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Introduction

Toulouse

Toulouse

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Toulouse is a city in the southwest of France, located in the Midi-Pyrénées along the Garonne river. It is the fifth largest city in France, after Paris, Lille, Marseille and Nice and has roughly 1.1 million inhabitants.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max9.4 °C11.2 °C14 °C16.2 °C20.5 °C24.2 °C27.6 °C27.5 °C24.2 °C18.9 °C13 °C10.1 °C
Avg Min2.2 °C3.2 °C4.5 °C6.5 °C10.3 °C13.3 °C15.7 °C15.9 °C12.9 °C9.6 °C5.2 °C3.3 °C
Rainfall51.7 mm51.3 mm53.8 mm66.8 mm77.2 mm64.4 mm45.4 mm50.5 mm52.2 mm52.3 mm50.7 mm52.2 mm
Rain Days9.699.510.210.27.65.35.86.788.78.5

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Getting There

By Plane

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) is located about 6 kilometres from the city. About 30 airlines serve Toulouse directly, with destinations including Algiers, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Reunion, Lyon, Paris, Nice, Corsica, Lille, Marseille, Milan, Rome, Malta, Montreal, Geneva, London, Brussels, Madrid, Hamburg, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Belfast, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Marrakech, Munich and Tunis, among a few other places.

To/from the airport
Shuttle buses to Toulouse city centre take approximately 20 minutes to complete the trip and they stop en route at Compans Caffarelli and Jeanne d'Arc (both on Metro Line B), Jean Jaurès (Metro Line A and B) and at Toulouse-Matabiau railway station. Taxis cost approximately €22 to Toulouse city centre one-way. 2 daily coach services connect Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to Andorra as that country does not have a commercial airport.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Appart Hotel du ParcAllée de CharlaryHotel84
Arnaud Bernard Hotel33 rue de la Chaine Place des TiercerettesHotel81
Garden Hotel81 Boulevard KoenigsHotel85
Hôtel Alizé17 Rue BaquéHotel85
Hotel Chez Tony75 Rue De La GlaciereHotel83
Hotel des Ambassadeurs68, Rue BayardHotel82
Nouvel Horizon298 avenue de Grande BretagneApartment78
Hotel des Beaux Arts1 place du Pont NeufHotel-
Privilège Hotel MermozRue MatabiauHotel-
Hôtel Résidence Les Pins Galants Toulouse-Tournefe137 route de TarbesHotel-
Privilège Appart-hotel Saint-Exupery10 rue LafonHotel-
Kyriad Toulouse Centre5 Boulevard de la gareHotel-
La petite auberge de Saint-Sernin17 rue d EmbartheHOSTEL82
Residence les Ondes-Saint Lys1 Rue de ondes Route de ToulouseHotel-
Comfort Hotel Toulouse Sud5,avenue des Crêtes RN113Hotel85
Hotel Anatole France46 Place Anatole FranceHotel-
InToulouse1, impasse du professeur Nougayrol 31100 ToulouseHOSTEL83
Ad Cyber HotelAvenue de Saint-Caprais - 31240 L'UNIONHOTEL-
Villa Leopoldine29, rue Gambetta - 31330 GrenadeGUESTHOUSE-
La Villa Les Pins1660 Route de Bouloc D30 VacquiersGUESTHOUSE-
Maison d'hôte Anjali86 Grande rue St-MichelGUESTHOUSE-
Bastide de LassalleA Lassalle MontegutGUESTHOUSE-
Le Cousture Hotel40 Boulevard Lazare CarnotHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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