Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In

Tips for Expats Driving in Toulouse

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Toulouse.
|-Tips for Expats Driving in Toulouse

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Toulouse, like many other French cities, can be a bit challenging for newcomers. The city is known for its narrow streets, heavy traffic, and aggressive drivers. It’s important to be patient, alert, and defensive while driving. Also, be aware that the French drive on the right-hand side of the road.

2. Car Recommendation

Considering the narrow streets and limited parking spaces in Toulouse, it’s advisable to opt for a smaller car. Compact cars are easier to maneuver and park. Also, consider choosing a car with a good fuel economy as petrol prices in France can be high.

3. Parking in Toulouse

Finding a parking spot in Toulouse can be difficult, especially in the city center. There are paid parking lots and garages available, but they can be quite expensive. Some residential areas offer free parking, but spaces are limited. It’s advisable to use public transportation or walk when possible.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in France with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to one year. After that, you will need to obtain a French driving license. Note that not all countries’ licenses are exchangeable, so it’s important to check the specific rules for your home country.

5. Obtaining a French Driving License

If you need to get a French driving license, the process involves passing a written test (code de la route) and a practical driving test. The written test can be taken in English, but the practical test is usually in French. It’s advisable to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with French driving rules and practices. You can apply for a French driving license at the local prefecture.

6. Familiarize Yourself with French Road Signs

French road signs can be quite different from those in other countries. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these signs before you start driving. There are many resources online where you can learn about French road signs.

7. Be Aware of Speed Limits

Speed limits in France are strictly enforced, and there are many speed cameras on the roads. The standard speed limits are 50km/h in urban areas, 80km/h on open roads, and 130km/h on motorways (110km/h in rain). However, these can vary, so always pay attention to road signs.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

Additional Information:

International Citizens Insurance

International Citizens Insurance
Get comparison quotes from our broker partner for Cigna, Allianz, IMG, GeoBlue and more.

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal

LoginJoinPlease Login to Continue. New? Join today (it's free).
Since 1997, we've supported millions of people as they explore the world and share the adventures and challenges of living abroad.