When holidaying in Toulouse hire a car, as this is the best way of getting to know the unique culture of the south of France. For example, drive along the banks of the river Garonne or follow the course of the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the south, the Ariège Pyrenees Regional Nature Park is well worth a day trip. At TUI Cars you can book your hire car for picking up at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
Fully comprehensive insurance cover and refunding of any excess paid are some of the big benefits included in the price at TUI Cars. Toulouse is fascinating in its own right, featuring the famous Gothic cathedral and the Dominican monastery. There are also the red-brick patrician houses for which the town is famous and why Toulouse is also called La ville rose. The mighty Basilica Saint-Sernin, a Romanesque church and stop on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela, is a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Museums in Toulouse
In addition to its impressive medieval and Gothic buildings, Toulouse is famous for its many museums. A must-see for visitors is the Musée des Abattoirs with its impressive collection of modern French art. This rambling, large building complex was formerly a conglomerate of slaughterhouse furnaces which was converted into an exhibition site in the 1950s.
Apart from the temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists, you can also admire permanent exhibitions that focus on contemporary Paris and agriculture in the region around Toulouse. Expressive examples include pictorial representations of life in and around Montcalm and Mont Valier, whose peaks rise over 3,000 metres in the Pyrenees Mountains – these peaks are incidentally within easy reach when visiting Toulouse by car.
Traffic information for France: explore Toulouse safely by car
The French speed limit is 130 km/h on motorways and 90 km/h on country roads.
As in all French cities you can only drive up to 50 km/h in the centre of Toulouse. In the mountains there are varying speed limits. In the case of oncoming traffic, usually uphill vehicles have priority on serpentine roads, downhill cars must give way.
As in Germany the alcohol limit in France is 0.5 mg/ml. Please note: Since 2012 it is mandatory in France to carry a breathalyser kit in the car. Even tourists are not excluded from this rule, although usually no fine is imposed. If you have a breakdown or an accident, please inform the police and the car rental company immediately. Any costs incurred are automatically reimbursed by TUI Cars or the insurance company. French breakdown assistance is available free of charge by calling 0800089222.