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How to Spend 2 Days in Toulouse

How to Spend 2 Days in Toulouse

With two days in Toulouse, you’ll have enough time to sample local culture and discover the city’s atmospheric neighborhoods and museums. Plan ahead to maximize your time, look for tours that visit multiple attractions, and invest in a 24- or 48-hour Toulouse Pass to save on admission fees. Here’s how to spend two days in Toulouse.

Day 1: Explore the Ville Rose

Morning: A hop-on-hop-off-bus tour is a convenient way to take in all the main sights of the Pink City (Ville Rose). Jump off to admire the historic landmarks of Place du Capitole, see the magnificent Basilica of Saint Sernin, or enjoy a walking tour of the Left Bank, home to the Hospital des Graves and the Raymond VI Gardens.

Afternoon: This afternoon, sample regional delicacies such as Toulouse sausage and violet jam at the Victor Hugo Market, Toulouse’s main market hall, then head to the Galeries Lafayette department store nearby to enjoy the views from its top-floor observation deck—arguably the best in the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Saint-Étienne and Les Carmes, where you can browse antique shops and boutiques or enjoy a coffee at one of the terrace cafés.

Night: Take to the water this evening with a scenic dinner cruise along the Garonne River, passing landmarks including the New Bridge (Pont Neuf) and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Daurade. For a comprehensive tour, choose a cruise that also explores part of the Midi Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Family-Friendly and Cultural Toulouse

Morning: Dedicate this morning to exploring Space City (Cité de l'Espace), one of Toulouse’s most visited attractions. Book skip-the-line tickets to experience highlights including a life-size replica of the Ariane 5 rocket, a moonwalk simulator, and a re-creation of an International Space Station.

Afternoon: This afternoon, head to the Natural History Museum, another fun destination for families that’s right next door to the botanical garden (Jardin des Plantes). Alternatively, art lovers should check out the Augustinian Museum (Musée des Augustins), the Fondation Bemberg, and Les Abattoirs (Toulouse’s modern-art museum, housed in a former slaughterhouse). Safe money with a Toulouse Pass if you’re planning to visit a number of museums.

Night: Tuck into a bowl of hearty cassoulet at one of the city’s top restaurants, then top off your visit at the wine bar of your choice—the N°5 Wine Bar is among the most renowned—or sample the nightclubs along Jean-Jaurès to experience Toulouse nightlife.

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Toulouse Tourism Pass City Card

Toulouse Tourism Pass City Card

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Maximize your time in Toulouse with a great-value 24-, 48- or 72-hour Toulouse Card. Enjoy free entrance to museums and monuments including the Château d'Eau, Musée des Augustins, and Couvent des Jacobins; up to 20% discount on Garonne River cruises, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and Segway tours; unlimited use of public transport, including airport shuttle buses; plus special offers at many of the city’s shops and shows.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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$20.68
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Toulouse Sightseeing Bus Tour

Toulouse Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Get to know Toulouse on an open-top hop-on hop-off tour. Great for visitors who want to see the city in a flexible way, at their own pace. Choose your departure time, and then stay on the bus for the full 70 minutes or customize the tour spending longer at sights that catch your interest. The audio tour is offered in eight languages and includes all major Toulouse sights.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Carcassonne Half DayTour from Toulouse

Carcassonne Half DayTour from Toulouse

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Explore Carcassonne on a two-hour walking tour. Leave the logistics hassle of driving to your driver, and delve into the city’s rich history on your guided tour starting with the medieval castle walls surrounding the old city. Learn about centuries of bloody history and battles for territory, and marvel at the long history of the Canal du Midi, a link to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean excavated in the 17th century. This tour is ideal for history buffs or anyone wanting to learn more about France's varied past.
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  • 2 hours
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Toulouse Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Toulouse Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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Toulouse E Bike Tour

Toulouse E Bike Tour

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high-end electric bike with a guide. Get a thorough safety briefing and then set off to see the sights. Pedal through the St. Etienne neighborhood and see the Cathedral then ride along the Canal de Brienne, where you take in river views, and get to know some local secrets down hidden alleyways.
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  • 3 hours
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