It's not that bad, T2 -- from CDG to Toulouse would be about 8 hours.
That's a really long drive after an overnight flight, so isn't for wimps. If you can get a day's rest before you drive, it's better.
It's all interstate, so as stated above, there's not too much to look at -- but it's not a challenging drive by any stretch of the imagination.
the toll tickets used on the toll roads can, and will be used for catching speeders.
Thanks everyone for your quick and helpful responses. We've decided to buy a French flexi-rail pass and go to Toulouse from CDG. We land around 2:30PM at CDG, so we are thinking of getting on a train from the airport and reach Bordeaux that evening and spend a couple of days there sightseeing before going to Toulouse from Bordeaux by train. I understand there is a train station in CDG terminal and we should be able to get on a TGV to Bordeaux. Can anyone please confirm this or advise us? Grateful for all your help! Have a great weekend. T2
The train was a great choice. We payed a few extra bucks for first-class, but the second-class cars looked comfortable and well-appointed.
We didn't regret spending a few days in Bordeaux - though we thought we had made a big mistake when riding in the cab from the train station to our hotel. The driver must have picked the seediest street in the whole city. Once we got into town and walked along the river, through the old city, and so forth, we were completely charmed. We also took one of those tour bus day trips to St. Emilion, and it proved to be a fun excursion. The tourist office in Bordeaux is really helpful.
Toulouse was interesting - I didn't have as much time to explore as I had business there. It looks like good day trips are available. For us, Toulouse lacked the sophistication of Paris and the charm of Bordeaux, but if you are young Toulouse is full of students and evening action. Incidentally, we were really happy with the Hotel Albert 1er at 8 rue Rivals. Close to the action, great staff, and reasonable.
Do take the train - managing a rental car would have been a big pain in any of the three cities. Bordeaux especially - the center city blocks access for cars.
Thanks for all your helpful comments. We plan to spend 3 nights in Bordeaux, after we get there by TGV from De Gaulle airport late at night. We've booked at the Hotel Stars Bordeaux Gare for 1 night for now which is just across the train station. Does anyone have any comments on this hotel? We booked it more for convenience and a good rate. Any other hotel suggestion in Bordeaux?
Boy, I don't know, that hotel is not what I would describe as a good location. On Google maps it looks to be either on the seediest street in Bordeaux or one block over. If your budget can bear it, I'd look for lodging closer to the old city. Check out the Hotel de France on Trip Advisor - it's cheap, and certainly in a better location.