Connacht Rugby's Away Day Guide To Toulouse

20 November 2019

Connacht Rugby's Away Day Guide To Toulouse
This colourful French city is known as the pink city (La Ville Rose) and as one of the most attractive cities in France. Toulouse is the epitome of a rugby city and an atmosphere not to be missed if you want to catch an away game. It has something for everyone from nature to history and great food.
Where to stay?

Toulouse is a nice compact city and a walker’s paradise. The main hub of the city is around Place du Capitole. Just like Mont Pellier you can stay in some really quirky hotels with lots of history and interesting architecture.

If you wish to be close to the stadium the Ibis Toulouse and Hotel Alize is a 10-minute walk to Stade Ernest Wallon.
City to Stadium

The Metro goes from Jean Jaures station which brings you to Line B and then brings you North to Barriere de Paris station in 30 minutes. Here you can take a shuttle bus to the stadium which is 10 minutes away.

A taxi will take 20 minutes and should cost around €20. Ensure you mention Stade Ernest Wallon.

Tickets can be purchased from the Toulouse website HERE

Stade Ernest Wallon is a fully seated stadium. Tickets are price based on categories. Cat 1 and Cat 2 are usually the most expensive in the middle of the pitch and range to Cat 10 and Cat 11 at the goal ends.

The atmosphere in the stadium is incredible, there is a selection of food stalls and bars, and the pr- match entertainment promises to be exciting. You can download the stadium app for free and order food and beverages from your seat in the stadium.
Bars in the City

The Danu Bar: This famous bar is a must for any rugby fan in Toulouse, it promises lots of atmosphere and a good spot for a bite before setting off for the game. The walls of rugby memorabilia will keep you entertained.

The Melting Pot Bar: Another famous Irish bar that has a buzzing atmosphere and cheaper pints than the rest of the city.

Bar a La Une: If you are looking for a true Toulouse experience then look no further than this hidden bar. Here you will find some French cuisine and lots of delicious wines to taste.

Chez ta Mere: If it is live music you are after then you can be sure to find some local talented artists here that teamed with it’s artistic quirky décor you will be sure to enjoy your night.
Food in the City

Le Colombier: This family run favourite is away from the tourist traps you may find yourself in and the dishes are good value for money.

Xavier: The owner Francois Bourgon has been named the best fromagier in France. It offers all types of cheeses you could imagine and lots of wine to accompany.

Le Grenier de Pepe: Granpas attic is a place for some crepes, fondue and all the French delicacies you find yourself in search of. Most dishes are great value for money.

Toulouse has a network of bus, tram and metro lines. Free, electric shuttle buses circles the city centre six days a week. They are normally red and white and do not have set stops, that you can flag down.

· Couvent des Jacobins: A magnificent gothic monastery built in 1229

· Pont Neuf: A bridge over the Garonne river and perfect for a walk or a cycle

· Capitole de Toulouse: The main square in the city is surrounded by impressive buildings, great eateries and great for a walk around

· Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse: This beautiful Romanesque church is a must see on your visit to Toulouse.
Airbus Factory

Airbus and Aeroscopia Aeronautical Museum offers a chance for all plane buffs to visit the factory where they assemble the A380 the world’s largest passenger plane along with the famous Concorde, once the world’s fastest passenger jet