Car hire is a nice option for travellers in Toulon. Low-cost airlines allow people to visit any part of the city without spending too much money. This means you can easily move from one location to another with a rental car and discover your favourite places for a little money. A core benefit of renting a car is that you have freedom of movement. Plus, you can visit remote places, restaurants or hidden trails in a car of your choice.
Toulon is a popular city situated in southern France, regarded as a port-city of the Mediterranean coast that has a major French naval base. It is the capital of the Var department and the exact location is Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. As of 2015, the total population of this city was 167,479. It is the 15th largest city of France and is the centre of an urban area that has nearly 550,420 inhabitants. After Nice, Montpellier Marseille, and Paris, Toulon is a major tourist destination that attracts hundreds to thousands of visitors every year.
Toulon is famous for its wines, fishing activities, naval construction, aeronautical equipment, beautiful maps, tobaccos, shoes, printings, electronic equipment, and armaments. The military port of this city is a major naval centre on the Mediterranean coast of France and is home of Charles de Gaulle and her group. Charles de Gaulle is a French aircraft carrier. The French Mediterranean Fleet is also based in this port city. Archaeological excavations show that Greek colonists came here from Asia Minor in the 7th century and established various depots along the coast, such as Olbia. This is present in the east of Toulon.
Just like Toulon, Marseille is a port city of France. It is situated in the southern part of the country and its distance from Toulon is 48 kilometres (29 miles). At its heart is Old Port (also called Vieux-Port) where people love to go to spend quality time with their families and friends. This is the place where fishmongers can be found selling their catch every day. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a Romanesque-Byzantine church, is also present in this port city. Two of its major, modern landmarks are Cité Radieuse Complex and CMA CGM Tower.
Nice is located 125 kilometres (77 miles) away from Toulon. It is one of the most populated urban areas of France and is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department. Its metropolitan area has extended beyond the administrative limits of the city. One of the biggest advantages of going to Nice is that this city has a peaceful natural environment. Its seaside promenade, known as the Promenade des Anglais, attracts numerous visitors every month. Plus, the soft light and clear air have appealed to various painters like Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall.
The Old Town of Toulon was destroyed during World War II. However, it has retained much of its former charm. Every year, tourists visit this place to see the narrow cobblestone streets and to enjoy time at the peaceful squares embellished with nice fountains. It is 64 km (40 miles) from southeast of Marseilles. You can reach there in about four hours if you come from the centre of Toulon. On summer days, you can spend time at outdoor cafes or can head to the Hôtel de Ville to explore the popular Caryatides.
Mont Faron is a great landmark of Toulon. It can be reached by a rented car and the cable car (Téléphérique du Faron). It is about 40 minutes away from the centre of the city. Your ride will feature panoramic views of the Le Var region and the Bay of Toulon. In order to reach this place, you will have to drive to the Corniche du Mont Faron which a beautiful road halfway up Mont Faron. It will offer you magnificent sea views. At 548 metres high summit of Mont Faron, you can see the five Mounts of Toulon.
The Allied Landings Museum (Musée Mémorial du Débarquement) is present in the Tour Beaumont, at the summit of Mont Faron. It is 8.8 kilometres (14 miles) away from the centre of the city, and you can reach there in about 20 minutes. The museum has various collections of weapons, articles of equipment related to the Allied Forces and other similar things. A telescope is also present on the roof of the building.
Toulon is famous for its Traditional Provençal Markets. This market is held on the Cours Lafayette; it remains open from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm and is closed on Mondays. This area is 0.24 (0,38 km) miles away from Hotel L’Univers, and you can get there in 15 to 30 minutes depending on the type of car you’ve rented. People come here to buy fruits, flowers, textiles, and vegetables from colourful stalls. There are many shops of fresh ingredients, where home-cooked meals are sold at affordable prices. You should visit the market to taste the typical daily life of Toulon.
Toulon–Hyères Airport is 11.2 miles (18 km) from the centre of the city. Companies like National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car and Avis provide rental services here. The airport has been shared the French Naval Aviation. It is the main serving airport of Toulon and is 3 kilometres away from the southeast of Hyères. The airport served over 500,970 passengers alone in 2010. It was opened in 1966.
La Môle – Saint-Tropez Airport is present in La Môle. It is 15 kilometres (9,32 miles) away from southwest of Saint-Tropez and 45.8 kilometres (28,45 miles) from the city of Toulon. Companies like Sixt, Saint Tropez Rentals, Europcar Car Rental, Skoda, Mercedes-Benz, and LTT Car Rental are providing their rental car services at this airport. Two of the closest hotels are Hotel La Villa Douce and Hotel Le Bailli de Suffren. It won’t take you more than 20 minutes to reach the airport.
Marseille Provence Airport, also known as Aéroport de Marseille Provence, is an international airport situated about 26 kilometres (16,15 miles) from the northwest of Marseille and 67.5 kilometres (41,94 miles) from the city of Toulon. Pullman Marseille Provence Hotel, Hotel Restaurant Hacienda, and Auberge Bourrelly are present close to this airport. Companies like Alamo Rent A Car provide rental car services at affordable prices. From Auberge Bourrelly, you can reach the airport in about 30 minutes.
Like other cities in France, Toulon is congested with traffic. Driving is an ideal way to explore the city if you rent a car for the whole day. People wishing to rent cars instantly can find that most of the main providers have their offices in the centre of Toulon. The condition of the roads is very good, and we suggest you compare the services and prices of different rental car providers before booking a car.
This port city has 10 covered, pay-for car parks in the centre; one of them is Mayol. Mayol is situated opposite the cruise ship terminal and close to the rugby stadium. Toulon’s parc relais (commonly called park and ride) is 5 kilometres (3 miles) away from the western part of the city. Parking in most areas is free, and the speed limit is 50 kilometres (31 miles) per hour for populated, urban areas.
The speed limit goes up to 80 kilometres per hour for single carriageways. Make sure you have kept your passport with you when you leave the hotel. The chance is that you will be asked to show these documents while on the road. Plus, the driver must have a license, identification card and other documents to show to the traffic police. In all cities of France, a right turn on red without stopping is allowed only when an arrow-shaped amber light has flashed, but the driver does not have any priority.