Travel Logistics

Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence
Air Travel & Flights with STA Travel
Train Travel
On Your Way & Lost Luggage
Independent Arrival
Departure Day
Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
WSA Travel: IAU is part of the WSA network which provides students with safe travel options abroad.
Contact Information

We recommend students print this page and taking it with them as they travel.

Arrivals in Aix-en-Provence, France

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

Summer 2017 in Aix-en-Provence 

Session A Arrival: Saturday, June 3
Session B Arrival: Saturday, June 3
Session C Arrival: Saturday, June 24

Fall 2017 in Aix-en-Provence

Early Start (Optional): Saturday, September 2nd 
Semester: Saturday, September 9th 

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.

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.

STA Travel 

IAU highly recommends booking your flight through STA Travel. STA will provide competitive rates, personal support and an Airfare Deposit Program upon exclusive ticket availability. Learn more about STA by visiting their homepage

STA can be contacted by calling their toll free number 1-877-777-8717 or by completing the IAU-STA Travel Webform. STA Travel is familiar with IAU's travel dates; please mention to the agent that you're attending IAU College so they can refer to these details during your consultation. Bookings can be made Monday-Saturday 6am-7pm PST.

Train Travel

Students can take a train to Aix-en-Provence from Paris, and from most other major European cities. If students plan to take the high speed train (TGV) after arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport, make sure to book your ticket departing from the TGV Station at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 2) arriving at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station.

However, students who will already be in central Paris before coming to Aix should book their ticket departing from the train station in Paris called:  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-en-Provence TGV station between 9AM and 5 PM on arrival day. Be sure to stay awake on the train and detrain at Aix-en-Provence TGV (about a 3 hour ride from Paris); otherwise, you may wind up in Marseille, Toulon or Nice (which are the usual final destinations of trains from Paris)! 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.

Make sure to have The School of Humanities and Social Sciences phone number in case you need to call us anytime during your trip to advise us of unexpected delays! (See list of important phone numbers below)

Contact Rail Europe at (800) 438-7245 or and book both a 2nd class ticket and reserve a seat. Ask for the 12-25 youth fare.  

On Your Way

If your scheduled arrival time changes due to a flight or train delay or cancellation, make sure to call IAU College using the number listed below. If arriving between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on arrival day, call the alternate number listed below.

Students arriving after 10:00 p.m. will need to find a hotel in Aix (please see the lodging section below) and call the alternate number on Sunday morning after 8:00 a.m. so we may arrange the meeting between the student and their host.

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 College's address: 2 bis, rue du Bon Pasteur 13100 Aix-en-Provence. (Please note that there will be no one at IAU College 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

For those students who fly into Marseille/Provence airport (MRS) or take the train to the Aix-en-Provence TGV station on dates other than “arrival day” or when IAU staff is not present at the airport or train station, you are responsible for finding your own lodging and transportation to Aix-en-Provence.

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 8 euros from the airport to Aix, and about 4 euros from the train station. Reservations are not needed and tickets are purchased upon boarding the bus.

It may be necessary to take a taxi from the Aix-en-Provence bus station to the Institute at 2 bis rue du Bon Pasteur, 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. Please plan to depart on the following dates.

Please do not plan on leaving the night before departure day as there are activities until the last minute and you don’t want to miss them. You may stay longer, provided you make your own housing arrangements.

Lodging in Aix-en-Provence
We do not recommend staying in Marseille.

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: IAU College
Number for arrival day from North America:
Number for arrival day from France: 
Number for arrival day from within Europe but outside of France: 00.33.

Contact: Ms. Margaux Hofstedt Student Life Coordinator
Alternate Phone Number from North America: 
Alternate Phone Number from France:
Alternate Phone Number from within Europe but outside of France:

IAU College Address for Arrival Day on Jan. 18th and Jan. 25th
8, rue de Littéra
13100 Aix-en-Provence, France