Car hire in Toulouse
Hiring a car in Toulouse
Those looking for a cultural holiday destination that still has plenty of modern touches are likely to choose Toulouse as their ideal destination. The city - known as La Ville Rose - is located in the south-west of France, offering a different vibe to much of the country.
It features tumbling classic architecture, beautiful views over the Garonne River, the hustle of busy food markets and a great night scene. Toulouse is also brilliant for driving in, especially as it allows you to explore the Languedoc region, which is truly beautiful.
What you need to know
You've got plenty of options when it comes to hiring a car in Toulouse. A number of companies operate in the city so you'll have no problems finding the right car for your trip, especially if you use our website. This will allow you to compare the prices and packages of all the companies available to you for the date of your holiday, ensuring you get the best possible deal. On top of this, Holiday Autos also provides free cancellation should your plans change, along with around the clock support.
Where to pick up your car
Toulouse has a busy train station and airport, and you can collect a hire car from both. This means that no matter how you arrive in the city, you can get on with your holiday straight away. In Toulouse Airport, you'll find the car hire desks near the exit as you head toward the car park, making them nice and easy to locate.
At Toulouse Railway Station, the car hire offices are in the concourses - there is an eastern and western concourse - so you'll need to look out for the office belonging to the company you booked with. You can also ask at the information desk, which will be able to direct you.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Once you have your hire car, the whole of Toulouse and beyond is open to you. There are great places to visit within the city as well as in the surrounding area, meaning you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a destination. You can make the most of the city and explore its great range of eateries and shopping locations.
If you fancy taking in a bit of history, you might consider visiting one of the beautiful churches in the city, such as the Basilique St-Sernin with its rose-coloured brickwork. Of course, you can just embrace the vibe of the city by grabbing a cup of coffee at the Place du Capitole and watch the world go by.
Toulouse is such a vibrant and rich city that it won't take you long to find somewhere you want to explore. As well as beautiful historical buildings, Toulouse is also home to scientists, which is evident at the Cité de L'Espace space museum. Located on the eastern outskirts of Toulouse, the museum is just under 6km from the city centre. You can reach it by following the D126 before turning onto the Boulevard des Crêtes.
Close to the centre of Toulouse, there is also the 200-year-old Jardin des Plantes, which is well worth a visit. The seven-hectare park is a calm haven away from the busy city, and is only 4km from the heart of the city. It is home to stunning plant life that is perfect to take in on a sunny day.
As well as being a great city to explore, Toulouse is also close to other areas of note. One of these is the Canal du Midi, which is accessible via the A61, although it is 126 kms away from the centre of Toulouse, so be prepared for a day trip. The Canal du Midi is a 241-km waterway that was constructed under Louis XIV to serve as a link between the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the canal offers stunning views, which you can explore by foot or bike.
Another place to visit along the A61 is Carcassonne, which is 95 kmss from the centre of the city. Dominated by a medieval fortress - another UNESCO World Heritage Site - Carcassonne is known for its history and offers a sleepy atmosphere that is great for a relaxed explore.
Top attractions to visit in Toulouse
You can really get to grips with what Toulouse has to offer when you hire a car, allowing you to visit some of the best places in the city and around it.
Eating and drinking
As can be expected of a city in France, Toulouse is a haven for those who love good food and drink. There are a huge number of restaurants to choose from, allowing you to dine in a Michelin-starred eaterie one day and a cafe off the beaten track the next. Of course, you can always make the most of any number of the vibrant wine bars that allow you to spend your evenings in style.
Things to do
A great idea is to hire a canal boat from Locaboat to view Toulouse and the surrounding areas by water. All training is provided so you don't need previous experience, which means you can hop on a vessel at a number of waterways, including Agen, Valence-sur-Baïse and the Canal du Midi.
The city also offers great shopping experiences, combining larger stores with small, hidden gems that require you to rummage for something special. Whatever your style of shops, you'll find somewhere to spend your money.
You can't really go to Toulouse without visiting the Couvent des Jacobins, which was originally founded way back in 1215. The mother church of the Dominican order, the structure is wonderfully elegant and filled with noteworthy bits of history, including St Thomas Aquinas who is buried beneath the altar.
You should also make a point of visiting the Place du Capitole, which is the main square of the city. As well as offering great cafes, the south side is the Vieux Quartier of the city and offers you winding lanes interspersed with smaller squares. Here you'll find brilliant shops and restaurants hidden away that are definitely worth exploring.