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Toulouse

Pont Neuf, Toulouse

Practical Info about Toulouse

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
WWII Victory Day 8 May 8 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Bastille Day 14 Jul 14 Jul
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Armistice Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day (Alsace) 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Dordogne experiences fairly mild winters and moderate summers, which can be long and very warm at times, making it the best time of year to visit Dordogne and Lot. Average summer daytime highs range from 77°F to 95°F (25°C to 35°C) with occasional storms and showers. Spring and autumn are mild with a higher chance of rain while in late spring heavy rainfall can occur. Winters are generally mild with short periods of cold weather and with frequent rain. The region experiences variations in weather depending on the local area, due to the variable landscape, and things like rainfall and temperature can vary from village to village, making conditions quite unpredictable. No matter what time of year you visit you will probably need a rain jacket. Summer is peak tourism season but many visitors find the off-season pleasant in Dordogne and Lot.

Toulouse Blagnac International Airport

www.toulouse.aeroport.fr

Getting to the city

Buses leave every 20 minutes for Toulouse from outside Arrivals.

Car rental

All major car rental companies are represented at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the terminal building.

Facilities

There are bars, shops and a restaurant in the terminal. Other facilities include banks, bureaux de change, Internet access, travel agencies and a business centre. Disabled facilities are good; passengers with special needs should contact their airline in advance.

Parking

Six car parks are available at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport. At least the first 15 minutes are free, thereafter rates range between about €5 for the first hour, to about €16.30 per day depending upon proximity to the terminal building.

Internet

Wifi is available; airport-related sites can be accessed freely but users wishing to browse other sites will be charged by the hour.