Practical information

Whether you're passing through Provence for a city break in Marseille, a charming, cultural getaway in Aix-en-Provence or a family holiday in Arles, the My Provence guide lets you discover all there is to know about the Bouches-du-Rhône region. How do you get to Provence? How can you get around once you're there? What’s on in Marseille? What should you visit in Aix-en-Provence? What can you see in Arles? Your holidays in Provence start here, with simple, practical information on the region of Bouches-du-Rhône.

Getting around

Carte des temps de parcours entre les principales villes de provence

How to get there

By road

  • Highways A1, A6 and A7 : Lille, Paris, Lyon, Marseille
  • A62, A61, A9, A54 : Bordeaux, Toulouse, Narbonne, Montpellier, Nîmes, Arles
  • A54 : Nîmes, Salon-de-Provence
  • A8 : Italie, Nice, Marseille
  • A51 : Gap, Sisteron, Aix-en-Provence

By air

By rail

  • TGV (high-speed train) :
    Paris-Lyon-Marseille. TGV railway stations in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (3 hrs from Paris).
  • Train services from Italy (via Nice) and Spain (via Narbonne).
  • www.voyages-sncf.com

By boat

The world's top cruise companies all call here. Home to France's largest cruise port and the 5th largest port in the Mediterranean, Marseille-Provence offers a great choice of itineraries for every taste and budget. The city's port amenities are continually evolving to offer both cruise passengers and companies a premium service.

http://www.marseille-cruise.com

Getting around

Cartreize

The Bouches-du-Rhône's CARTREIZE coach network offers highway shuttle services for fast and easy access to the area's main cities, plus local services to towns throughout the area. Whether you're visiting Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Aubagne, La Ciotat, Arles or Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, sit back and enjoy touring Provence on a comfy coach!

Download CARTREIZE coach services
More details on timetables, prices and points of sale: Allôcartreize on 0 810 00 13 26

Le Pilote

LE PILOTE is an alliance of public transport services available in the Bouches-du-Rhône (bus, tram, metro and train). LePilotesuggests the best ways to travel and provides a road book, links to the Bouches-du-Rhône public transport websites and other ideas for getting around (on foot, by bike, car sharing, etc.), as well a real time traffic updates.

www.lepilote.com

Tourist organisations in Provence

Check out the full list of Bouches-du-Rhône tourist offices and get all the info you need before and during your stay in Provence

Provence in figures

3 Nature Reserves

Calanques National Park,
Europe's first suburban national park,
The Camargue Regional Nature Reserve,
The Alpilles Regional Nature Reserve.

1stfor olive oil production

9 golf courses

TOP 3 Among the Top 3 French destinations chosen by overseas visitors

50% of the Bouche-du-Rhône's natural areas are protected

1st France's n° 1 cruise port: Marseille

6 AOP (protected designation
of origin) red, white and rosé wines

100 That's the number of decibels a cicada produces!

67 luxury
hotels

17includingfive-star establishments

289km of Mediterranean shores

46 Michelin
star-rated restaurants

300 days of sunshine per year

Serving tourism

Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme is a non-profit ‘association loi 1901’ organisation.It is entrusted by the Conseil Départemental (or regional council) to promote tourism in Bouches-du-Rhône while respecting the environment and local residents, and guaranteeing visitors a top-quality experience.

The best of the destination

So that everyone’s hopes and tastes are catered for, Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme promotes must-see destinations which take visitors off the beaten track, using its deep understanding of the area and its neutral role as a non-profit organisation.