage offer up a whole host of cultural wonders. Split in half by the serene waters of the Garonne River, and in close proximity to the Spanish border, some of the best vineyards in south west France are on the doorstep. Whether you are booking flights to Toulouse for a city break with friends or a romantic weekend away, start planning your visit by checking out our guide on things to do in Toulouse.
Your first foodie stop in Toulouse should be Les Halles Victor Hugo, a giant covered market where seasonal produce abounds. Pick up the best local cheeses and meats to take away, or dine in one of the rustic little restaurants on the first floor.For hang-the-expense fine dining in gorgeous surrounds, head to double Michelin-starred Michel Sarran. Just make sure you book in advance. Leave a bit of room for cake at Flower’s Café, situated in Place Roger Salengro. Their desserts are legendary and they do a great brunch, too. Place du Capitole – the central city square and Toulouse’s beating heart – is the perfect place for a spot of leisurely people-watching accompanied by a coffee in the morning or an aperitif in the evening. As the sun goes down, the 130-year-old wine bar Au Père Louis is an excellent choice. For live gigs and late nights, head to Connexion Café where you can sip cocktails on the outdoor terrace.
Thanks to its compact centre and network of cobbled lanes, the best way to enjoy shopping in Toulouse is on foot. Find luxury brands on Rue Saint-Rome, quirky boutiques on Rue de la Pomme or hit the renowned Marché aux Puces flea market packed with antiques during the first weekend of each month. Vintage lovers should head to the wealth of second-hand shops – or friperies – to stock up on some of the best vintage finds outside Paris. Groucho Vintage on Place de la Bourse and Jet-Rag Vintage on Rue Cujas have a reputation for being among the best. Toulouse has long been synonymous with violet based products. Les Trésors de Violette on Rue de la Pomme stocks everything from perfumes, to sweets, to herbal teas made from the dainty purple blooms.
One of the most prominent museums in Toulouse is the fine art museum, Musée des Augustins de Toulouse, housing sculptures and paintings ranging from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Kids will love the Muséum de Toulouse with its natural history collection comprising an impressive 2.5 million artefacts. Once they’re done inside, they can let off steam outside in the beautiful Henri Gaussen Botanical Gardens. Not to be missed is the mind-blowing space museum, Cité de l’Espace, featuring interactive exhibits and a planetarium. It’s fascinating fun for all the family.
Toulouse Airport is well served by local public transport and taxis so it's easy to travel between the city and the airport.
IATA code: TLS
Name: Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac
Address: 31703 Blagnac, France
Telephone: +33 825 38 00 00
You’ll find a range of car parking options at Toulouse Airport including both short and long stay. To book car parking at Toulouse Airport, visit the airport website. There is a free drop-off zone limited to 10 minutes. The airport lies just off the A621 motorway. Average driving time between central Toulouse and Toulouse Airport is around 20 minutes.
Public transport from Toulouse Airport is excellent. You can buy an interchangeable ticket that can be used on all forms of public transport, including the airport shuttle bus, which takes around 20 minutes from the terminal into the city centre. Additionally, local bus routes 30 and 88, and the TISSEO metro also connect from Toulouse Airport to the city centre and surrounding areas. The metro runs every 15 minutes. Find out more about public transport from Toulouse Airport on the airport website.
Taxis from Toulouse Airport are available just outside the Arrivals area.
Hiring a car at Toulouse Airport is easy with several operators available including Flybe's car hire partners, Avis and Budget. We recommend booking your hire car in advance to ensure you get the best price and a speedy departure from the terminal after your flight to Toulouse. Booking car hire with Avis and Budget is easy – simply add on a car hire option when booking your Flybe flights.
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