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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Toulouse

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Toulouse each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. On this day, sellers can be found on almost every corner!

June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues across Toulouse.

July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Toulouse, evening festivities include a concert at Prairie des Filtres and fireworks set off from barges floating on the Garonne.

August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Toulouse, is marked by several religious ceremonies.

Third weekend in September : European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

November 28 – December 26: Christmas Market (local event)

A traditional Christmas market is held in the Place du Capitole. Its welcoming log chalets all offer original gift ideas. An event not to be missed!

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Toulouse

Toulouse enjoys a temperate climate, with continental, oceanic and Mediterranean influences. Summers (June to September) are dry and hot while winters (December to March) are relatively mild.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 2/36 9/48 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
February 3/37 11/52 52/2.0 Not the best period to go
March 5/41 14/57 49/1.9 Not the best period to go
April 7/45 17/63 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
May 11/52 21/70 74/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
June 14/57 25/77 60/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
July 16/61 28/82 37,7/1.5 Good period to go Good period to go
August 16/61 28/82 47/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
September 13/55 25/77 47/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
October 10/50 19/66 57/2.2 Not the best period to go
November 6/43 13/55 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
December 3/37 10/50 52/2.0 Not the best period to go
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Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is located in the town of Blagnac, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) north-west of Toulouse.

  • One terminal, with four halls: A, B, C and D

Getting from the airport to Toulouse and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A621 motorway and then exit 3 from the D902 road. Travel time is about 15 minutes to the city centre.
    • Several car rental companies have counters at halls C and D.
  • By shuttle bus
    • Shuttle buses operated by Tisséo depart every 20 minutes from a stop outside exit C2 on the arrivals level. Travel time is 20 to 45 minutes. The buses run from 5:40 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the direction of the Toulouse bus station and from 5:00 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. in the direction of the airport. The fare is EUR 8.00 each way.
    • Bus lines 25 and 30 serve the airport (EUR 1.60 per ride).
    • Bus line 88 operated by the Conseil Général de la Haute-Garonne serves the city of Toulouse and surrounding communities (EUR 2.00 per ride).
  • By taxi
    • Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals area, between exits B3 and C1. You may call ahead to make a reservation, +33 (0)5 61 30 02 54.
    • The fare to central Toulouse is approximately EUR 20.
  • By tram
    • The new T2 line connects the airport with the city centre, with trams running every 15 minutes. The first departure from the city centre (Arènes) is at 5:35 a.m. and the last at 11:30 p.m. (Palais de Justice). Travel time is between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the city centre destination and the fare is EUR 1.60 each way.
  • Services : shops, bars and restaurants, valet parking, and free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone : 0 825 380 000 (local rates apply)
  • Website : http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr

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GETTING AROUND Toulouse

Toulouse's public transport system is one of the best and most efficient in France. The city's buses and its metro offer excellent coverage and are both easy to use and convenient. Exploring the city centre on foot or by bicycle is also an excellent option.

By rail, bus and tram

  • A dense and extensive network
  • Two Metro lines (A and B), with 38 stations
  • Two tram lines
  • A single fare for all modes of transport with only one fare zone (the same ticket may be used throughout Toulouse and its surrounding area)
  • More than 80 bus lines
  • 1 bus line with extended evening hours:
    • from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
    • from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday
  • Mobibus service available by request for persons with limited mobility and the visually impaired
Fares :
  • EUR 1.60 for a single ride
  • EUR 13.40 for ten rides

With the aim of encouraging both locals and visitors to use public transport in Toulouse, the system operator Tisséo offers free parking areas outside the city centre for its users.

By car

For those who prefer to visit Toulouse by car, there are nearly 9,000 parking spaces in the city's various parking facilities. Most of these facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By bicycle

Toulouse has its own public bike-sharing service, VélôToulouse. Users may pick up and drop off bikes at any of the 242 stations around the city. Toulouse offers more than 500 kilometres (311 miles) of cycling paths.

Rates:

  • A ticket valid for 1 day costs EUR 1.20 (in addition to the ticket charge, the first half hour is free, the second costs EUR 0.50 and each subsequent half hour costs EUR 1.00)
  • A ticket valid for 7 days costs EUR 5.00 (in addition to the ticket charge, the first half hour is free, the second costs EUR 0.50 and each subsequent half hour costs EUR 1.00)

For more information, visit http://www.velo.toulouse.fr

Pass Tourisme

These passes offer unlimited travel on all modes of transport in Toulouse (Metro, trams, buses and the airport shuttle) plus free or reduced admission fees for many museums, monuments and other tourist attractions, tours and cruises, leisure activities, etc.

Prices:

  • 1 day : EUR 15
  • 2 days : EUR 22
  • 3 days : EUR 29

For further information, please visit the website of Toulouse Tourist Office: www.toulouse-visit.com

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Toulouse, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Toulouse Tourist Office

Offers practical information (sightseeing, tours, heritage sites and cultural institutions, nights out on the town, etc.) and publications for tourists on the city of Toulouse and its region.

  • Address : Square Charles de Gaulle, 31000 Toulouse, France
  • Opening hours : Every day from 9 a.m. to 6/7 p.m.
  • Telephone : 0 892 180 180 (local rates apply)
  • Website : http://www.toulouse-tourisme.com

There is also a tourist information kiosk at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Medical information

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Food safety

There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Toulouse.

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Useful addresses

Foreign embassies and consulates in France

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

The directory made available online by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French only) includes addresses and contact details for all foreign embassies and consulates in France:

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-et-adresses-du-maedi/ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france

Tips for travellers

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in France, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Toulouse a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour

Good evening: Bonsoir

Good-bye: Au revoir

Yes: Oui

No: Non

No, thank you: Non, merci

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas.

Could you repeat that?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?

Please: S'il vous plaît.

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ?

Excuse me: Excusez-moi.

Airport: Aéroport

Train station: Gare

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hôtel

Hospital: Hôpital

Bank: Banque

Telephone: Téléphone

I'm (…): Je suis (…).

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…).

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ?

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ?

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…).

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Good to know

00 33
+ phone number without the 0
0 : 00
of time difference with
Paris
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Toulouse like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.