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Basic info and car hire in Toulouse

Location: Occitanie Region in the South of France

Population: 935,440 inhabitants in the urban area

Official language: French

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Weather: Toulouse climate is submediterranean and is affected by the Mediteranean sea. The hottest months are June, July and August, when the temperatures can go extremely high. These are also the months when precipitation is the lowest, however, rain will not be your problem in Toulouse.

Public holidays in Toulouse: Check the dates for the public holidays in Toulouse

Internet coverage: check for the list of places offering free internet

Road conditions: Roads in Toulouse are good with no major issues. Check ViaMichelin for live road traffic conditions

About Toulouse

Touluse, or La Ville Rose - as known for its pink brick houses - is a busy French capital in the South of France, in the region of Occitan. The city is known for being the European center of aero industry, with Airbus being just one of many companies with the headquarters in Toulouse. It is also a popular tourist destination for all the different wine regions in the Toulouse surroundings and the beautiful Garonne River.

Toulouse is a great base point if you are planning to see more of the Southern France: Marseille, Carcassone, Montpellier and Bordeaux are all major points of interest, not far from the city of Toulouse. Once your flight landed in Toulouse, you are just a step away from a car hire at Toulouse Airport. From the airport, the drive is smooth and easy and the French countryside is at your hand just waiting to be explored.

Driving in Toulouse

  • Age limits: 18
  • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver’s license is written in non-Latin alphabet
  • Additional papers: Travel insurance, passport of all travellers
  • Additional requirements: Credit card of the main driver
  • Children in the car: Children must be seated in a secure and appropriate child seat if younger than 12 years. You can bring your own child or baby seat to avoid the unpleasant surprises of at the car hire agency
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights: Dipped car lights are recommended and during night lights are mandatory
  • General speed limits: 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways (70 mph (110 km/h) in wet weather and on urban motorways), 55 mph (90 km/h) on other roads outside built-up areas, 30 mph (50 km/h) in build-up areas
  • Parking suggestions: Toulouse city centre is small and the streets can get pretty narrow. Parking is possible for a fee on the streets while parking garages are frequent in the surrounding areas.

 From Toulouse to Bordeaux a motorway is connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean (thus it is called autoroute des deux mers).

Read our customers' reviews of different suppliers and locations in Toulouse... 

What Our Customers said about Our Partners Supplier Location
9 Sixt Toulouse Matabiau Railway Station
"Easy desk to find at Toulouse airport. Dealt with effitiently. Car well prepared" Europcar Retail Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Smooth rental. Firefly France Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Great service Firefly France Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Quick and efficient, no nonsense service. Firefly France Toulouse Blagnac Airport
It was the first time hiring a car abroad for me and i thought it would be stressful but you made it easy many thanks Alamo Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Easy to find, really friendly, helpful staff, great car & didn't get "stung" with any excess charges (as I was expecting). Enterprise Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Good service, car upgrade, no hard sell to take additional products. Alamo Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Friendly and prompt service at pick up. No 'hard sell' of insurance. Our car was 'upgraded' to a slightly better car. Alamo Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Friendly approach and easy to understand Alamo Toulouse Blagnac Airport
everything ran smoothly Alamo Toulouse Blagnac Airport

Drive your rental car around Toulouse

Toulouse is the capital of the Haute-Garonne department and the Occitanie region, located in the South of France. To choose Toulouse as your base point is a smart choice, as you have several day-tips to make from it. And of course, a car hire in Toulouse is witty to get yourself a true freedom.  

The Mediterranean sea is 150 km away from Toulouse and on your way to the coast you can stop at Carcassone and Montpellier. Carcassone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its fortified town placed on a strategic location above the Aude plain. The town was once a link by a historic trade route linking the Atlantic ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. Montpellier however, will surprise you with the lack of ancient ruins, as it was founded by the count of Toulouse. Visit the main square of this beautiful city to capture a glimpse of the every day life in Montpellier.

Continuing the road from Montpellier you'll arrive to Marseille, which is 404 km away from Toulouse. On the other end hand, you can also take a turn and head towards Bordeaux.

Albi would be yet another brick town if it wasn't for the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Located to the northheast of Toulouse, Albi is were Lautrec was born and the pretty little town dedicated a museum to this famous artist. Here, you'll find a rich collection of the Lautrec's sketches and paintings and also some works of art of other Toulouse-Lautrec contemporaries as Matisse, Rodin and Degas.

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