Step off the plane and into your hire car, and discover the elegant city of Toulouse and beautiful Languedoc region. Book car hire Toulouse airport
Why hire a car at Toulouse airport?
If you want to explore southwest France's many treats by car, Toulouse is a great place to start. Both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines are within easy reach, as are historically significant cities such as Carcassonne and Lourdes, and for those who enjoy a natural high, the majestic Pyrenees are just a short drive away. Do all that in a taxi and you'll be bankrupt; it costs around €25 for the 15-minute trip from the airport into town.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Toulouse airport?
The airport is a short drive from the D902 and D2, which lead towards the city's ring road. Here you can either make your way into central Toulouse or merge with the joyously quiet motorways that head out into the countryside. Remember to have a few euros in your back pocket for the region's toll roads.
Car hire desks are located near the exit leading towards the car park and taxi rank.
Take a bit of French country cooking back to Blighty - pick up some jars of cassoulet and confit of duck before boarding. You'll be glad of it when you arrive home to find nothing but a couple of old mushrooms and an out-of-date yogurt in your fridge.
There are four cashpoints in the airport, located on the arrivals level in halls B and C, as well as the shopping area in the departures hall.
Watch the planes coming in and setting off while enjoying one last taste of Toulouse in 8?me Ciel, which specialises in local dishes and has a front-row seat next to the runway. You'll know you've stayed too long when it's your flight you're watching take off!
If flying stresses you out head to La Croix du Sud, a lounge area designed with relaxation in mind. Sink into a comfy chair, grab a paper or check your emails while sipping a café au lait.
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Suave and culturally sophisticated yet laid-back and welcoming, Toulouse is one of southern France's most enticing cities. Known as La Ville Rose because of its distinctive pink facades, it combines ancient, medieval and Renaissance architecture with museums, a world-class university and thriving nightlife, in one lovely bundle.
This 17th-century engineering marvel runs for 150 miles from the Garonne river at Toulouse to the port town of S?te on the Mediterranean, passing through some of the region's finest countryside. For the ultimate Sunday drive, follow the historic waterway all the way to the coast.
Located in Albi, Toulouse-Lautrec's birthplace, this museum houses the most comprehensive collection of the artist's work in the world. Make time to check out nearby Palais de la Berbie, as well as the beautiful walkways and stunning gardens that surround the building.
Perched atop a rocky hill, the 13th-century fortified village of Cordes was originally designed as a defensive stronghold. However, with the threat of invasion less likely these days, it now seduces thousands of visitors every year with its dramatic views and medieval charms. Drive here at a leisurely pace and then stretch your legs as you explore its enchanting streets.