Travel Logistics

Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence
Air Travel
Train Travel
On Your Way & Lost Luggage
Independent Arrival
Departure Day
Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
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Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence, France

Students are expected to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time on the following dates:

Spring 2018 Summer 2017
Early Start (Optional): Saturday, January 13th Session A Arrival: Saturday, June 2
Semester: Saturday, January 20th  Session B Arrival: Saturday, June 2
Session C Arrival: Saturday, June 23


We encourage students to fly into the Marseille-Provence airport (MRS) which is 25 minutes from Aix. For students already in Europe, it is also possible to travel to Aix-en-Provence by high speed train (TGV) from Paris, and most other major European cities. On arrival day, IAU staff will be meeting students at the Marseille-Provence airport or the Aix-en-Provence TGV Train station, at times and places specified in the air and train travel sections below. Please note that IAU does not provide arrival services at the Marseille St. Charles train station. 

Once travel is booked, please submit your itinerary through the MyIAU Student Portal and e-mail it to and by the deadlines listed on the pre-departure requirements page. This information will help us prepare for your arrival and increase the likelihood of it going smoothly.

Air Travel

If students arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Marseille Provence airport (MRS), IAU staff, clearly identified by the red and white IAU logo, will be waiting after the baggage claim area. 

If students cannot find the IAU staff at the airport, they should pick up their luggage and go to the information booth on the ground floor of Hall 1 and ask the personnel to help locate IAU staff.

Train Travel

Students traveling via train from Paris must book their ticket to arrive at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station, NOT the Marseille St. Charles station. 

Students who plan to take the train (TGV) after arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport should book a ticket departing from the TGV Station at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 2).

However, students who will already be in central Paris before coming to Aix should book their ticket departing from the train station in Paris,  Paris Gare de Lyon.  Therefore, book your ticket departing from the Gare de Lyon in Paris and arriving at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station.

Plan to arrive at the Aix TGV station between 9AM and 5 PM on arrival day. Be sure to stay awake on the train and detrain at Aix TGV (about a 3 hour ride from Paris); otherwise, you may wind up in Marseille, Toulon or Nice! Passengers have approximately three minutes to board and detrain which is extremely difficult with heavy luggage on a crowded train. 

Trains in Europe have very limited space for luggage so please pack light. It might be necessary to carry luggage up/down staircases as not all French buildings are equipped with elevators.

When arriving at the TGV Aix-en-Provence station and exiting the train, look for the sign at the bottom of the escalator “Point de Rencontre.” There will be an IAU staff member there carrying the blue and white IAU logo.

The best rates for trains can be found on the French rail services website:

On Your Way

All travel changes, delays or cancellations must be communicated to IAU using the numbers listed below.

Students arriving after 10:00 p.m. will need to find a hotel in Aix (please see the lodging section below) and inform both the Housing Coordinator and their host in order to organize a meeting time the following day. 

Lost Luggage

If your luggage does not make it with you, report this immediately to the airline; give your host's address and phone number, which we urge to have with you. If you do not have it, you can give IAU's address: 8 rue Littera, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. (Please note that there will be no one at IAU on Sunday to receive your delayed luggage.)

If your luggage is lost or delayed, ask for an emergency toiletry kit and for authorization to buy necessary items upon arrival at your final destination, should your suitcase not reach you within 24 hours.

Other Arrivals and Lodging

Students who arrive prior to the official arrival day, or who arrive before 9am or after 5pm on the official arrival day, are responsible for finding their own lodging and transportation to Aix. They must also contact their host to organize a place and time to meet.

Review IAU's travel guide for additional information.

Public shuttle buses, called “Navettes,” provide regular service between the Marseille-Provence Airport, the Aix TGV station and the gare routière (bus station) of Aix-en-Provence. They run frequently and are an easy way to travel. The cost is about 13 euros from the airport to Aix, and about 6 euros from the train station. Reservations are not needed and tickets are purchased upon boarding the bus with cash or card.

It may be necessary to take a taxi from the Aix-en-Provence bus station to the Institute at 8 rue Littera, or to your host family, which will cost about 12-15 euros.

Taxis from the Marseille-Provence airport or the Gare TGV Aix to Aix-en-Provence are another option and cost approximately 60 euros (airport) or 40 euros (train station).

The Aix-en-Provence Guide has lodging information in Aix-en-Provence if you arrive before arrival day. It is also possible to do a search on the Internet for hotels in Aix or to contact one of the hotels listed in the lodging section below.

Departure from France

For returning to the U.S. once the semester is completed, students should plan to leave their host's residence by noon on departure day. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the airport or train station on departure day, as IAU does not organize departures. Please plan to depart on the following dates.

Lodging in Aix-en-Provence

Hôtel Paul
10, avenue Pasteur
13100 Aix en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 23 23 89 
Hôtel Cardinal
24, rue Cardinale
13100 Aix en Provence
Tél : +33/4 42 38 32 30 
Hôtel les Augustins
3, rue Masse
13100 Aix en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 27 28 59
Hotel Roi Rene
24 Bd Roi René
13100 Aix-en Provence
Tel : +33/4 42 37 61 00
Hotel website
Hôtel Artea
4, boulevard de la République
13100 Aix en Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 27 36 00 
Hôtel Aquabella
2, rue des Etuves
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tél : +33/4 42 99 15 00
Hôtel des Quatre Dauphins
54 rue Roux Alphéran
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 38 16 39
Hôtel Saint Christophe
2 Avenue Victor Hugo
13100 Aix-En-Provence
Tél. : +33/4 42 26 01 24 


We are here to help you, so do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Meghan Devine, Housing Coordinator
Arianna Zabriskie, Coordinator of Admissions (Summer, Customized, J-term)
Jennifer Plote, Admissions Counselor (Semester)

Please take these phone numbers with you in your carry-on luggage. In case of any flight delays/cancellations, be sure to contact IAU as soon as possible.

Important Phone Numbers

Contact: Housing Coordinator
Number for arrival day from North America: 
Number for arrival day from France:
Number for arrival day from within Europe but outside of France: