Toulouse is in the south of France in the Pyrenees. The city with its long history, its numerous parks and sights exudes a lot of "joie de vivre". It is also called the pink city - an allusion to the colouring of many historical buildings in the old town. The nearest international airport is Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS). Here you can rent a car from a local or international car rental company. It is best to rent a rental car via the Internet and pick it up directly at the airport before you arrive. From the pick-up station it is less than 10 km to Toulouse.
With the rental car of the car rental company you can explore the charming city as you like. The city area is extensive - about half a million people live in the core city alone. A stroll through the old town is a pleasure for everyone who is interested in history and art. The Dominican Monastery of Les Jacobins and the Basilica of St. Sernin de Toulouse are among the most beautiful sacral buildings. Interesting art museums include the Musée des Abattoirs, the Musée des Augustins and the Musée Georges Labit. Of course, a visit to the impressive Place du Capitole is part of the city tour.
In Toulouse you can relax and enjoy. There are numerous green areas and parks in the city area. A walk along the banks of the Garonne, the Canal du Midi or the Jardin Japonais makes you forget the stress of everyday life. With the rental car you arrive comfortably at your destination. Car parking is available almost everywhere. For gourmets, a visit to the Marché Victor Hugo is worthwhile. In the huge market hall, a wealth of French specialities are offered cheap and fresh. Above the market you will also find good French restaurants.
The beautiful city in the Pyrenees is not only historically interesting. This modern metropolis is regarded as a European centre for aerospace technology. The Cité de l'espace theme park offers fascinating insights into space research. It is located in the southeast of Toulouse on the south side of the Parc de la Grande Pleine. You can park your car comfortably in one of the numerous visitor parking lots.
It is often cheap to have a look at the offers of the car rental and to book online before the trip. This gives you enough time to check the conditions carefully, especially when you take out insurance. During your journey through France you must have sufficient insurance cover for your rental vehicle. Also pay attention to the contractual clauses that regulate your duties as driver and contractual partner, so that the insurance pays in the event of damage.
Fully comprehensive insurance coverage for the rental car offers comprehensive protection. There are two variants: with and without a deductible. Fully comprehensive insurance without excess pays off in many cases in the event of damage. There are no further costs for you to settle the claim and you will receive the full deposit back from the car rental company.
Before you can drive the car of your choice, you must leave a deposit as security. This minimizes the risk of unexpected costs in connection with the contract. In most cases, the deposit is provided automatically via the contractual partner's credit card. The amount of the deposit can vary greatly. Some decisive factors are region, selected car type and supplier.
If you want to visit Toulouse with your partner, family or friends, you can register a second driver with the car rental company. The same conditions apply to this as to the main driver. Registration is important. Because in the event of damage to the car, insurance cover generally only applies to registered drivers. Registration is usually still possible at the car rental pick-up point at the airport.
If you plan to travel further through France after visiting Toulouse, you should check if your car rental company offers a one-way rental. If that is the case, you do not have to return your rental vehicle to the original station at the airport. Usually there is an additional fee for renting a one-way rental.
The speed limits in France are 50 km/h within towns, between 90 km/h and 110 km/h outside and 130 km/h on motorways. A blood alcohol limit of 0.5 is set for drivers. Since 2012, drivers must carry a breathalyzer with them. This also applies to rental cars. All occupants must fasten their seat belts. Mobile phone calls are not permitted. When parking in the villages, it is important to mark the kerbstone. A yellow marking means an absolute parking prohibition. Blue markings require a parking disc or a parking ticket.