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Getting there & away




Aix’s bus station (information office 08 91 02 40 25; av de l’Europe) is a 10-minute walk southwest from La Rotonde. Numerous companies’ services include buses to Marseille (€4.40, 35 minutes, every 10 minutes, every 20 minutes on Sunday), Arles (€10, 1¾ hours, five daily), Avignon (€13.90, one hour, six daily) and Toulon (€10, one hour, six daily Monday to Saturday).


Circumnavigating the one-way, three-lane orbital system circling the old town is nightmarish in heavy traffic. Street parking spaces are like hen’s teeth, but secure, pricier covered parking is plentiful.


Aix’s tiny city centre train station (5am-9.15pm Mon-Fri, 6am-9.15pm Sat & Sun, information office 9am-7pm) is at the southern end of av Victor Hugo. There are frequent services to Briançon (€31.20, 3½ hours), Gap (€23.80, two hours) and Marseille (€6.20, 35 minutes, at least 18 daily), from where there are connections to just about everywhere.

Aix’s TGV station is 8km from the city centre, accessible by shuttle bus.

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Aéroport Marseille-Provence (04 42 14 14 14; www.mrsairport.com), also known as Aéroport Marseille-Marignane, is 25km from Aix-en-Provence and is served by regular shuttle buses.

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