What you should know before hiring a car in Toulouse
Toulouse city centre
Car hires in Toulouse: practical information
Where to rent a car in Toulouse
Booked flight tickets from London to Toulouse? Now it's time to think about also getting a car hire while you're there. After all, travelling by car is the most enjoyable way to explore the region around Toulouse, including the Pyrenees Mountains. Get yourself a car hire Toulouse airport. The airport is by far the best place to pick up a rent car in Toulouse, you'll also find the best car rental deals in Toulouse at the airport, located just a few kilometres away from the city.
You can also pick up car hires in Toulouse's city centre. Near the train station, on the Boulevard Pierre Semard you can rent from Sixt, Europcar, Hertz and Avis. On Rue Bayard you'll also find France Car and Madras André on your way into the historic part of the city.
Driving in Toulouse: parking and other tips
There are several car parks located near the boulevard that circles the city centre: Parking Jeanne d'Arc Sogeso near the Jeanne d'Arc metro station and Vinci Jean Jaurès on the street with the same name.
If you want to park within the historic part of the city then go to Vinci Capitol car park, near the Capitole metro station. That way you're set up to see the whole city on foot. Alternatively, you can find a hotel in Toulouse which offers parking although it's pretty rare that it comes for free.
Road trips from Toulouse: what to do, what to see
Montauban is a little over 50km to the north of Toulouse and offers visitors plenty to see and do while visiting the Midi-Pyrenees. The Ingres Museum for starters is a must-do. Montauban's historic centre built in red brick to nothing short of charming as well as its other architectural features like the Place Nationale, the Old Bridge… While small, Montauban makes a great side-trip to your holidays in Toulouse.
Carcassonne is a little further away, around 80km from Toulouse. It's a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city itself was built upon ruins that have been dated to times before Christianity; now that's old! The city is a well-preserved medieval fortress… one you might recognize from the film Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves. Don't miss the live medieval jousting matches held twice daily between the two city walls.
Let's go to the seaside, surely a highlight on any trip to Toulouse! The Mediterranean Sea is a mere 1.5 hour drive from Toulouse with a car hire Toulouse city. If you head up the coast you'll find yourself in Agde, Sète and Frontignan. Going south is the region of Permignan and Corbières. Both regions are perfect, as are the views along the coastal highway.