Toulouse Travel Guide
Discover the pink city
With its colourful streets and spectacular architecture, Toulouse is a delight to explore. The capital of France’s Midi-Pyrénées region is less than 100 km from the border with Spain and 150 km from the Mediterranean. Thanks to its well-preserved medieval history and deep-rooted local identity, Toulouse is one of the country’s most pleasant destinations for visitors.
Toulouse has certainly not lost its medieval character, featuring cobblestone streets, houses with towers and bilingual street signs in French and Occitan. With a unique mix of history and culture, there’s so much to see in this charming city – plan your perfect trip to Toulouse with the help of GetYourGuide.
Toulouse is full of rose-coloured buildings that have earned it the nickname the ‘Pink City’ (La Ville Rose). One of France’s most historic locations, it’s also known for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Southern Canal (Canal du Midi) and the Saint-Sernin Basilica.
So, what is Toulouse like to visit? The city takes pride in its rugby club, local cuisine and artistic and cultural scene. There's lots to discover here, from contemporary art galleries to unique museums.
Getting around in Toulouse
Travelling around Toulouse is straightforward, thanks to its public transport system. The fastest way to get around is by metro, which features two lines, A and B. There are many stops throughout the city, so you can flit between attractions with ease.
Toulouse also has an efficient bus network with more than a hundred stops. Tickets are available at ticket offices, machines or the bus driver (make sure you have the exact change to avoid causing delays).
Alternatively, walking or cycling are eco-friendly ways to explore. Toulouse is a walkable destination with lots of hidden treasures to discover on foot. 300 km of cycle paths allow novice and experienced cyclists to travel safely on two wheels. More than 200 self-service bike stations are dotted across the city, making it easy to grab one and go.
Things to do in Toulouse
What is Toulouse famous for?
Toulouse is known for its architecture, museums and culinary culture. Walking the streets gives you a real sense of the city’s medieval history, while its restaurants are the perfect place for delicious French cuisine. Want to experience the culinary delights of Toulouse like a local? Try a Walking Food Tour to get the inside scoop from an expert guide and sample traditional delicacies that are sure to tantalise your taste buds!
Wondering what sights you should see in Toulouse? Your first port of call should be the Saint-Sernin Basilica, France’s largest Romanesque church and one of Toulouse’s defining landmarks. Highlights include the crypts, the church bells and the vaulted ceiling.
Church of the Jacobins
A 10-minute walk from the Saint-Sernin Basilica, the Church of the Jacobins is another of Toulouse’s highlights. Marvel at the intricate stained-glass windows, vaulted ceilings and impressive columns.
Attractions in Toulouse
Place du Capitole
Place du Capitole is Toulouse’s central square, home to the city hall (Capitole) and the Théâtre du Capitole. The open space is surrounded by magnificent architecture and hosts markets and cultural events throughout the year. It also features an Occitan cross, illustrating the 12 zodiac signs.
Musée des Augustins
Located in the city’s heart, this museum of fine arts has a fascinating range of paintings and sculptures, some dating back to the Middle Ages. Opened in 1795, the museum is home to over 4,000 pieces. The galleries are housed in a former Augustinian convent founded in 1286.
Don't just see the sights of Toulouse - learn about them! A guided walking tour is the perfect way to unlock hidden knowledge and provide valuable insight into this beautiful city's landmarks.
Places to eat and drink in Toulouse
Sixta is an organic restaurant in downtown Toulouse, offering a range of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Its dishes are based entirely on local, seasonal ingredients, and menus change every week. The restaurant also has a cosy tea room where visitors can enjoy tasty plant-based drinks.
Au Pois Gourmand
Au Pois Gourmand offers elegant dining in a beautiful 19th-century building. The restaurant’s menu is packed with flavourful French dishes, and its location next to the Garonne River makes for a picturesque dinnertime setting.
La Café Cerise
Located along the river, La Café Cerise is an ideal place to refuel. Start your day with a delicious breakfast of pancakes or toasted brioche. Or stop off for a coffee to recharge while exploring the city.
Where to stay in Toulouse
La Cour des Consuls Hôtel & Spa
La Cour des Consuls Hôtel & Spa is a luxury hotel in the city centre. The rooms are decorated to the highest standard, and there is an onsite spa and fine-dining restaurant. The hotel’s central location also puts visitors within walking distance of some of Toulouse’s best attractions.
B&B HOTEL Toulouse Centre Canal du Midi
This bed and breakfast hotel offers total comfort and is minutes from Toulouse’s central train station. Here, guests can enjoy an unlimited breakfast buffet with sweet and savoury options.