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One night in Toulouse as a jet lag stopover: Airport or Town?

One night in Toulouse as a jet lag stopover: Airport or Town?

Old Sep 16, 17, 8:47 am
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One night in Toulouse as a jet lag stopover: Airport or Town?

I am helping some friends put together a trip to Gascony late summer 2018. Their itinerary puts them after a long trans Atlantic flight in Toulouse for one night ( arriving mid day) before they pick up their rental car the next morning and start their sojourn south.

Should they stay at a hotel near the airport or go into town even though they probably will just sleep? Would a airport hotel be more convenient for the car pickup the next day? Hotel recommendations?

I don't know the layout of Toulouse at all so perhaps my question is silly......Thanks so much for any feedback.
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Old Sep 17, 17, 12:54 pm
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If they want to adjust to local time, the solution is certainly not to sleep the entire afternoon when they'll arrive. They should eventually take a 2hrs nap and that's it. Given this, they will be better downtown. And why not changing the rental location place for a downtown one ?
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Old Sep 18, 17, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by david55 View Post
I am helping some friends put together a trip to Gascony late summer 2018. Their itinerary puts them after a long trans Atlantic flight in Toulouse for one night ( arriving mid day) before they pick up their rental car the next morning and start their sojourn south.

Should they stay at a hotel near the airport or go into town even though they probably will just sleep? Would a airport hotel be more convenient for the car pickup the next day? Hotel recommendations?

I don't know the layout of Toulouse at all so perhaps my question is silly......Thanks so much for any feedback.
After a long haul flight, they may have felt sleeping because of jet lag. It would be great if they book a hotel in Toulouse city. It would take around 20 mins from the airport to city. This way, they can snap enough and explore the downtown.
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Old Sep 19, 17, 4:49 am
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Sleeping in the afternoon is a bad idea and risks ruining the trip

Staying in town with a full itinerary on the first afternoon is better
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Old Sep 20, 17, 6:55 am
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Toulouse is a nice city to just stroll around, even if you're not in the mood to do a lot of sightseeing. I would recommend them spend an afternoon/evening in the city centre. Toulouse has also an urban métro system.

They can take the express bus that stops right outside the aéroport exit, and takes you to the centre. Plenty of hotels near the Capitole and along/near Blvd de Strasbourg, and good eats. Hotel recommendations will depend on what range you're looking for but there are plenty of choices you can book closer in to the travel date. There are also a handful of car hire places in the city and at the Gare Matabiau.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 5:35 am
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Originally Posted by ajeleonard View Post
Sleeping in the afternoon is a bad idea and risks ruining the trip

Staying in town with a full itinerary on the first afternoon is better
I agree with your recommendations that 'Sleeping in the afternoon is a bad idea.'

Most of the time, one does long haul flight journey, one at least feels tired. When one in that situation, one can't enjoy the trip. So it is better to take some rest and enjoy the trip with fullest.
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