Toulon Airport Trains (TLN)
Toulon Airport is found in southern France, and is an airport serving the city of Toulon and all surrounding areas in the Var department of the country. Quite commonly it is referred to as the Toulon-Hyères, because it is located only 3km from the town of Hyères, or as the Hyères Le Palyvestre. The airport has been allocated the official IATA code of TLN. It is an important gateway for tourists, since that many lovely beaches are found nearby, and it is also nearby to the resort of Saint-Tropez. Although there are is no airport train station, there are buses for connections into the nearby towns and cities, and in Toulon there is a train station available.
The airport has a terminal building which is capable of handling up to 1.5 million passengers per annum, and it is well equipped to meet the needs of its passengers. The arrival area is found on the ground floor, and passengers will simply walk the short distance from the airplane to the terminal, while departure facilities are found in a different area of the terminal. For transport from the airport, passengers have a choice of buses or taxis, as there is no Toulon Airport train station. Most smaller French airports do not offer direct railway connections, however, there are often bus connections to the train stations in the nearby cities. At the airport, which currently handles around 550,000 passengers per year, there are a few regular bus services which take passengers to the bus station in Toulon, which is also the location of the Toulon Train Station.
The Line 102 bus operated by the company ‘Sodetray-Reseau Mistral’ provides transport for passengers to the Toulon bus station. Toulon is approximately 23km from the airport, and therefore, the journey by bus will take around twenty minutes. A single bus ticket will cost 1.40 Euro, and they can be purchased from the driver. The Toulon bus station is a hub for transport, where passengers can continue their journey by bus, or cross over to the main train station of the city, and travel by rail to their next destination. The train station of Toulon can also be reached by taxi from the airport. Sometimes a taxi is preferred as it is a more private way to travel. The taxi rank at the airport is found just outside of the arrival area, and there are generally always taxis waiting. The cost of the journey will be approximately 40.00 Euro.
The Toulon Train Station is located at Place de l’Europe, 83000 Toulon, and is open from Monday to Saturday, between 04:15 and 00:30, and on Sundays and bank holidays from 04:45 to 00:30. The station is also just 500 metres from Place de la Liberté, and is only a ten minute walk from the Toulon Harbour, which is considered as one of Europe’s largest. It is in the northern part of the city, and is quite close to many of the main sights. The Toulon Train Station has a restaurant and take-away, and there is a home pick-up/delivery baggage service. Public telephones are available, and there is a WiFi hotspot as well. Additional facilities include a waiting room and cash machines. The nearest place for information on tourism is at 334, Avenue de la Republique, Le Port, and is the Office de Tourisme de Toulon. The station is accessible to disabled passengers, and help can be provided for boarding the trains. It is suggested to arrive at least half an hour before your train departs if you will need special assistance.
The train station of Toulon is situated on the Marseille-Ventimiglia railway line, and is served by intercity services known as Téoz and night services known as Lunéa. High-speed TGV services are available as well. There are also local TER PACA trains which are slightly slowly, but less expensive, and they travel to nearby La Garda and Carnoules. On the TGV trains, Paris is just a little over seven hours away. Other destinations which are easily reached from the station include Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Hendaye, Bayonne, Strasbourg/Luxembourg, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Le Luc and Fréjus-St Raphael.
The Toulon Train Station dates back to 1859, and its building remains an impressive and traditional façade. The building features strikingly large, arched windows.
Another train station nearby to Toulon airport is the Gare d’Hyères, or the Hyères Train Station. It is a smaller station, but it offers connections with Toulon, Marseille, Paris and several other regional destinations. The station is located at Place de l’Europe, Hyères. The bus line 63 runs from the airport to Hyères, but it may just be easier to catch a taxi directly to the train station. It will only cost a few Euro, since that Hyères is just three kilometres from the airport. TGV trains are available from Hyères Train Station, as well as TER PACA train services.
Passengers on departure flights can take the buses or a taxi from the Toulon Train Station or the Hyères Train Station in order to reach the airport. Keep in mind that all train tickets should be validated in the machines provided on the platforms before boarding the train. The machine will stamp and date your ticket.
Although there is no train station at the airport, passengers will easily be able to reach the country’s rail services by bus or taxi. Further details are available from the information counter at the airport, or from the official website of SNCF, the French Railway Company, at http://www.sncf.com.