For most destinations along the Côte d’Azur, it’s faster and easier to catch the train, but for some smaller towns and villages (especially inland), buses are an alternative. There are several different companies, but you can find comprehensive timetable information on the website Le Pilote (www.lepilote.com). Sample destinations:
Aix-en-Provence (€9, 40 minutes, every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday, less frequent Sunday) Cartreize line 50 express bus leaves from Gare St-Charles. Line 51 also runs frequently to Aix.
Barcelonette (€35, 4¼ hours, one direct daily) LER Line 28
Cassis (€2, 45 minutes, hourly Monday to Saturday) La Marcouline Line M06
Nice (€34, three to five hours, up to five per day) LER Line 20
Eurolines also has international services.
Most major car-rental firms have offices in or close to the train station.
Eurostar offers two to 10 weekly services between Marseille and London (from €213, seven hours) via Lille or Paris. As always, the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare.
Avignon (€22, 1¼ hours, hourly)
Nice (€38, 2½ hours, up to six per day)
Paris Gare de Lyon (from €76, 3½ hours, at least hourly)