Getting to Toulon Airport
Toulon is one of France’s medium-sized airports, currently serving around 550,000 passengers every year, but it has the capacity for up to 1.5 million passengers per annum. It has a terminal building that is well equipped with facilities, and is served by several important airline companies, for example, Air France, Ryanair, Jetairfly and Transavia.com. A variety of destinations are available, both local and international. Toulon Airport directions are simple to follow, and a few transport options are available in order to reach a departure flight.
The airport has a couple of names, mainly in relation to its location. It is known as the Toulon-Hyères, as it is only three kilometres from the town of Hyères, and also as the Hyères Le Palyvestre. Sometimes it is even referred to as the Toulon-Saint Tropez, due to its close proximity to the popular resort of Saint Tropez. The airport’s official IATA code is TLN. Toulon Airport is found in southern France, right alongside the Mediterranean Sea, and is in the Var department of the Country, which is also part of the famous PACA Region (Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur). This region is one of the most visited in France. The city is located approximately 23km to the west of the airport, with the areas of Le Pradet and Carqueiranne in between. La Garde is found just to the east of Toulon, and to the west are La Seyne-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Sanary-sur-Mer and Bandol.
Toulon is particularly nearby the smaller areas of Macany, Notre-Dame de Lorette, Les Fontétes and Le Ceinturon, and on a larger scale, is to the south-east of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, to the far south of Grenoble and just south of Brignoles and Cuers, and is to the south-west of Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Fréjus. The only area south of the airport is Presqu’île de Giens, which is a peninsula of the Hyères commune. It used be an island, but over time the phenomenon of tombolo took over, and a line of sand and pebbles linked it to the mainland. The major roads in the vicinity of Toulon include the A570, the A50, the A57 and the A8, while the D197 and the D42 are the closer access roads of the airport.
Directions from Toulon and areas further to the west
There are two possible routes for motorists driving from Toulon. The one follows the main autoroutes of the area, and the other passes Le Pradet. On the main roads, follow the A57 and turn east onto the A570, travelling towards Hyères. Nearby Hyères you will turn off onto the N98, and then head south on the D197. At the coast, turn onto the D42, known as the Boulevard de la Marine, and continue to the airport terminal. The route to the airport is well signposted, with aeroplane logos. The drive from Toulon will take about twenty minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Alternatively, take the D559 which passes Le Pradet and Carqueiranne and runs along the coast. It joins the D42 and heads for the airport.
From Marseille further west of the airport, the A50 is the major road to use, and the journey will take about an hour. It passes Aubagne, as well as La Ciotat, Saint-Cyre-sur-Mer, Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer and La Seyne-sur-Mer before reaching Toulon. Change over to the A57 and follow the above mentioned directions to the airport.
Directions from the north
From Le Luc, the A57 south takes motorists towards Cuers and La Garde, and from here, the A570 heads towards Hyères. Areas along the way include Gonfaron, Pignans, Camoules, Puget-Ville and La Crau. From Brignoles, the A8 leads to Le Luc. The A8 towards Le Luc can also be taken from Aix-en-Provence, passing Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, or the A501 towards Aubagne could be another option.
Directions from the east
Nice is about an hour and a half from the airport, and the A8 is the easiest route to follow. The A8 passes the areas of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Antibes, Cannes, Fréjus and Saint-Raphael. Once reaching Le Luc, turn south on the A57 and head towards Hyères. About 52km from away is Saint-Tropez, and from here, the D98 past Cogolin is the easiest route to follow. The D93 and D559 could also be taken as a more coastal route. The drive from Saint-Tropez to the airport will take about forty-five minutes.
The airport has a good parking area with a thousand spaces for private vehicles. There are short-stay areas and long-stay car parks available. Although the terminal building is not very large, it is best to arrive early, and check-in for your flight in good time. Inside the terminal there are a couple of shops, namely, The Relay-Press, Provence-Souvenirs and a duty-free store. There is also a snack bar and other places offering varying menus. Additional facilities include a meeting room and VIP lounge, WiFi connections, cash machines, lost luggage services, general information counters and a tourism information centre. The entire terminal has been built with the needs of disabled passengers in mind, and there are suitable facilities for their comfort as well.
If you would rather not drive your car to the airport, Toulon airport buses travel from the bus stations in Hyères and Toulon, and coach services are available from Saint-Tropez. Taxis provide transport from all areas. The airport has no railway station of its own, but the train stations of Toulon and Hyères are linked to the airport by bus and taxi.
Toulon directions in further detail can be found online, at https://maps.google.com, or the airport can be contacted for more information.