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Toulon, a city and port in southeastern France, is the capital of the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Toulon has been an important port since the Romans, who established the first port here in the city of Toulon. Today, Toulon is the most important naval base in France and also an important financial, business, and historical city. Toulon is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean, just behind Marseille and Nice. But Toulon is not only an important naval base, it also has a lot to offer you. You simply must come here and explore this beautiful city.
You will not need much time to discover Toulon. So if you want to take a road trip through the southeast of France and visit Toulon, you will need a day or two for exploring this city. The old town is particularly worth seeing. It was heavily bombed during World War II. and many important historic buildings were destroyed. But today, some of them have been repaired and others rebuilt, so you can visit various churches, museums, and galleries and discover narrow streets with small squares where you can have a coffee or find a restaurant for lunch.
The city of Toulon is also famous in France for its successful rugby team, so if you are lucky you can catch a game. There are also some beautiful beaches close to the city center and fantastic scenery surrounding Toulon. So if you come here, you will find something for yourself.
Basic info and car hire in Toulon
- Location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, France
- Population: 176,198
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Toulon has a Mediterranean climate
- Holidays in Toulon: For public holidays in France follow this link
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Toulon are in good condition.
- Car hire in Toulon: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Toulon is at Toulon airport and Toulon Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Toulon!
Driving in Toulon
Toulon, like many other cities with a lot of industry, can get pretty busy during rush hour. If you are travelling by car and coming to Toulon, it is best to park your car in one of the many car parks in the city and explore the city on foot.
Here in Provence, there are many places in the area that you cannot reach by public transport. Therefore, the best solution here is to rent a car. Around Toulon, there are so many beautiful villages and such stunning scenery that you will simply fall in love with this land as you drive through it.
Special attention must be paid to cyclists here in Provence. There are a lot of them on the road, from locals to professional cyclists who train here on these beautiful roads. So be extra careful when you are out and about here and watch out for the cyclists. Otherwise, this is one of the best places for anyone who enjoys driving. The roads are in great condition, the views are breathtaking, and there are plenty of things to see and do. Buckle up and drive safely.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
- Additional requirements: High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
- Children in the car: Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
- Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.
Car Hire in Toulon
Most popular car hire at Toulon
The most selected hire car in Toulon is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Toulon are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Toulon
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Toulon. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.
Toulon-Aix-en-Provence (82km with approximately 1 hour of drive)
Toulon-Cannes (124km with approximately 1,5 hours of drive)
Toulon-Nice (150km with approximately 1,5-2 hours of drive)
Toulon-Monaco (170km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
What to see in Toulon
The cable car of Faron
This is a cable car ride up the mountain of Faron. It is considered one of the most popular attractions here in Toulon. At the top of Mount Faron, you will have a breathtaking view of the city of Toulon and the Mediterranean Sea beyond. If you are in Toulon, you should visit this attraction, you will not regret it.
Port of Toulon
As a port city, the port of Toulon is something that you must visit. You can just walk around here and admire the beautiful yachts and the pretty boats. You can also shop here in many shops or dine in some good restaurants. In the evenings, there is a special atmosphere here that you should also experience. A glass of wine, live music, and the sea, a perfect combination!
Plage du Mourillon
There are some great sandy beaches close to the city centre. If you like beach sports and the sea or especially if you have kids, you should visit this place. There are also many restaurants and bars on the beaches. You can find a nice spot under a palm tree and enjoy your holiday.
Hôtel des Arts
This is also one of the places that you must visit in Toulon. This great museum with ever-changing exhibitions is one of the best museums on the Mediterranean coast. If you like modern art, then this museum is another reason to visit Toulon.
Drive your rental car beyond Toulon
A road trip through Frace is always a good idea. Especially if you plan on exploring the Mediterranean coast. There are so many great places to visit that you will be speechless. When you rent a car in Toulon, you will have a fantastic experience exploring the beautiful Provence that has so many beautiful sights to offer.
One of the cities you should visit is Cannes with its famous film festival, which is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions for tourists from all over the world. In general, Provence has also been one of the most popular regions with artists of all kinds. From painters to musicians and even actors and directors who looked to this amazing region for inspiration. One of the towns that embody the soul of Provence is Aix-en-Provence. It is a destination that you should visit. You will fall in love with the colourful streets filled with flowers and the wonderful scent of lavender. There are also some great restaurants in the city, so you can have a great time here. One of the cities you should visit is also St Tropez with its famous Riviera.
As well as these larger cities, there are also some fantastic smaller places that you will find wonderful. One of them is Antibes. This medieval town is known for its great museums. Then there is the colourful and unique town of Menton. It is a so-called pearl of Provence. Èze is also an interesting place to visit. Other places that might interest you are: Arles, Bandol, Gordes, Uzès, Lourmarin, Roussillon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Venasque, Avignon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue...
Enjoy the culture in Toulon
Where to eat, drink, and party in Toulon
Provence is a wonderful region for all foodies. The locals here are crazy about food and master the art of cooking perfectly. They prepare food in so many different ways that you will almost always try something new. The flavours here are so rich, mostly because of the local ingredients. Many people here make their olive oil and wine. They also grow their fruits and vegetables. So when you enjoy Provençal cuisine, you are exploring this beautiful region at the same time.
Besides many vegetables, fruits, herbs, wild mushrooms, etc., meat is also an important ingredient for them. But not only meat but also fish and seafood. So there is something for literally every taste. It's up to you what you prefer, but rest assured that no matter what you order here, the dish will be exceptional.
Some traditional dishes from Provence: bouillabaisse, pastis, daube, tapenade, nougat, omelette aux truffes, ratatouille, aïoli...
Best restaurants in Toulon:
Les Tables de la Fontaine
Le Bistrot de l'Opera
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in France?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in France?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in France?
Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in France?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in France?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?
Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How to hire a car in France?
You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire.
How much is it to rent a car in France?
It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day.
Can you rent an automatic car in France?
Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle.
Can I rent a car in France?
Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)
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