Toulouse is the fifth largest city in France and has recently become the hub of civil aviation and space flight for the whole country. The largest employer in the region, Airbus, manufacture a huge percentage of the worlds planes, and Toulouse has really come alive with the economic boost that partnership has brought to the region.
The city itself is located in the South of France and is an ideal place to explore the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts with its location almost exactly half way between both. It’s also a fantastic location to explore the Pyrenees.
With over 2,000 years of history and a huge range of festivals and events, Toulouse is a wonderful place to start exploring the South of France.
Things to do when hiring a car in Toulouse
If you want to explore everything that Toulouse and the surrounding area has to offer, you can’t go wrong by hiring a car. We’ve compiled a list of places to see during your time in Toulouse, all accessible by car.
Trip Advisors number one place to visit in Toulouse, the Basilique Saint-Sernin is a stunning building located in the heart of Toulouse. From the sculptures in the entrance area to the stunning detail that has gone into every part of the building, the Basilique Saint-Sernin truly is an marvellous piece of architecture, and is well worth a visit.
Musee des Augustins
The Musee des Augustins is the painting and sculpture museum in the city and has a fantastic range of artwork and sculptures for you to marvel at. Free on the first Sunday of each month (like many museums in France ) and only 3euros the rest of the time, this collection of artwork and sculptures from the last 800 years gives visitors hours of entertainment.
Airbus Factory Tour
Located five miles outside of the city, the Airbus Factory Tour is easy to access if you’ve hired a car. The tour gives a fascinating insight into how much work goes into producing a plane, and the millions of tiny pieces that hold the structure together. A must see for aircraft enthusiasts and an enjoyable experience for everyone else, the Airbus Factory Tour is a great way to step onto one of the new Airbus super jumbos.
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a fantastic place to take a nice afternoon stroll. Enjoy a boat trip on the canal and see all that Toulouse has to offer by boat.
Cordes Sur Ciele
A small village just outside the city of Toulouse, Cordes Sur Ciele is full of stone houses and wonderful streets. A little on the touristy side, this village still has an ancient charm and is a wonderful place to visit. Don’t go on a Tuesday when the village has it’s day off.
The fortified city of Carcassonne is a huge city built on the top of a hill, and really has to be seen to be believed. It’s size and grandeur makes it one of the most imposing places you can visit.
Expensive to stay in the city, guests are best to drive and visit for the day. Home to some wonderful fireworks displays throughout the year.
The interactive space park gives children and adults of all ages a wonderful insight into the world of space. With interactive displays in all languages your family can have a great day out at the space park.
St. Etienne Cathedral
St. Etienne Cathedral is home to a range of tapestries, a rare decoration in a church of this size. The tapestries provide a rare insight into the history of the location around the Cathedral.
Hiring a car in Toulouse
Like most of France, drivers must be over 21 to hire a car in Toulouse. Drivers under 25 may be charged a premium for their age. Like all of France, drivers drive on the right hand side of the road.