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.

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LES NAVETTES BLANCHES / THE SNOW BUSES

The navettes blanches (snow shuttle buses) leave from Marseille-Provence airport at Marignane and Aix en Provence TGV station every Saturday afternoon between 23 December and 28 April 2018. The latest timetable is now available: click on the link below to read about it in English.

The airport office / information desk for the navettes blanches (as well as for the cruise ship shuttle bus) is in a small cabin outside the entrance to the departure lounge for Terminal 1, and the buses also depart from this area.

Buses to and from Aix TGV station leave from a stop on the street level below the station exit.

Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance, and cost 35€ return for adults and 17€ for children under the age of 14.

There is a special fare (90€) for a group of four including at least one child and larger groups can charter an entire coach. Children under two travel free of charge.

How to book: visit the snow bus website. Or telephone (+33) 8 21 20 22 03. If calling from abroad the number is (+33) 1 78 66 22 79.

News for Marseille snow busesAnother company, Imbert, has launched a ski bus service called Neige Express. It runs between Marseille airport and Les Orres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but is quite a lot more expensive: 68€ return. Read more about Neige Express here.

LE TRAIN DES NEIGES / THE SNOW TRAIN

A snow train also runs on weekends (excluding school holidays) between January and late March or early April from Marseille Saint Charles, Aix Centre and Manosque stations to and from several dozen ski resorts in Alpes-Provence.

In 2018 the service is offered from 20 January-1 April.

There is one train daily in each direction, with onward coach connections where needed, and it's entirely feasible (as long as you get up very early!) to go skiing just for the day.

Skiing in FranceIn 2018 the train leaves Marseille at 6.05am, Aix at 6.45am and Manosque at 7.34am. It arrives back in Manosque at 7.38pm, Aix at 8.45pm and Marseille at 9.39pm. You'll get around six hours' skiing.

An advance reservation is necessary. Places are limited to 220 per train and tickets must be bought no later than noon on the Thursday before the weekend of travel.

They cost 20€ return for adults and 7.50€ for children under 12. Children under four travel free of charge.

It's worth noting that preferential rates on equipment hire and ski passes are offered at some locations upon production of the Snow Train ticket.

How to book: visit the SNCF website (in French only). Or telephone 0800 11 40 23 (a freephone number within France).

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