The bus leaves from Marseilles train station at very regular intervals and is not at all expensive. I paid a few euros but of course, whatever I paid in 2011 would have increased by now. The bus trip takes probably half an hour to reach Aix. The bus arrival station in Aix is on the Cours Mirabeau and is very handy to the Tourist Info Centre. The walk into the main part of the city is probably about ten minutes depending on how fit you are. (It took me longer than that but I certainly didn't find it taxing on my poor arthritic knees).
There are also very regular trains from Avignon to Aix en Provence
I would recommend you to be a little careful in riding the train between Marseille and Aix. There are regularly scheduled trains, but late at night or early in the morning there a few people other than young party animals who come up from Marseille to party in Aix. the fare is 7.20 euro and it only takes about 30 minutes. This guy (and his friends) did not want a picture of his face, so he had on this interesting sweatshirt/hoodie. I suspect these guys were on a first name basis with the local law enforcement officials.
Some road distances to Aix-en-Provence from:
- Verona (Italy): 639 kms.
- Charleroi (Belgium): 954. kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 1.092 kms.
- Linz (Austria): 1.186. kms.
Checking the website, you’ll find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
The TGV station is way out of town at Aix - around 10 miles - there are buses between Aix town centre and the TGV station every 15 minutes. Timetable can be found at
The train station in Aix is where you can go to buy your tickets for the TGV to Paris and elsewhere. You do not, however, board the TGV at this station. You must take a shuttle, taxi, or car to the very modern and new station which is a few miles outside of town.
Generally speaking, one who knows Aix does not take the train from there to Marseille or Nice because the bus is so much more convenient, cheaper. To Nice the bus takes about the same time as the TGV since you would have to go to Marseille to take it.
Location: at the end of Avenue Victor Hugo turn right and you are looking at it.
A good way to get around Aix en Provence is to take the local bus.
It's cheap and efficient, at least during day time. Most buses stop
going at 10pm, so make sure that you've planned your trip back!
On sundays, there's almost no bus service at all, keep that in mind.
A tip is also to buy a carnet of 10 tickets in advance, it can be bought
in most "tabac"-stores or at the tourist office, costs about 7 euro.
I never really dare taking the bus abroad because we never know where to take it and where to stop.
Aix en Provence buses are relatively easy to use for one reason: they all have a stop in common, they meet at La Rotonde which is the very centre of Aix. Therefore you can take a bus and if need be stay on it and always come back next to the tourist office. You can't get lost in the middle of nowhere...
The best way to see Provence is just to rent a car, and drive. There are trains, but to do it at your own pace is the best way to explore, and find places that nobody knows about. Autoeurope seems to have pretty good deals on cars, and you can return them in different cities, as long as they're in the same country.
Aix is such a great place to walk around - in fact it's really all you can do to see this town, as the streets tend to be narrow and winding, and steep - but mind the dogspoo of course. You will discover lots of lovely little nooks, but buy a map - it's an easy town to be lost in.
The nearest airport is "Marseille-Provence", at Marignanes, which is about fifty minutes by shuttle bus from Aix. Shuttles leave every thirty minutes. If you want to fly via Nice beware - there are only two buses a day there and back. But the bus DOES go straight to Nice airport in two hours, no changing, so it is an advantage.
Via Nimes, though (where Ryanair fly), is tricky. You have to get to Nimes itself from the airport, then get a train to Marseille, then a bus to Aix. It takes a long old time, too. Trust me, it aint worth it.
Aix-en-Provence DOES have a TGV station. It is quite a distance from town however. There are shuttle buses that link the Airport to Aix, stopping off at the TGV in between - they run every half an hour (when thay aren't on greve).
Alternatively, take the TGV to Marseille and get the shuttle from the Gare St.Charles (only 4.10 Euro). TGV gets from Paris in just three hours.
If you arrive in Marseille and wish to get to Aix, here's a tip - don't bother going by train. I don't know of anybody who uses the train in Aix, because if you just pass over to the Gare Routiere - bus station, sorry - you will find that there are buses between Aix and Marseille every ten minutes, on average, taking just under half an hour (compared to forty-five minutes by train, with much less frequency). It costs 4.10 Euros, but if you are in Aix and travelling regularly to Marseille, get a carnet of six for just 13 Euros - but tell them you are a student, they wont ask for ID. Even older folk get away with it.
If driving just follow the signs that point to the city centre. You will get to a wide street that circles the center of the city. While driving on this street there are around 4 parking garages and they tell you if they are full and if not then they tell you how many parking spaces are available. All are at fine locations for walking to the attractions.
Like usual walking is the best way to get around the large Provencal city.
TO GET TO AIX YOU HAVE TO GO BY CAR OR BUS
OR TRAIN BUT NOT DIRECT AS YOU WILL HAVE TO GO TO MARSEILLES FIRST AND THEN A BUS EVERY 30 MN
TRAIN STOPS AT GARE ST CHARLES.
BY PLANE .YOU GO TO MARSEILLES MARIGNANE AND THEN THE BUS/
AVOID TAXI AS EXPENSIVE ..you can always go by foot...
no train,except one from marseille,but it is more and more a bus line.
There is a direct and daily bus nice-aix,many buses aix-marseille,and many buses aix-marignane aéroport.Also a direct bus aix-avignon