Set in lovely open countryside a short walk from the beach, Toulon-Hyères airport is a springboard for towns east of Marseille: Bandol, Sanary sur Mer, Toulon and Hyères, as well as the western Côte d'Azur.
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In summer 2016, the destinations it serves include London City, Southampton, Paris, Bordeaux, Brest, Ajaccio, Bastia, Tunis, Rotterdam and Brussels. Ryanair has discontinued its service between Toulon and London Stansted.
The address of the Toulon-Hyères airport office is at boulevard de la Marine, 83418 Hyères. Tel: (+33) 825 018 387. Website for Toulon-Hyères airport.
FACILITIES AT TOULON-HYèRES AIRPORT
Occasionally also known as Le Palyvestre, Toulon-Hyères (IATA airport code TLN) was set up as a naval airbase in 1925 and opened its doors to civil aviation in 1967.
Like others, Toulon airport has been hit by the recession and passenger numbers have declined steadily over the last decade. Its amenities currently seem on the generous side for the volume of traffic, which dwindles steeply outside the main tourist season.
On the upside, this makes travelling through the airport, which has one terminal and two runways, a relatively relaxed experience. It remains compact and user-friendly, though a little tricky to get to by public transport (see below).
The airport's long- and short-stay car-parks offer around a thousand spaces, including an area for disabled drivers (the airport as a whole has good handicapped access with plenty of ramps and lifts).
There's also a small covered space for motor cycles and other two-wheeled vehicles.
The short-term car-park (P1) includes a free 15 minute "kiss and ride" (dépose minute) facility. If you overstay this limit, you can pay at the exit to the car-park by bank card, or at machines in the departures and arrivals lounges by cash or card.
The long-term car-park (P2) has to be reserved online (there is a computer at the airport where you can do this on arrival if you haven't organised it in advance). Season tickets are also available.
Tel: (+33) 4 94 00 83 14. Website for the long-term car-park at Toulon-Hyères airport.
The arrivals lounge is on the lower level and the departures lounge on the upper one. Each level has an information point with tourist literature and there are ticket desks for Air France and for some of the low-cost airlines. Air France has self-service check-in kiosks.
By the main entrance, the departures lounge boasts a little snack bar, Trib's, with an outdoor terrace. Inside, sockets are available to recharge your phone and computer.
Also on the upper level is a rather kitsch "provençal village" (pictured left) comprising a small souvenir shop and a Relay newsagent where you can buy pre-paid wi-fi and mobile / cell phone cards. The French word for a SIM card is une puce.
Air-side, after passing through passport and security control, you will find a duty-free shop. Note, however, that there is no bar or restaurant in this part of the airport.
In the arrivals lounge are a cash dispenser (ATM), a post box and lost property office. Tel: (+33) 4 94 00 83 17.
The airport offers a free wi-fi service and, in a bid to boost traffic from business travellers, a VIP lounge with a board table that can be booked for meetings and seminars (it seats around 20 people). Tel: (+33) 4 94 00 84 07.
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GETTING TO AND FROM TOULON-HYèRES AIRPORT
The airport is located 4 km / 2.5 miles south of Hyères, 23 km / 14 miles east of Toulon and 52 km / 32 miles west of Saint Tropez. Click here for driving instructions to Toulon-Hyères airport from Marseille, Aix en Provence, Nice, Saint Tropez and other towns and cities.
The taxi rank is in front of the exit from the arrivals lounge (pictured below). Tel: (+33) 4 94 00 60 00. Website for Taxi-Hyères. You can also pre-book a holiday taxi to or from Toulon-Hyères airport here.
To hire a car, turn right out of the airport, walk to the end of the terminal building and turn right again to find a small hall with desks for a number of car hire companies, including Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Europcar.
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Three bus routes link the airport with the surrounding towns. You can view the Toulon-Hyères airport area bus map online here and it is also displayed in the baggage reclaim zone. Buses run intermittently but supposedly connect with incoming flights.
Bus no.63 to Hyères centre and bus no.102 to Toulon bus and train station via Hyères are both run by a company called Réseau Mistral. Click here for the timetables (choose the route you want in the left-hand menu tab).
Another bus company, Var Libre, operates a service - line no.7803 - to Saint Tropez via Le Lavandou. Type in the number of the route in the box marked "numéro ou nom de ligne" to view the current bus timetables.
The nearest SNCF rail station is in Hyères, on rue de la Gare. From the airport, you will need to take bus 63 as far as the Arromanches stop, then bus 67 to the station. Click here for the SNCF website for Hyères train station.
Click here for the train timetable between Hyères, Toulon and Marseille. Select timetable no.1 (Marseille-Toulon) from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
There is a direct TGV service between Hyères and Paris, However, if travelling east by rail, you will need to change trains in Toulon.
A much wider range of connections is on offer at Toulon SNCF train station at place de l'Europe, 83000 Toulon. Click here for the SNCF website for Toulon train station.
Toulon bus station (la gare routière) is immediately adjacent to the train station at boulevard Tessé. Tel: (+33) 4 94 24 60 00. From here a dozen or so regional buses serve destinations including Saint Maximin, Brignoles and Aix en Provence.
From Toulon-Hyères airport, bus no.102 runs to Toulon bus and train stations. The journey takes around 40 minutes.
You could always splash out on helicopter transport with SAF Helicopters, which has a reservation desk at Toulon-Hyères airport.
Close to the airport, the American company Signature Flight Support provides support for business flights. Tel (+33) 4 94 38 20 00.
At the opposite extreme of the spectrum, if a taxi or bus is not around or if you are on a very tight budget, it is entirely feasible to walk from the airport to the beaches and campsites of Hyères (and some of the city's best bars).
The roads are flat and well-marked with dedicated pedestrian and bike paths. It takes about half an hour on foot.