Toulouse Travel Guide - Ruck


Welcome to Toulouse, a city of rugby passion and one of the host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2023. Known as the “Pink City” due to its terracotta buildings, Toulouse boasts a rich cultural heritage, warm hospitality, and a fervent love for the sport. This travel guide will help you plan your visit, from getting to Toulouse to finding the best places to stay, eat, and explore.

Getting to Toulouse

By Air

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) is the main airport serving the region. It offers domestic and international flights, making it a convenient choice for rugby fans from around the world. From the airport, you can reach the city centre by taxi, airport shuttle, or public transportation.

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By Train

Toulouse is well-connected by train, with Toulouse-Matabiau station as the central railway hub. High-speed TGV trains link Toulouse to cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Montpellier, providing excellent rail connectivity.

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Where to Stay

Toulouse offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Book a hotel in Toulouse today from £39 with Expedia

Here are some popular areas to consider:

1. Capitole Square

Stay in the heart of the city near Capitole Square for easy access to shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. You’ll find luxury hotels, boutique options, and mid-range choices.

2. Saint-Cyprien

Cross the Garonne River to Saint-Cyprien for a more relaxed atmosphere. This area offers a mix of hotels and vacation rentals, often with scenic river views.

3. Budget-Friendly Options

Toulouse also has budget-friendly hotels and hostels, especially in the city centre, making it accessible to travellers with various budgets.

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Getting Around Toulouse

Public Transportation
Toulouse has an efficient public transportation system, including buses and trams, which can take you to different parts of the city. Consider purchasing a Toulouse Card for unlimited access to public transportation and discounts on attractions.
Many of Toulouse’s attractions are within walking distance of each other. Explore the historic Old Town, visit local markets, and discover charming neighbourhoods on foot.
Toulouse has a bike-sharing program called VélôToulouse, allowing you to rent a bike for leisurely rides through the city’s parks and along the Canal du Midi.
Taxis and Ride-Sharing
Taxis are readily available in Toulouse, and ride-sharing services like Uber operate in the city, offering convenient transportation options.
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Food & Drink

Toulouse is known for its rich culinary traditions, and you’ll find delicious dishes to savour during your visit:

1. Cassoulet

Try cassoulet, a hearty dish made with white beans, sausages, and duck or pork. It’s a local specialty and a must-try for food enthusiasts.

2. Foie Gras

Indulge in foie gras, a delicacy made from duck or goose liver, often served in various forms, including pâté and terrine.

3. Toulouse Sausage

Sample Toulouse sausages, which are famous for their flavourful blend of pork and spices. They are a key ingredient in many local dishes.

4. Local Wines

Pair your meals with wines from nearby wine regions like Fronton and Gaillac, known for their reds and rosés.

5. Pastries

Don’t miss out on local pastries like the Toulousain cake, a delicious almond and raspberry treat.