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Aigues Morte Canal Trip

Traveling from West Coast to Aigues Morte. Is it better to fly into Montpellier or Marseilles. I will arrive one day earlier than canal trip begins.

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It would be more relaxing to spend the night before the canal trip in Aigues Morte. Montpellier airport is closer, only 25km. From Marseille airport to Aigues Morte takes 2.5-3.5 hours, usually with 2 connections, but the whole thing only comes together conveniently a few times per day, according to DB train schedules.

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a second vote for Montpellier. It's much closer. But it would be helpful if you can tell us how you plan to get from your flight arrival destination to the start of the canal trip.

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Friends have suggested flying into Marseilles. Taking the TGV train to Nimes, spend the night and travel to Aigues Morte in the a.m.
More train connections from MRS to Nimes, than from Montpellier to Aigues Morte (that train goes to Nimes anyway)

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Friends have suggested flying into Marseilles. Taking the TGV train to Nimes, spend the night and travel to Aigues Morte in the a.m.
More train connections from MRS to Nimes, than from Montpellier to Aigues Morte (that train goes to Nimes anyway)

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Your friend's suggestion sounds good if you aren't planning on renting a car.

There is a train station close to the Marseille airport named Virtrolles. There is a shuttle bus from the airport to the train station which takes about 6 minutes. You can only get regional trains from here but it is possible to get one to Nimes.

If you want the TGV fast train, you will have to take a shuttle service (called a navette) to either Marseille St. Charles (the main train station in town) or to Aix en Provence TGV station or the Aix en Provence bus station.

This link may help you understand your options in terms of getting to a train from the Marseille airport (which is between Marseille and Aix en Provence)

http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/trains

The other poster's link to Bahn.de will help you see the train schedules to Nimes and from there to Aigues Morte.

BTW - there's a very large sea salt making facility in Aigues Morte. We took a tour but it's a bit of a drive out of town. However, I recommend buying some sea salt from the area when you are there as it's made (well evaporated anyway), locally.

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Mispelled the train station name. It should be

VITROLLES