Buses to and from Toulon Airport (TLN)
Toulon Airport is a well established facility on France’s southern coastline, and it serves the city of Toulon and the surrounding towns in the Var department. The airport is also part of the famous PACA region (Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur), and plays a vital role in tourism for the area. It is identified by the official code of TLN, and is otherwise known as the Toulon-Hyères, or as the Hyères Le Palyvestre. By bus is a good way of travelling from the airport to several locations nearby, and passengers will find the buses to be comfortable and convenient.
The terminal building of Toulon Airport is divided into an arrival area and facilities for departing passengers, and is equipped with shops and restaurants, a tourist information counter, ATMs, self-service Air France kiosks, WiFi connections, a VIP lounge and meeting room, and lost luggage services. The arrival hall is nearby the exit of the terminal, from where transport options are available. Although there are taxis at the airport, many passengers travel on the Toulon buses, and find their services to be cost efficient and convenient. A taxi will generally be more expensive than the bus services, but if you would like to arrive at the doorstep of your destination, a taxi may be better option. There are also car hire companies at the airport. For passengers who decide to travel by bus, the following information is applicable.
The Mistral Bus Network provides buses for travel to and from Toulon Airport. The bus lines 102 and 63 are a regular shuttle services which take passengers from the airport to the bus stations in Hyères and Toulon. Hyères is just 3km from the airport, and is therefore a ten minute journey, whilst Toulon is located approximately 23km from the airport, and is a twenty minute journey by bus. A single bus trip to Hyères or Toulon will cost just 1.40 Euro, and bus tickets can usually be purchased from the bus driver. There may be counters within the terminal that sells bus tickets as well.
The airport bus stop is found just outside the arrival area, and a second bus stop is positioned on the D42 road used to access the airport. In the baggage reclaim area, there is a map that shows the location of the bus stops, as well as a map for the bus routes in operation.
The Varlib coach service is another option for bus transport from the airport, and it travels to the popular resort of Saint-Tropez. Saint-Tropez is a little over fifty kilometres away, and a journey there by bus will take approximately forty-five minutes. The journey will cost just 2.00 Euro, as it is part of a bus network that serves the entire Var department for a single rate regardless of your destination. There are four main coach stations in the Var, and they are found at Toulon, Draguignan, Saint-Raphael and in Saint-Tropez. The bus station in Toulon is a hotspot for transportation, and is located next to the city’s railway station as well. It is found on Tesse Boulevard, and is open from Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 19:00, and on Sundays from 08:00 to 19:00. Facilities at the station include five ticket stations, a waiting room and various distributors selling food, drinks and other items. From the Toulon bus station, passengers can travel to twelve communes on the Mistral bus network, some of which include Carqueiranne, La Crau, La Garde, Ollioules, Six-Fours-the-Beaches in Seyne-sur-Mer, Hyères les Palmiers and La Valette-du-Var. Across the network there are over 1,800 bus stops and over 600 bus shelters. There are over 250 buses in service on the network that serve more than 427,000 inhabitants.
The bus station in Saint Raphael is located just five minutes from the train station, from where high-speed TGV services can be used. This station is open from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:45, Mondays to Saturdays. The Saint-Tropez bus station is found at the entrance of the parking lot of Port Avenue Charles De Gaulle, and is open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 12:30, and from 13:30 to 19:00.
Passengers who plan to use the bus services of the Var department more frequently can purchase booklets of ten tickets, rather than a single ticket each time a journey is required. The booklets work out slightly cheaper than the single tickets. Subscriptions for longer periods may also be available. Remember to always validate your tickets upon boarding of the bus, in order to avoid possible fines.
The Toulon Buses are equipped with lower floors for the accessibility of passengers with reduced mobility challenges, and from the city, special bus services are provided. Recently, fifteen new PRM minibuses were brought into service, and offer a convenient way for many to travel the city and areas nearby.
Further details regarding the Toulon buses can be found online at the following two websites - http://www.reseaumistral.com and http://www.varlib.fr - or the airport can be contacted at +33(0)825 01 83 87.