Travel Guide to Toulouse

Indian Embassy Near Toulouse

Embassy of India

13-15 rue Alfred Dehodencq

75016 - Paris, France

Contact Number: 00 33 1 40 50 70 70

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Toulouse

  • Original passports with 6 months validity from date of arrival in France along with the old passports
  • The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • Covering letter stating the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months

Time required: 10 - 15 working days

About Toulouse

Toulouse is the capital city of France’s southern Occitanie district and is located close to the Spanish border, at about a distance of 100 km. The Garonne River cuts through the town. Its culture is seemingly close to the Spanish style than the French.

Toulouse is popularly called- La Ville Rose- The Pink City since it has a vivid display of terra-cotta, red brick buildings. La Ville Rose appeals as an architectural exception lit up in reds, oranges and pinks. It is a visual delight, especially during the sunset over the Garonne river. The city has a 17th-century Canal du Midi which connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea. Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France, is popular as a city of rugby and violets and it spans over Paris because of its culture, geographical, history, and fashion diversity. Its borders maintain a regular supply of wine and cheese. Vieux Quartier (Old Quarter) has the colourful coral styled shopfronts and churches adding to the charm of places to visit in Toulouse.

Places to Visit in Toulouse

There are many famous places in Toulouse along with many things to do in Toulouse. The various Toulouse points of interest lie in its small centre or in the downtown areas, which can be trekked comfortably by foot.

Popular tourist places in Toulouse include its architecture jewels with a functional purpose.

Basilique Saint Sernin – It is a church which was constructed in the 11th century which has been partially restored now by a reputed French architect Viollet-le-Duc.

Hôtel d Assezat – It is an old mansion of the city, and presently it houses the artwork from Bemberg Foundation.

Capitole – It is the palatial town hall and theatre with a stunning façade.

Pont-Neuf – It is the only bridge topping the Garonne river. Built in the 15th century, it is a must visit tourist spot to enjoy the waterway pleasures of Toulouse.

Le Couvent Des Jacobins, Place Des Jacobins – It is a convent and a church built in the 13th century. The church interiors are beautifully decorated with paintings (preserved). It also contains Thomas Aquinas' relics. The most interesting part of the church interiors is an exclusive ‘palm tree’ shaped column. A hidden wooden door from the church leads you the convent made of red bricks and marble. Its beauty and trance will leave you impressed beyond the usual expression. The place makes for a perfect break from the bustling city centre life.

City Park – It is located ahead of the centre of the city at the Grand Rond.

Les Augustins – Earlier a monastery church, Les Augustins is now an art museum. The special retreat is the Les Abattoirs Modern Arts museum and a beautiful garden with a view of Garonne.

Georges Labit Museum Asian Arts and Egyptian Antiquities Museum – It is a refreshing and stunning Mediterranean garden built in 1893.

Canal du Midi – It is a 240-km long canal and a UNESCO World Heritage linking the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean. The best thing about this spot is that it is fully-developed with wide roads leaving enough space to walk or cycle around the banks.

Cité de L'espace – It is a prominent Toulouse attraction which is also known as the "space city". It is a scientific theme park which features replicas of spacecraft and focuses on the conquest of space.

How to Reach Toulouse

By Air: Blagnac Airport is the closest link between downtown Toulouse, at a distance of about 11 km, and from cities like Paris, Munich, London, and Frankfurt.

By Train: The national intercity train operator is SNCF in France, and it runs through Toulouse too.

By Bus: Toulouse has a good bus connectivity to and from Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Belgium.

By Road: Carpooling is a very affordable option to visit Toulouse and is cheap in comparison to trains, which is relatively expensive.

Travelling in Toulouse

Toulouse has a very dependable network of buses, trams and metro lines to navigate your way through the city. There is a free electric shuttle bus network which operated on all weekdays. This red and white fleet is called the Navette Centre Ville Gratuite.

The metro, in comparison, is small with only two lines connecting east to the west and other, linking north to the south. However, it is modern and convenient to use.

Downtown areas of Toulouse must be avoided by car as there are limited park spaces. Take the metro instead. Capitole Taxi is the only licensed taxi operator, and their service is slow.

Best Time to Visit Toulouse

September to November is the best time to visit Toulouse since it is autumn time here.

December to February is cold and an off-season time. It is an ideal time for people who wish to do Toulouse with less crowd.

March to May is the spring season, and the weather is more or less like it is from September to November- meaning it is pleasant.

June to August are typical summer months, and it is hot. However, it is still not so hot that you may need to necessarily avoid visiting Toulouse during this time. Outdoor activities are still enjoyable in this sort of Toulouse weather.

Events in Toulouse give you more reasons to plan a trip in the specified season. In February, the festival centred around to heighten the flowering season of a highly perfumed flower- La Violette de Toulouse - in the city. The next time you use a perfume product of Toulouse, remember its origin in the city of violets.

In March, a special display by the finest flamenco artists is on the show.

In May-June, there is Toulouse International Art Festival, a spring in September festival. The exhibition is held in the Garonne basin and further includes some iconic heritage locations in the city to showcase the festival. The event locations include Les Jacobins monastery complex, the Augustins Museum, the Toulouse Higher Institute of Arts and the Hôtel d’Assézat palace on the right bank of the river, and on the left bank, the Water Tower, the Hôtel-Dieu and Les Abattoirs with the Viguerie harbour and the adjoining public areas.

In June, the Rio Loco festival is conducted across the river shores and involves some open-air musical presentations along with exhibitions and tastings.

The Christmas market is organised at the famous Place du Capitole. There are gifts waiting to be picked. The list includes local woodcrafts to pottery, toys, jewellery, clothing and leather goods, etc. there are traditional grilled chestnuts and chalet bars for special mulled wines.

What to Pack?

When packing for Sumatra, you should keep these important things in your bag.

  • Carry a comfortable pair of sneakers or flipflops to walk the city
  • Keep the heels for evenings or in a visit to restaurants
  • Carry a few pairs of stylish shoes
  • If you want to blend in and feel at your most comfortable, then pack a smart casual dress
  • For evenings, the dress code is smart casual. Wear simple, elegant dresses and wear minimal jewellery, a scarf and minimal makeup to impress
  • Keep a soft coat to stay warm
  • Umbrella

Top Delicacies of Toulouse

Saucisse de Toulouse- It is a sausage with a loaded peppery taste and pink-coloured meat grilled over a wood fire.

Duck- It is a regional speciality which comes in a variety of forms of foie gras, confit, dried, and many more.

Cassoulet- It is a regional speciality, a stew dish made using white beans, saucisse de Toulouse, duck and local herbs.

Top Indian Restaurants in Toulouse

Le Rohtang Pass

  • Address: 1 B rue Jules Chalande, 31000, Toulouse, France
  • Contact Number: +33 5 61 23 77 34

Garam Masala

  • Address: 10 rue Maletache, 31000, Toulouse, France
  • Contact Number: +33 5 81 34 28 56

Yeti D'Himalaya

  • Address: 100027 21 rue de la Colombette, 31000, Toulouse, France
  • Contact Number: +33 5 61 62 80 22

Shopping List Essentials

  • Marche Victor Hugo, a typical European market gives you a huge variety of fine-quality products at a reasonable price
  • Flea Markets in Toulouse are an integral part of the local culture and the best way to shop for second-hand books, second-hand vinyl and CDs
  • Visit the organic farmers market around the St. Aubin Basilica to enjoy the special atmosphere
  • Visit the second-hand shops or "fripperies" in the Esquirol neighbourhood. It is the ancient textile production quarter of the city
  • Near the Capitole streets, there are many bookstores. The most famous of the lot is "Ombres Blanches". It has a huge variety of books in French and other languages. Other than that, it also has comics, thrillers, and cinema-focused books
  • To pick up souvenirs, check out the Toulouse Airbus and the Cité de l'Espace

Healthcare Centers

  • Hôpital de La Grave
  • Hospital Joseph Ducuing
  • Hospital-Children
  • Hospital Purpan
  • Hospital Larray

Currency

Euro is now the official currency in Toulouse, replacing the earlier used French Franc. There are 24-hour ATMs across the city centres. To exchange currency, visit the multiple exchange centres which have a bilingual staff to inform and guide you.

Basics of Local Communication

French is the official language spoken in Toulouse, with only a minority of them speaking Occitania. The recent change has been spoken English used by the locals to communicate with the tourists. It is still a very basic level of communication in English. The gold standard remains French, and therefore, it is important to get acquainted with simple phrases in-use during the trip and get easy-going on the place.

Good morning - Bonjour

My name is … - mon nom est

Where is...? - où se trouve

Yes - Oui

No - non

Please - S'il vous plaît

Sorry - Pardon

How much is this? - combien ça coûte

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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

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