Flights & getting there
Eight kilometres northwest of the city centre, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport has frequent flights to Paris and other large French cities, as well as major hub cities in the UK, Italy and Germany.
Long-distance bus services are provided by several private operators; destinations include Bordeaux and Paris (overnight coach). Find routes at Eurolines (www.eurolines.fr). All services run to/from Toulouse's Gare Routière.
Driving in Toulouse, as with any large French city, is not for the faint of heart. Parking in particular is a real headache; some hotels have private garages for an extra charge, or offer discounted rates at city car parks. Otherwise you'll be stuck with expensive on-street parking (usually with an upper limit of two hours, but it's free from noon to 2pm and on Sundays). Count on paying €15 to €26 for a full day, depending on which car park you choose.
Toulouse is served by frequent fast TGVs, which run west to Montauban, Agen and Bordeaux (which has connections to Bayonne and the southwest, plus Paris), and east to Carcassonne, Narbonne, Montpellier and beyond.
Toulouse's main train station, Gare Matabiau, is 1km northeast of the city centre.
Albi €14.10, one hour, 11 to 16 daily
Auch €16, 1½ hours (direct or with bus), nine daily
Bordeaux from €17, two hours, 13 daily
Carcassonne from €16.50, 45 minutes to one hour, up to 23 daily
Castres €15.70, 70 minutes, up to 11 daily
Montauban €10.30, 30 minutes, up to 26 daily
Pau €34.20, 2¼ to three hours, seven daily