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Toulon Airport, in southern France, is approximately 23km from the city of Toulon, and 3km from Hyères. Due to its location, it is often referred to as the Toulon-Hyères, the Hyères Le Palyvestre or as the Toulon-Saint Tropez, as it is nearby the famous resort area of Saint-Tropez. It is distinguished by its code of TLN, and is quite busy, with around 550,000 passengers per annum. Passengers will find a wide array of facilities at the airport, including the Toulon car hire companies, which provide private vehicles for those who prefer to drive themselves. Car rental is popular for this area, as there are good roads to all the nearby towns and cities.

The airport serves the city of Toulon, as well as other towns in the Var department of France. It is also located in the famous PACA region, or the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, which is one of the most popular areas for tourism in the country. Most often, visitors arriving at the airport require some form of transportation, and although buses and taxis are available, many prefer to rent a car. At the airport, the companies of Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Auto Europa, Easycar, National, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Thrifty and Dollar are present, giving passengers a wide variety of car rental choices. The Toulon Airport car rental companies are international, with offices around the world. They have also been trusted to provide quality vehicles and services for many years. Hertz, Europcar, Auto Europa and National are three of the longest standing companies. Easycar is a newer service, but over the last ten years they have grown in popularity, and are well known for their low rental rates. Budget and Avis are known for their reasonable rental rates as well, and Alamo is often best for providing vehicles for leisure customers. Sixt offers many innovative services for their customers, and Thrifty and Dollar have some unique options as well, including rentals which can be taken for up to eleven months.

The above mentioned car hire companies can be found in a building which is separate to the main passenger terminal at the airport. However, they are within easy walking distance from the airport facilities. Simply exit the terminal building and turn to the right, and the car hire companies are found alongside the P3 car park, which is the parking area used for the hire cars. There are also signs which lead the way to the car rental centre of the airport. The companies available are open at times which correspond to the arrival flights, and their vehicles should generally be booked in advance. Car hire can sometimes be in high demand, and better rental rates are offered for earlier reservations.

To hire a car from this rental location the primary renter and all additional drivers registered on the rental agreement will need to be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid drivers license. Sometimes an International Driving Permit should accompany the local license. It is the usual procedure for renters younger than 25 years of age to pay additional costs for young driver insurance, and these customers may also not be able to hire vehicles from certain categories, in particular those which contain larger vehicles, or cars of a special nature. One of the following credit cards will also be required: American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard or Visa. Cash and debit cards are usually not accepted, but your car hire company may have other card options. Check your vehicle for existing damages before leaving the airport, and find out the type of fuel it requires. Ensure that you have the emergency numbers to contact in the case of an accident or breakdown as well.

Toulon car hire companies also provide additional items of equipment for their vehicles, such as child seats, satellite navigation systems and luggage racks. Hand controls for disabled drivers may be available as well, and from the airport, hand control equipment is free of charge. Other items will, however, cost a few extra Euro per day of hire, or per rental.

Driving from Toulon Airport to many popular towns and cities in the region is quite simple. It will only take about twenty minutes to get into Toulon by way of the A570 and A57, and from Toulon the A50 can be followed to Aubagne and Marseille, a little further to the west. Along this route there are also the areas of La Seyne-sur-Mer, Sanary-sur-Mer, Bandol, La Ciotat and Cassis. Sanary or Bandol can be reached in about half an hour from the airport. In the alternative direction, Saint-Tropez is about a forty-five minute drive from Toulon, and the A57 north can be take towards Cuers and Le Luc, and then the A8 to Fréjus. Further along the A8 route are Cannes, Antibes and Nice. Nice is about an hour and a half’s drive from the location. French roads are generally in good condition, and the main routes are well signposted.

Once your rental contract has expired, return your car to the same parking area at Toulon Airport. Since the car hire companies are not open twenty-four hours a day, there may be options for out-of-office hour returns. However,  one way hire services are offered, allowing customers to deliver their rented car to a different location. Hire cars may travel to all parts of France, and may even be considered as a cross-border rental, travelling into another country, for example, Spain, Italy or Switzerland. Keep in mind that a special tax sticker must be purchased for travelling on Swiss highways. One way hires from Toulon may incur additional charges, but may also be priced similar to an ordinary rental. Return your vehicle with either a full or empty fuel tank, as agreed at the beginning of the rental period. The car is usually returned as empty as possible if fuel was purchased upfront.

Small cars available from Toulon Airport include the Renault Twingo, Opel Corsa, Citroen C3 and Ford Fiesta, while larger sedans are similar to the Renault Laguna and Citroen C5. There are also SUVs, convertibles and luxury models by Mercedes, Volvo and BMW available, and vans which can accommodate a larger group of travellers. Vans may be similar to the Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy, Renault Espace, Citroen C8, Opel Vivaro and Renault Traffic Combi.

Contact your favourite Toulon car rental company for the best car hire rates for your holiday or business trip.

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