Getting Around, Aix en Provence Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Aix en Provence, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France)
Most of Aix's tourist attractions are within relatively close proximity to each other and simple to travel to.
Consequently, the city of Aix en Provence can easily be explored on foot or by bicycle.
Public transport is relatively good within the city itself. However, although if you're planning to travel outside of Aix en Provence during your stay, it may well be worth hiring a car for sheer convenience.
Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) / Arriving by Air
The nearest airport to Aix en Provence is Marseille Provence Airport, the third largest in France. Some 30 airlines operate from all over the world. A 30-minute shuttle bus journey transports visitors to Aix city centre from early morning to early evening. Taxis are also available to hire.
Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) Guide
Parking in Aix is not easy in Aix en Provence because of the city's narrow streets and volume of traffic. Car parks are also quite expensive. If you are interested in exploring a little further afield, however, it's worth hiring a car. Major car hire travel companies can be found in the city centre and at Aix's train station. Aix is well connected to other towns and cities in the region and beyond by a good road network. The A7, A46 or A8 motorways link to Paris
, whilst the A54 or A9 links with Montpellier, Nîmes and Arles.
Buses and Coaches
Aix boasts an extensive bus network, with over 20 routes serving the city centre and surrounding residential areas. There are bus stops alongside most of the city's main attractions. Bus tickets can either be bought in advance or at the time of boarding. Books of tickets can also be purchased, making this a very economical form of transport around Aix en Provence. The main bus station is located in the city centre. From here, other bus services also provide a cheap way to travel between Aix and regional and national destinations.
Aix has two train stations. From the TGV station, visitors can catch high-speed trains to major cities in France. The journey between Aix en Provence and Paris takes around three hours. Although this station is located outside the city centre, it is well served by bus transport and road networks. The SNCF station is conveniently situated in the city centre. From here, visitors can catch local and regional trains, as well as standard services, and travel to French cities further afield.
Taxis can be found throughout Aix en Provence, with taxi ranks in most tourist areas. This popular mode of transport is a useful to travel around the city quickly. Taxi journeys are metered.
Bicycles can be hired to get visitors out and about in Aix. Visitors wishing to venture off road can also hire mountain bikes.