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Is this not recommended? Departing Marseille on a 11:30 am flight

We are staying with friends for 6 days in Rousillion this April and would like to spend our last night or two in Aix before departing on an 11:30am flight out of Marseille. If we hired a driver to take us that morning would that be advisable? If so, how much time should we allow to get to Marseille from Aix and how many hours should we be at the airport before the flight? I know Marseille's airport is very manageable. Or should we take the safe bet and stay by the airport (I hate this idea).

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5302 posts

You are fine staying in Aix the night before your flight.

Posted by
1122 posts

This should be easy-peasy by bus or train. Aix is a major regional transport hub, and you shoot right on down to the airport.

And yes, MRS supereasy to motivate to and in.

Posted by
1653 posts

The airport is halfway between Marseille and Aix. No issue at all even for an 8AM flight, let alone an 11:30AM flight.

Posted by
3430 posts

Marseille Provence airport is an efficient operation, including its website:

Click on Access to see various ways to get there from Aix-en-Provence. You certainly do not have to go through Marseille. The frequent bus service, for instance, taking about 30 minutes. Taxi or limo would be luxury but not a huge expense.
For any long international flight, two hours in advance is a rule-of-thumb. Trying to arrive at the last minute costs more in stress than any time saving is worth. Your airline website may give more authoritative advice concerning airports it serves. Anyhow, arriving early allows time for a stress-free airport breakfast.

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There is a shuttle bus from Aix to MRS, every 30 minutes.

I'm usually at MRS two hours before my international flights (international within Europe - in or out of Schengen area), and it is usually incredibly dull (1 hour would be plenty of time almost always).

The tricky thing at MRS is finding the right terminal building (1 or 2, completely separate) and then finding the right security line in that building (in the terminal with the budget airlines, there is only one line). If you go through the wrong security line, you may have to retrace your steps... However, in my experience, there usually a lot of very helpful staff around, who will actually read your boarding pass and alert you that you've messed up, and explain to you where to go. :-)