Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion in the south of France
- Regular berth: Pier Fournel
- Regular berth: at sea (tender boats)
- Port shuttle: not necessary/available
- Taxis: usually available on the quay
- Buses: very well developed line network, operator Reseau Mistral
- Rental car*: Europcar, 322 Avenue Edouard Le Bellegou, La Rode and at the main train station
- Rental car*: Hertz, 60 Avenue François Cuzin and at the main train station
- Rental car*: Avis, at the main train station
- Postal service: 12 Place Louis Blanc, and at the train station
- Tourist Information: 12 Place Louis Blanc, and at the train station
- Banks: to be found mainly in the city centre
- Berths of the cruise ships
Normally, in Toulon, one moors at the Pier Fournel. If this berth is already reserved and occupied by another cruise ship, it can also happen that it is anchored. In this case, the guests are brought ashore with the tender boats. This often results in delays during excursions or shore excursions that are undertaken on one's own initiative. In order to be able to keep to the schedules of the tours booked and carried out by the respective shipping companies, these excursionists are preferred to be brought ashore first. At the jetty of the tender boats there is a small terminal hall where you can get information and flyers. Souvenirs are also offered and there is free WiFi. The typical small tourist train starts in the immediate vicinity.
- Tiny-train tours
The typical small tourist trains make their rounds in the city from April to October and take about 45 minutes. Departure is near the port. The cost is 7 euros per person. For children from 3 to 11 years 4 Euro are called.
- Buses and boats
Toulon has a very well arranged bus line network. In addition, the operator Reseau Mistral uses passenger ferries (bus boats) to La
Seyne-sur-Mer, Les Sablettes with its very beautiful long beach and to the peninsula Saint Mandrier. Departure is not far from the berth at the Maritime station. The journey time for one
direction is 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the destination. A big bus station is located at the Boulevard Tesse, which is very close to the main station of Toulon.
- Tourist information and combined tickets
The tourist office is located near the port at 12 Place Louis Blanc. Here you can get all kinds of information and flyers. There are also tickets and entrance tickets available at reduced prices. What is interesting and recommendable is the purchase of a combi-ticket for the public transport that costs 6 euros per person. This is valid for one day and entitles you to any number of rides on buses and boats of the Réseau Mistral network. With this ticket, the cable car may be used once for the outward and return journey. Do not forget to validate it!
- Mont Faron cable car
The local mountain of Toulon with a height of 584 metres can be easily climbed with the Mont Faron cableway. It runs daily from 10:00 to 19:00 o'clock. But in case of a strong wind, the driving operation is stopped. The view from the peak is excellent. The regular prices for the return trip are 7,50 euro for adults and 5,50 euro for children from 4 to 10 years at the cash desk of the cableway. Reduced and combined tickets for the zoo located on the top of the mountain are available at the tourist information office. The bottom station of the cable car, which is 3 km from the mooring, can be easily reached by bus line 40. The appropriate bus stop Louis Blanc is located directly opposite the Tourist Information Office and near the church Eglise Saint François de Paule. The ticket must be validated in the bus. The journey time is about 20 minutes. Get off at the stop Téléphérique. The access to the valley station is 20 meters downhill. The ticket must be validated in the waiting room of the building and before entering the cable car gondolas. The gondolas hold 15 people and leave the station every 10 minutes.
- Mont Faron Zoo
The Mont Faron Zoo is mainly engaged in the breeding of predators and opens its doors daily from 10:00 to 17:00. During the summer months it is open a little longer. The zoo closes at 18:30 at the latest. In rainy weather it is completely closed. From the top station of the cable car, keep to the right and it takes about 20 minutes (1000 meters) on foot to get there. The entrance fee is 9,50 Euro for adults, 5,50 Euro for children from 4 to 10 years.
- Memorial site
There is also a small restaurant and a memorial on the summit of Mont Faron on the Route du Faron, about 150 metres from the top station, which commemorates the liberation by the allied forces in 1944. The exhibition of the affiliated museum Musée Mémorial du Débarquement shows many maps and models. A Sherman tank and cannons are on display in the open-air area.
- Well-tended beaches
The fine sandy beaches of Toulon can be reached from the pier in a good 30 minutes on foot. Thereby, one covers a distance of approximately 1,8 km. It is more comfortable and faster to take a taxi or the buses of the lines 3 (direction Mourillon) and 23 (direction 4 Saisons/Carthage) in approximately 10 minutes. To get there, you can use the Mayol bus stop at the stadium of the same name, which is quite close to the ship's mooring. The beach sections of Le Mourillon are family and handicapped friendly, with access ramps for wheelchairs and WC's. Adjacent green areas, playgrounds and restaurants are also available.
- Promenade and shopping
The Quai Kronstadt, located right at the harbour and in the immediate proximity of the mooring, is the most popular promenade of Toulon. Small restaurants, bars and shops line up next to each other. The bus boats of the Reseau Mistral also depart from here. You will also find providers of harbour tours here. By following the Quai Kronstadt, at its end one comes across to the Naval Museum. Not far from there, there is the city centre of Toulon with a huge number of shops in the partly narrow and angled alleyways.
- Naval Museum
At the Place Monsenergue/Quai de Norfolk, there is the national Naval Museum (Musée National de la Marine). It vividly illustrates the French maritime history and the development of the French Navy. The magnificent entrance gate dates back to 1738 and the museum is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. It is closed on Tuesdays. The entrance fee for adults is 6 euros. Reduced tickets are available at the tourist office for 4.50 euros.
Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds Cathedral, dating from the 11th century, is located in the city centre, in the heart of the old town at 55 Place de la Cathédrale. In the 17th century, the premises were extensively extended. Baroque and Romanesque elements have been skilfully blended together. When looking at the building, the raised bell tower and the massive façade are particularly striking.
- Market places
In the mornings, the markets of Toulon attract numerous visitors. The most famous are the Market at Cours Lafayette (07:30 to 12:30) and the Market of Le Mourillon (08:00 to 12:30). They are open every day except Mondays and offer numerous goods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese and various textiles.
- Puget Square
The city's former granary has given way to Puget Square (La Place Puget). This was named after the architect and sculptor Pierre Puget and is located in the centre of Toulon. In 1780, two local artists built a striking dolphin fountain here, which is now lushly overgrown. At the plaza itself, many small cafés and shops have settled that invite to stay.
- Defence Tower
The mighty Royal Tower La Tour Royale, which stands out at the entrance to the harbour, was built between 1514 and 1524 and was mainly used for the defence of the harbour bay. Later also temporarily as a dungeon. The construction was ordered by King Louis Xll. The lower part of the tower and the outside area are open to visitors. The entrance is free of charge.
- Excursion portals and excursion providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge*, rent-a-guide - Kreuzfahrtausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Toulon, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book in time, you can realize a variety of excursions on your own.
A small preselection of independent excursion offers
for, in and around Toulon,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and offers
If you have not yet booked a Mediterranean cruise, but would like to get to know Toulon personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 08:30-12:00 and from 14:00-17:30, Saturday from 08:30-12:00
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:30-12:00 and from 13:45-17:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: Monday to Saturday from 09:00-17:00. Sunday from 10:00-12:00
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-19:00
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 17
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 15
- Fire department: Tel. 18
- Recommended vaccination: Tropical Institute France
- Bus timetables: Toulon bus schedules
- Line network: Toulon public transport network plans
- Climatic table: Toulon Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Toulon
- Local currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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