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It may be the gateway to the Pyrenees mountains, but book a cheap flight to Toulouse and there’s plenty to keep you from going any further.
Situated between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the old capital of Languedoc is now France’s fourth largest city, and ‘la ville en rose’ (the pink city) has plenty to keep you buzzing around its colourful centre.
Toulouse’s hottest months fall between June and August, and this is when demand for flights – and the price of your air fare – escalates.
Between November and March the cooler weather and rains make visits less popular. As a result, the fares tend to be much cheaper and, as long as your plans are a city break rather than an outdoor walking holiday, there are many bargain flights available.
For the best combination of good weather and lower-priced flights the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are ideal. You’ll find plenty of sun, little rain and airline seats available for a much lower price than during the summer months.
While it’s true that those who book early have the best chance of securing a bargain deal on their flights to Toulouse, there are ways you can search for your flight with Expedia that will greatly increase your chances of finding a lower air fare whenever you are booking.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Toulouse are:
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is located just over four miles northwest of the city.
Jumping in a taxi is the fastest way to get from door to door -the trip will take about 20 minutes and should cost little more than €20.
If you are thinking of exploring the region around Toulouse another option is to hire a car from the airport and drive yourself the short distance into the city.
There is a coach shuttle service available at €8 for each person and, slightly slower but much cheaper, the local bus and tram tickets cost less than €2 for each trip.
Airlines offering direct flights to Toulouse from the UK include:
Toulouse’s excellent public transport network offers you a choice of buses, trams, trains and metro for getting around quickly and cheaply.
The pink city of Toulouse is named after the coloured bricks used to build much of its urban landscape. Make sure to head for its centre, where the Neoclassical Capitole de Toulouse is atmospherically lit up by lightbulbs after sundown.
Explore the Jardin des Plantes, where you can wander through the National Museum of Natural History’s collection of tropical plants, manicured flora, Alpine gardens, wild roses and botanical displays.
The Canal du Midi provides the perfect spot for a picnic amid what is a remarkable feat of engineering. Between 1667 and 1694, Pierre-Paul Riquet designed a network of waterways that seamlessly blend in with the urban surrounds. This intricate structure of locks, aqueducts, bridges, and tunnels connects the Mediterranean to the Atlanti.
Note that many skiers heading for Andorra will be arranging car hire from the airport in the winter months, so be sure to book ahead if travelling at Toulouse Airport, so book well ahead of your travel in winter.
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