Moving to Toulouse

Are you considering moving to Toulouse?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Toulouse depends on several factors: the nature, volume, and the weight, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Toulouse made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Toulouse. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Toulouse or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Toulouse

City council

The website of the city of Toulouse contains essential practical and administrative information and offers a guide that you can download or browse online for newcomers. You will be able to find all the useful information for your administrative procedures, enrollment in schools, health needs …

In addition, the site of the metropolis is a mine of information, as is the Toulouscope.

Public transport

Toulouse offers a complete transport system including bus, metro, and tram. The network of the metropolis is grouped under the Tisseo brand and covers the city of Toulouse as well as local authorities. Several tariffs are available, from the day ticket to the subscriptions, and you can opt for a card or for direct management on your smartphone. The city also offers a 24-hour bike rental system, Vélo Toulouse and a self-service vehicle sharing network, Citiz.


A renowned student city, Toulouse is home to several universities: Capitole (law), Jean Jaurès (arts, literature, languages ​​and social sciences) and Paul Sabatier (sciences). There is also the film school, ENSAV, engineering schools such as ENSEEIHT, one of the 6 schools of the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, or business and management like Toulouse Business School or Sciences Po Toulouse, and of course the Supaero aeronautical engineering school.
 And for lots of tips and ideas for outings, from student to student, have a look at the brand new le Petit Tou.

Moving to Toulouse at a glance

  • Toulouse is the capital of the Occitanie region, the Haute-Garonne department, and the fourth largest city in France.
  • Toulouse is crossed by the Garonne but also by the Canal du Midi, one of the oldest canals in Europe, inscribed on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
  • In 2017, Toulouse hosted the 30th Congress of Astronauts, 100 astronauts from around the world at the Cité de l’Espace!
  • Chocolatine or pain au chocolat? in Toulouse, no doubt, chocolatine! and it was here that the first world cup of chocolatine was held in May 2019!
  • The “Ville Rose” (Pink City) is so named because of the pink terracotta bricks that adorn most of its historic buildings.
  • Toulouse knew its “golden age” in the 15th century, thanks to the pastel trade, which earned it the nickname “pays de cocagne” (a land of plenty). The pastel plant, prolific in the lands of Lauragais, whose leaves were crushed and fermented to give the famous blue dye that had become a huge success in Europe.
  • Soon there will be “Ramblas” in Toulouse, just like in Barcelona, ​​with a large project underway on the allée Jean Jaurès.
  • The Capitol is the emblematic building of the Ville Rose: standing in front of the place du Capitol since the 18th century, it houses both the City Hall and the Capitol Theatre.
  • In the 1920s, Toulouse is the city of aviation pioneers, under the impetus of Pierre-Georges Latécoère, which establishes links with Casablanca and Dakar. In 1927, Aéropostale was created, with figures such as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Jean Mermoz at the Montaudran site.

A major aviation and aerospace centre in France, Toulouse is the largest European centre for the construction of aerospace infrastructures and is home to the Airbus headquarters and the National Center for Space Studies (CNES).

The astronaut Thomas Pesquet has also studied at the aeronautical engineering school of Toulouse. The cité de l’espace reveals the mysteries of the universe and the history of the conquest of space.

The most recent aeroscopia museum is devoted to aviation and more specifically to the history of the Concorde; and to relive the adventure of the first airmail service, go to the historic site, Montaudran, Envol des pionniers.

To enjoy the Ville Rose to the fullest, you must walk from the banks of the Garonne to the Capitol. The historic halls of the Capitol are open to the public, a visit not to be missed! Otherwise, among the essentials, the Basilica of Saint Sernin, largest Romanesque building in Europe, the church of Taur, the hotel Assézat and its capitular tower, St Etienne and the district of antique shops, with its mansions and toward the Carmes, the recently renovated Salin square.

One of the particularities of the city, the capitular towers have dominated the roofs of Toulouse since the Middle Ages. They owe their name to the Capitouls, the rich magistrates who ruled the city at that time. Symbol of wealth and social success, they surmounted the mansions of wealthy pastel merchants in the 15th century. If you look up, you may see over a hundred overlooking the rooftops of Toulouse.

For shopping, the pedestrian streets of the city centre offer a choice of small, original shops. For Toulouse gifts, les trésors de Violette, rue de la pomme, and Graine de Pastel for products based on the famous pastel plant; rue Peyrolieres Mademoiselle Nuage‘s boutique offers pretty designer jewellery, and the Rainbow Factory is the little nugget for trendy leather goods; next to the bookstore, go to the ombres blanches, finally for gifts and men care products, take a trip to trendy Tonsor & Cie. and do not forget to go to the basement to see the army of barbers busy!

There are also all major retailers and a 1200-space car park at Espace Saint Georges. For market enthusiasts, the Saint Aubin market and its organic producers, or the one Place du Capitole, the covered markets of the Carmes, Saint Cyprien or Victor Hugo and its nocturnes where you can eat on the spot.

On the museum front, for the fine arts, direction Cloitre des Jacobins and the musée des Augustins, one of the first museums of France, for collections of Modern Art, go to the beautiful musée des abattoirs on the docks and for the oriental arts, the musée Georges Labit. We can also go to the Quai des Savoirs, defined as a reservoir of multifaceted activity, which unveils the latest technological advances and explains the trades of the industry.

And to learn more about the city, the Musée du Vieux Toulouse and guided tours of the city will allow you to discover the monuments and mansions from the inside

Toulouse is a lively student city and its proximity to Spain adds to its festive side.

  • For a drink, the Caribe in the new pedestrian zone offers excellent caipirinhas and a Brazilian atmosphere in the evening, and you can buy some cold meats bought at J’Go next door to have with your drink. The glouglou, rue Bayard, The Fat Cat rue Remusat or l’Apothicaire, rue Gabriel Péri are also good choices for famous cocktails in an original and warm setting. For a beer, go to one of the pubs, The four Monkeys rue de Metz or George and Dragon, place du Peyrou and for a glass of wine with oysters, the Cabane.
  • To continue the evening and enjoy the most beautiful view of Toulouse, Ma biche sur le toit, on the roof of Galeries Lafayette with a beautiful cocktail menu, a beautiful terrace and a guaranteed atmosphere!
  • The rue des Paradoux with its bars is very lively and festive at night, there is, for example, the Borriquito Loco and its Barcelona atmosphere. You can also choose Gogo Flamingo or Tantina des Burgos to eat, drink and even dance!
  • The Théâtre du Capitole hosts magnificent Ballets and Operas, and the théâtre de la cité, the National Theatre of Toulouse, offers more or less avant-garde pieces. For classical music, go to the Auditorium Saint-Pierre des Cuisines, or its Halle aux Grains, considered one of the highest-rated musical places in Europe. For scenes a little more modern, l’Usine and its experimental side, la comédie for comic scenes and improvisation, the 3T for a café-théâtre evening and the Zenith for concerts and shows.
  • The Rio Loco festival, held in mid-June and inviting the Indian Ocean islands, is a must-see event, as is the Piano Jacobins Festival, which brings together great classical and jazz pianists each year in September, in the legendary Cloitre des Jacobins. Other highlights include the Siestes électroniques dance festival in June and the summer music festival.
  • Fans of sports are not left out, with the marathon of Toulouse in autumn, the rugby matches to support the legendary team at Stade Toulousain‘s Ernest Vallon stadium, or football with the TFC

Toulouse is a particularly nice city when you want to go out with your family. Among the possibilities, the youngest will enjoy a walk on the banks of the Garonne, with beautiful playgrounds quai de la Daurade and on the other side, crossing the Pont Neuf, the Raymond VI garden and the musée des abattoirs and its workshops for children.

You can also opt for a stroll along the Canal du Midi, on foot, by bike or on a barge. If you like your gardens, the Japanese garden of Compans, the jardin des plantes and the Muséum d’histoire naturelle or the Royal Garden and the jardin du Grand Rond.

A visit to the halle de la machine in Montaudran, with its giant urban machines like the minotaur and the spider, is the new destination not to be missed.

Finally, Sunday morning concerts for children at the Halle aux grains, and for young parents, several cinemas offer sessions with baby, like the American Cosmograph or the Utopia.

Useful information for
Moving to Toulouse

The pink city does not lack assets, between its student life and its cultural life. Its proximity to the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, and Spain, means you can be at the seaside or enjoy skiing in the mountain in 2h00 by car. It is also close to must-see sites such as Carcassonne or Albi, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the Mediterranean climate is particularly pleasant and sunny.

As in any big city, the distances can be important and traffic can be complex; hence the necessity to choose well where you want to live according to your lifestyle and your commuting needs.

Toulouse is divided into six sectors and seventeen major districts, each with its own characteristics, from the historic downtown neighbourhoods to the outskirts and its village-like neighbourhoods.

Saint Pierre or Jean Jaurès districts, close to cinemas and bars are very festive and firm favourites for students

On the banks of the Garonne, the district of La Daurade is very pleasant and lined with greenery, like that of the Carmes, very quiet although in the city centre, near the halles for the weekend market.

Situated near the very residential area of ​​the Jardin des Plantes, Le Busca can benefit from large parks and is full of beautiful houses and mansions.

Saint-Michel district located south of the city center between the Carmes and Busca, is residential, popular and lively. This rather recent district, mixing old and new, is more and more sought after.

Saint-Georges, is trendy and allows you to benefit from a central location and downtown shops. On the other side of the Garonne, the Saint-Cyprien district is also very pleasant, with games for children, parks, and bars.

Worth mentioning. the Esquirol district, between the Garonne and the Capitol or that of Place Dupuy / François Verdier, pleasant with the St Aubin market and the halle aux grains. Behind Matabiau station, the Bonnefoy district is a lively and culturally rich neighbourhood.

You will find more complete information on each district on the city’s website. Welcome to Toulouse!