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).

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.

Getting around


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.

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

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.