Transportation in Toulouse
The principal form of transport for locals is the bus. A comprehensive bus network operates more than 80 routes throughout the city, including within the Old Town, and across to the Left Bank.
Almost everything worth seeing in Toulouse is within the Old Town, which is small enough to explore easily on foot, and where it is a pleasure to stroll among the charming lanes and squares and pedestrianised main shopping streets thronging with shoppers.
Taxis may be hailed but are usually picked up at cab ranks throughout central Toulouse at places such as Place du Capitole. Alternatively, call for a taxi, day or night, from firms such as Capitole Taxi (tel. 05 34 250 250, http://www.capitole-taxi.com). Fares (no tip required) vary according to distance and time.
The city has two metro lines linking the suburbs to the centre. Line A runs roughly northeast-southwest and Line B northeast-southwest. They intersect at Jean-Jaurès station, in the centre. Fast and inexpensive, they can be useful for getting from the Old Town to the Left Bank or east Toulouse.
Rent your car
Roads radiate from the heart of Toulouse and connect with the A620 outer ring road and other major routes. There are several city centre car parks but you can park for free at underground station car parks; you just need to validate a bus or metro ticket within 60 minutes.
The relatively expensive ordinary single tickets are valid for one hour on the buses or metro. In addition, there are useful discount tickets, including the Pass Journée (valid for a full day).