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Travel Logistics in Aix-en-Provence

Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence
Air Travel
Train Travel
Travel Changes & Lost Luggage
Early/Late Arrival
Departure Day
Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
Contact Information

Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence, France

Students are expected to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time on Arrival Day

It is best to fly into the Marseille-Provence Airport (MRS), which is 25 minutes from Aix. For students already in Europe, it is also possible to travel to Aix-en-Provence by high speed train (TGV) from Paris, and most other major cities. On arrival day, IAU staff will meet students at the Marseille-Provence airport or the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station, at times and places specified in the sections below. 

Once travel is booked, submit your itinerary through the MyIAU Student Portal and via email by the deadlines listed on the pre-departure requirements page

Air Travel

If students arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.on official arrival day at the Marseille Provence airport (MRS), IAU staff will be present at the airport to assist students in getting to their homestay. Precise information about arrival day and what to do upon arrival will be sent via email to students approximately one week before arrival day.

Train Travel

Students traveling via train must book their ticket to arrive at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station, NOT the Marseille St. Charles station. IAU staff does not coordinate arrivals at Marseille St. Charles.

If you plan to take the train (TGV) the same day that you fly into Paris: Book a ticket departing from the TGV Station at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 2). It is recommended that you leave at least 4 hours between your plane arrival time and your train departure time, as there are often long lines with customs and it can take a while to pick up luggage. 

If you do not plan to take the train on the same day that you fly into Paris: Your train will depart from the train station Paris Gare de Lyon. Therefore, book your ticket departing from the Paris Gare de Lyon and arriving at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station.

Be sure to book a ticket arriving at the Aix TGV station between 9AM and 5 PM on arrival day. Stay awake on the train and detrain at Aix TGV (about a 3 hour ride from Paris). Passengers have approximately three minutes to board and detrain which is difficult with heavy luggage on a crowded train. It might be necessary to carry luggage up/down staircases as not all French buildings are equipped with elevators.

The best rates for trains can be found on the French rail services website:

Precise information about arrival day and what to do upon arrival will be sent via email to students approximately one week before arrival day.

Travel Changes

All travel changes, delays or cancellations must be communicated to IAU using the numbers listed in the arrival information email sent to students one week before arrival day. If we are not informed of travel changes, we will not be able to assist you when you arrive.

Students arriving after 10:00 p.m. will need to find a hotel in Aix (please see the lodging section below) and inform both the Housing Coordinator and their host in order to organize a meeting time the following day. 

Lost Luggage

If your luggage does not make it with you, report this immediately to the airline; give your host's address and phone number, which we urge to have with you. If you do not have it, you can give IAU's address: 8 rue Littera, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Please note that IAU's buildings are closed on the weekends and cannot receive delayed luggage then.

If your luggage is lost or delayed, ask for an emergency toiletry kit and for authorization to buy necessary items upon arrival at your final destination, should your suitcase not reach you within 24 hours.

Early/Late Arrivals 

Students who arrive prior to or after the official arrival day, or who arrive outside of the 9am-5pm reception hours on the official arrival day, are responsible for finding their own lodging and transportation to Aix. They must also contact their host to organize a place and time to meet. Some hosts are willing to accomodate a late-night arrival on the official arrival day, but students must check with them to do so. Review IAU's travel guide for additional information on what to do if you arrive early or late.

Public shuttle buses, called “Navettes,” provide regular service between the Marseille-Provence Airport, the Aix TGV station and the gare routière (bus station) of Aix-en-Provence. This is the best and most affordable way to get to Aix on your own. The cost is about 9 euros from the airport to Aix, and about 5 euros from the train station. Reservations are not needed and tickets are purchased upon boarding the bus with cash or card.

Taxis from the Marseille-Provence airport or the Gare TGV Aix to Aix-en-Provence are another option and cost approximately 60 euros (airport) or 40 euros (train station). Taxis from the Aix-en-Provence bus station to your host family will cost about 12-15 euros. Note that taxis do not accept credit cards. 

Departure Day

Students should plan to leave their host's residence by noon on departure day. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the airport or train station on departure day as IAU does not organize departures. Please plan to depart on the official departure date.

Lodging in Aix-en-Provence

Hôtel Paul
10, avenue Pasteur
13100 Aix en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 23 23 89 
Hôtel Cardinal
24, rue Cardinale
13100 Aix en Provence
Tél : +33/4 42 38 32 30 
Hôtel les Augustins
3, rue Masse
13100 Aix en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 27 28 59
Hotel Roi Rene
24 Bd Roi René
13100 Aix-en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 37 61 00
Hotel website
Hôtel Artea
4, boulevard de la République
13100 Aix en Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 27 36 00 
Hôtel Aquabella
2, rue des Etuves
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tél : +33/4 42 99 15 00
Hôtel des Quatre Dauphins
54 rue Roux Alphéran
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 38 16 39
Hôtel Saint Christophe
2 Avenue Victor Hugo
13100 Aix-En-Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 26 01 24 


We are here to help you, so do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Please take these phone numbers with you in your carry-on luggage. In case of any flight delays/cancellations, be sure to contact IAU as soon as possible.

Important Phone Numbers

Contact: Housing Coordinator
Number for arrival day from North America: 
Number for arrival day from France:
Number for arrival day from within Europe but outside of France: