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DIY Marseille to Aix - do I have enough time?

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Hi all.  Our cruise will be arriving in Marseille on May 28th, 2020 and we are scheduled to dock at 07:00.  I wanted to go to Aix on a DIY as we are doing tours at almost every other port, but I am seriously worried about time as we aren't in port very long.  I was able to find a picture of the free shuttle schedule (it doesn't even show that the shuttles are running on Thursdays in May) but if they are, they won't leave the port until almost 09:00.  I could always try to find a taxi at the cruise port to take us to the train station earlier, but I've heard they are hit or miss.  After that I'd have to get to the train station and take the train to Aix.  We would need to be back in Marseille no later than 14:30 to catch the shuttle back to the port as our boat leaves at 16:00 and my DH tends to stress about not getting back on time.  I'd love some opinion/suggestions from those who have done this so that I'd have an idea of just how much time we'd actually have to walk around Aix without feeling stressed at having to get back.   My only other tour option for this port would be to get transportation to the Old Port and catch a tour boat for the Calanques as I know that would be manageable in the amount of time we have.   Suggestions?

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We did this trip by free shuttle from port, walking from shuttle terminus to the train station, and taking the bus from adjacent to train station, but our port day was longer.

 

I think you have plenty of time, but how much money do you want to spend?  If budget is not a limiting factor, then you could either (1) go all the way from Marseille port to Aix-en-Provence via Uber, with fare estimate of 41-54 euro, or (2) take Uber to the train station, and then take train the rest of the way, with Uber fare estimate of 15-19 euro to train station.

 

I don't think you have sufficient time to wait for the free shuttle.  Try to get off the ship as close to 0700 as possible.  If you see a taxi, then take it to the train station. Otherwise, consider an Uber either to the train station or all the way to Aix-en-Provence.

 

If budget is  a limiting factor, then wait for the free shuttle, and stay in Marseille.

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You could also consider taking a taxi from the cruise terminal to the airport which is only 20 or 30 mins max  depending on traffic. You could try to find an estimated cost ahead of time.

 

There are buses which run every 30 minutes from the airport to Aix, calling at both the  train and bus stations. Seven days a week, from early to late.  Info on the airport website.

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On 7/7/2019 at 7:57 PM, epixx said:

We did this trip by free shuttle from port, walking from shuttle terminus to the train station, and taking the bus from adjacent to train station, but our port day was longer.

 

I think you have plenty of time, but how much money do you want to spend?  If budget is not a limiting factor, then you could either (1) go all the way from Marseille port to Aix-en-Provence via Uber, with fare estimate of 41-54 euro, or (2) take Uber to the train station, and then take train the rest of the way, with Uber fare estimate of 15-19 euro to train station.

 

I don't think you have sufficient time to wait for the free shuttle.  Try to get off the ship as close to 0700 as possible.  If you see a taxi, then take it to the train station. Otherwise, consider an Uber either to the train station or all the way to Aix-en-Provence.

 

If budget is  a limiting factor, then wait for the free shuttle, and stay in Marseille.

Thanks so much for this information!  I use them all of the time here in the states but for some reason I never even considered using Uber for transportation there.  I think our best option is to take an Uber directly from the cruise port to Aix and back.  Do you know if we can expect an Uber to be readily available for transportation back to Marseille from Aix?  I can convince my DH to do this as long as I can reassure him that we won't have any trouble getting back to the port in time. 

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Important - The Aix train station is closed for the summer (2019) due to construction:

https://www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frqxb/aix-provence

 

To get from Marseille to Aix, by public transit, you have to take a 30 minute bus ride:

 

  1. Bus from Gare St. Charles to Aix, fare 6 €

    1. Bus 50 leaves every 10 minutes from Gare St Charles MARSEILLE to Gare Routiere Quai 01 AIX-EN-PROVENCE See http://www.rtm.fr or https://www.lepilote.com

  2. Bus from Aix to Gare St. Charles

    1. Bus 50 leaves every 10 minutes from 14:30 onwards, duration 31 min

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How far is the walk from the shuttle drop off to the train station?

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On 7/19/2019 at 2:28 PM, cos24 said:

How far is the walk from the shuttle drop off to the train station?

About 1.6 km from the usual drop off location.

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Anybody know how easy it is to get an Uber in Aix back to Marseille?

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I rode Uber today from Marseille St Charles to Aix. The cost was €50. The trip took about 30 minutes on a freeway. It was very easy.

 

At the end of our excursion, we took bus 50 from Aix to St Charles station. It also took 30 minutes and cost €6 per person.

 

I checked the Uber app for you while in Aix and it showed that an Uber driver was available in 4 minutes. You can do this yourself in the Uber app by manually setting your pickup point to Aix.

 

In summary, both Uber and Bus 50 are excellent options for travel between Marseille and Aix.

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On 7/5/2019 at 12:36 PM, pjfnme said:

Hi all.  Our cruise will be arriving in Marseille on May 28th, 2020 and we are scheduled to dock at 07:00.  I wanted to go to Aix on a DIY as we are doing tours at almost every other port, but I am seriously worried about time as we aren't in port very long.  I was able to find a picture of the free shuttle schedule (it doesn't even show that the shuttles are running on Thursdays in May) but if they are, they won't leave the port until almost 09:00.  I could always try to find a taxi at the cruise port to take us to the train station earlier, but I've heard they are hit or miss.  After that I'd have to get to the train station and take the train to Aix.  We would need to be back in Marseille no later than 14:30 to catch the shuttle back to the port as our boat leaves at 16:00 and my DH tends to stress about not getting back on time.  I'd love some opinion/suggestions from those who have done this so that I'd have an idea of just how much time we'd actually have to walk around Aix without feeling stressed at having to get back.   My only other tour option for this port would be to get transportation to the Old Port and catch a tour boat for the Calanques as I know that would be manageable in the amount of time we have.   Suggestions?

 

We'll be there two days before you.  This is my last port where I'm trying to come up with what we want to do, as I know nothing about that part of France.  Day 1 of Marseille research has begun...LOL 

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I'll be going before you but decided to take the ship's "Aix de Provence do it yourself tour."  We rarely do ship tours, but decided with the time limitations and such that we would give this option a try.

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On 11/12/2019 at 8:16 AM, Markanddonna said:

I'll be going before you but decided to take the ship's "Aix de Provence do it yourself tour."  We rarely do ship tours, but decided with the time limitations and such that we would give this option a try.

 

We did this and while it may have been a few bucks extra it was simple and easy.  It was actually less than the Uber fare quoted above). We had a great day in Aix.

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We plan to visit  Marseille on board of Crown Princess in the middle of April. For this port we consider only DIY tours as  we plan guided tours for all the other ports. For both of us it will be the first time in Marseille. The ship will dock from 8 am till 5 pm. Not too much time.... Any suggestions? What will be more interesting for us: to stay in Marseille for the entire day  or go to  Aix? Thank you!

Jess

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