Travel

A guide to getting to Provence and to travelling around by air, rail, road, sea or whatever other means necessary once you're there. Check our drives and rides section for more ideas for tourist itineraries.

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Marseille cruise ship terminalMarseille is France's main cruise ship port and this branch of tourism has been growing extremely fast: over 1.6 million cruise passengers passed through the city in 2016.

TGV at Aix en Provence stationTwo train stations serve Aix en Provence, the TGV (high-speed train) station outside the city and Aix Centre, the downtown regional (TER) station. This is a guide to both, and to rail travel to and from Aix en Provence.

Marseille-Provence airport at MarignaneWith runways along a huge lake and dramatic approaches across the coastal hills or the sea, Marseille-Provence airport - also near Aix - is a memorable introduction to the region.

Avignon Centre station facadeTwo train stations serve Avignon: the TGV (high-speed train) station in the suburbs and Avignon Centre, near the town centre. This is a guide to both, and to rail travel to and from Avignon.

TGV train passing through ProvenceSaint Charles, Marseille's main rail station, forms the southern terminus of the TGV (high-speed train) network and is served by five other conventional lines. This is a guide to travel by train to and from Marseille.

Poster for the port of Marseille by Roger BroderMarseille's identity is deeply bound up with its ancient origins as a port and the vast network of sea routes that opened up the city to the world. This is a guide to its ferry terminals and the services from them today.

Volkswagen camper van from 69 CampersWith its abundant campsites and well-kept roads, France as a whole and Provence in particular are ideally equipped for touring holidays. This is a guide to exploring the region in a Type 2 Volkswagen camper van.

MSC SplendidaMarseille is a superb starting point for a cruise holiday. It’s easily reached by air, road or high-speed rail. It's a fast springboard to some of Provence's loveliest spots. And there are many terrific attractions in Marseille itself.

toulon cruise portToulon has two cruise ship ports: one in the heart of the city and one in the nearby town of La Seyne sur Mer across the other side of the bay. This is a guide to both of them.

Russell Crowe in A Good YearMany of the loveliest spots in Provence aren't accessible by public transport and unless you take a taxi - or explore the region by bicycle - you may well end up behind the wheel of a car.

French police badgeThese are the rules governing driving in France, including important recent changes to the law.

The A7 Motorway in ProvenceProvence can be reached from the French Channel Ports or the Belgian border in around ten hours' driving time if you use autoroutes (motorways) the whole way.

Toulon Hyeres airport signSet in lovely open countryside a short walk from the beach, Toulon-Hyères airport is a springboard for towns east of Marseille: Bandol, Sanary sur Mer, Toulon and Hyères, as well as the western Côte d'Azur.

The snow trainYou can easily and quickly get to ski resorts in the French Alps from Marseille and Aix en Provence by bus or train. This is how to book your travel.

Provencal road lined by plane treesYou may be a hurry to drive south. But perhaps you prefer to take your time and see some magnificent sights along the way. If so, this is the best route to Provence from Northern Europe.

Facade, Avignon AirportAvignon-Provence airport is perfectly positioned for such tourist attractions as L'Isle sur la Sorgue, the ochre trail and lavender fields of the Luberon, the Pont du Gard and Avignon itself and Saint Rémy, Les Baux, Orange and Carpentras.

Nimes airport facadeOn the edge of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, Nîmes airport is an ideal jumping-off point for many key tourist attractions in the area such as Arles, the Camargue, the Pont du Gard and the Alpilles.

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