The Snow Buses and Trains to the Ski Resorts Print E-mail
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The snow trainYou can easily and quickly get to a wide range of ski resorts in the French Alps from Marseille and Aix en Provence by either coach or train. Here is everything you need to know about booking 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 21 December and 19 April 2014. 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 Terminals 3/4, 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.

The navettes blanches are only available to passengers who have also booked travel to the airport or station. You will need to supply either your flight or your train ticket reservation number when making your reservation for the snow shuttle.

This must be done at least 72 hours in advance, and costs 35€ return for adults and 17€ for children under the age of 15. There is a special fare (90€) for a group including at least one child and larger groups can charter an entire coach from 1300€. Children under two travel free of charge.

How to book: visit the snow bus website. Or telephone (+33) 8 21 20 22 03.

LE TRAIN DES NEIGES / THE SNOW TRAIN

Skiing in FranceA snow train also runs on weekends between January and March from Marseille Saint Charles, Aix Central and Manosque stations to and from 23 ski resorts in Alpes-Provence.

There is one train daily in each direction, with onward coach connections where needed, and so it's feasible to go skiing just for the day.

The 2014 timetable is not yet available. Click here to consult the 2013 Train des Neiges timetable: for a rough idea of timings (they don't vary hugely from year to year).

Here too, an advance reservation is necessary. Places are limited to 240 per train, tickets must be bought no later than noon on the Thursday before travel and cost 15€ 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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