I arrive on Air France Saturday Aug.15th at 12:55, will I be able to catch the 1:14 train to La Sorgue, or which one will I take, and do you have a map of where I go when I arrive to catch the train?
Here is the airport web site with a little map of the airport and connecting to the train station. [original link]
You catch the free shuttle in front of Hall 1 and it's 5 minutes to the train station.
There are 66 trains per day so if you miss the first one, just get on the next one. There is a direct train from Marseille Airport to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It's the stop directly after Cavaillon. This is all on the web site above.
As to whether or not you can catch the train, it depends on whether the train is on time and how fast you move. Since I don't know whether or not you have to go through Customs, that's difficult. Personally, I would say you should plan on the next train because you have to get off the plane, get your luggage, possibly go through Passport control and then get to Hall 1 to get the shuttle and allow at least 5 minutes to get to the train station, buy your ticket and find the train. I don't think you can do that in 20 minutes.
It would help if you listed your passport country (home) or possibly told us from where you will be flying. You could list your Home Country on your Profile Page here on Virtual Tourist. Most of us will check that before answering your questions so the more information you give us, the better the answer you will get. [original VT link]
Very helpful, merci!
There are trains at the airport? I always took the bus shuttle from Marseille St Charles - In any case, that is not enough time to go through everything and of course, planes can be late! for sure!
Jean, the original directions were to take the shuttle (bus) from the airport to the train station so you are correct, there is not a train at the airport. The airport web site has maps of all this.
Hope you are well. Good to hear from you.
Thanks Beau! I have been too hot but it is going to cool down starting tomorrow, YES! Well I am glad I was not missing out on a helpful train! By googling you can easily find the hours of departure and arrival for the shuttle. It is punctual and well organized. But one must collect one's luggage, pass through customs if it is one's point of entry into Schengen Space, then of course wait for the shuttle to leave, and it takes at least half an hour, probably more, I cant recall - I think around 45 minutes - the airport is quite far from the city, 58 or 60 kilometers. Then of course one must buy the train ticket - and they give stiff fines now - very stiff - for traveling without a ticket, then locate the track in that huge station. So imagining that one could be on the train in 20 minutes after landing is way beyond optimistic! Give yourself a couple of hours, and it will be ok!
Jeanfinney - I am confused by what you say above in relation to the original question.
Why go from the airport to Marseilles St Charles ? There is the relatively new station called Vitrolles close by the airport, 5 minutes or so by the shuttle bus detailed on the airport website.
From there trains run direct to L'isle sur Sorgue, avoiding Marseille altogether.
(Although whether that is the same place as La Sorgue I know not!)
OK - that is great to know. I always arrive from elsewhere (like Montpellier) to take an airplane, so I use the main train station and the shuttle. Beausoleil told me, if I understood correctly, that it was necessary to do so. If there is a local train, that is very useful, and my original question was about the existence of an alternative station. To be investigated, for sure!
Jean, I stated in response #1 that "You catch the free shuttle in front of Hall 1 and it's 5 minutes to the train station." I also posted the link with the map and explanation. You do take a shuttle bus to the train station, but not clear into Marseille as is made clear by the map on the web site and their written directions. Since it was the airport web site, one would assume they are giving correct directions. Since we drive, we don't deal with any of this.
I think we are all assuming the poster is going to L'Isle sur la sorgue and I hope we are correct in that assumption.
A bit of confusion there...I was simply not aware of that other train station, which perhaps only serves local stops? Or maybe it is recent? I last took a plane from Marseilles over three years ago...??? I just felt stupid taking the shuttle bus when I could have continued on by train, but changing trains vs going to the shuttle would probably be more or less the same thing, and the shuttle dropped me right in front of the low cost terminal. And I had to wait hours because it was a Pegasus flight that left after 2 am, and the last shuttle I could catch (in therms of train connection) was around 11 pm, so I had plenty of time! It is good to have the info though. However, I still think that, even with a train station at the airport, allowing only 20 minutes to deplane, get luggage, possibly go through customs, buy a ticket, and get on the train is extremely tight! :)
Definitely agree thata 20 minutes is not nearly enough time. Just getting off the plane takes 20 minutes and we still don't know if the original poster has to deal with Customs or not.