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.
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)
CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN ToulouseToulouse 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|
|June||14/57||25/77||60/2.4||Good period to go|
|July||16/61||28/82||37,7/1.5||Good period to go|
|August||16/61||28/82||47/1.9||Good period to go|
|September||13/55||25/77||47/1.9||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|
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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).
1 CHF = 0,86 EUR
1 EUR = 1,16 CHF
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
- Address : 38 Quai de Jemmapes 75010 Paris
- Website : http://www.vaccinations-airfrance.fr
- Telephone : +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
- To make a vaccination appointment:
- online (click here)
- call the centre at +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
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.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
- Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
- Nationals of certain foreign countries.
For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.
For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Toulouse, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
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
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.
Train station: Gare
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 (…).
Good to know
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End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October
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Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.