Sometimes, a large cruise ship can be a disadvantage, especially in Toulon. The ship docks at the port of La Seyne-sur-Mer, on the other side of the bay, 10 kilometers from the city center. Smaller cruise ships can dock in the port of Toulon within walking distance of the historical center and sights.
In La Seyne-sur-Mer is not much to see or do, so the town only serves as a port of call and almost everyone goes to Toulon or makes an excursion to Cannes, Nice, Aix-En-Provence, Marseille or Saint-Tropez. Ask the cruise line staff in advance where exactly you will dock as this will have a big impact on your choice of transportation and timing.
During a cruise vacation to France, Toulon is often on the program. This historic city is centrally located on the Western Mediterranean and offers various excursions to Provence and the French Riviera. That is why cruises to Toulon are particularly popular.
Language in Toulon
The language in Toulon is French, but in touristic spots you can use English.
Currency in Toulon
The currency in Toulon is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s in the city.
Opening times in Toulon
Opening times differ inFrance, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 12.00h
and 14.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.
Toulon is a beautifull city to explore. Some of the main sites are:
The Old Town is located between the port, the Boulevard de Strasbourg, and the Cours Lafayette. You will find a lot of fountains, narrow streets, cafes and restaurants. A tourist walk is indictaed by small, iron markers on the sidewalk
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Seds is a cathedral from the 11th century in Baroque style. It has a 36 m high bell tower from the 18th century.
The Upper Town of Baron Haussmann
The Upper Town of Baron Haussmann was built under Louis Napoleon. It is located between Boulevard de Strasbourg and the train station.
L'opéra de Toulon
L'opéra de Toulon is the main opera of Toulon and the second largest opera building in France.
Outside Toulon you can make great shore excursions to:
Getting around in Toulon depends on where exactly you will dock. If you dock in het old port of Toulon, you can easily explore the rest of the city on foot.
In case you dock in La-Seyne-sur-Mer at the other side of the bay (mostly the case for bigger cruise ships) you have several transportation options to get to Toulon or make shore excursions. There are good connections by public transportion, shuttle bus or ferry boat.
When you are on a cruise to Toulon, you will face some dilemmas. There are a lot of shore excursion options and the time is often limited. You have to make choices. You can choose to stay in Toulon, a beautiful historical city.
Yet ,a lot of cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Aix-En-Provence in the heart of the Provence, the old port town of Marseille or the magnificent French Riviera with jewels like Cannes, Nice and Saint-Tropez. Near Toulon, you can also visit Cassis or Bandol.
Toulon has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and humid winters.The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 31°C and in winter - between 3°C and 7°C
Excursions in Cannes
Excursions in Nice
Excursions in Aix-En-Provence
Excursions in Marseille
Excursions in Cassis
Excursions in Bandol
Excursions in Saint-Tropez
Excursions in Toulon
Within walking distance of the cruise port of Toulon you will find the Tourist Office. You can receive info or a free city map. The tourist office mapped a city walk using iron markers in the sidewalk.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Toulon: