Getting here and general travel info
Flying to Provence
Consider changing at an airport other than Paris. Lauda Air has connections from Vienna to Nice and KLM provides a service from Amsterdam to Marseille or Toulouse. Choosing a southern city airport is far more convenient and closer to your final destination.
Affordable Easy Jet flights run from major UK airports, including Edinburgh and London Gatwick to Nice and Marseille. Look out for cheap rates on their websites.
Car leasing vs Car Rentals
If staying in Europe for more than 17 days, the option to lease rather than rent is worth considering.
Renault, Citroen and Peugeot offer leasing programmes at more attractive tax free (TVA) rates than renting.
Driving in France
French driving habits to be aware of when on holiday are speed and the tendency to overtake – don’t be intimidated, just stay alert and out of the overtaking lanes on motorways.
Throughout France, you will have the choice to to take the peage (tollway) route or to stick to the secondary roads (route nationale). Tolls can be expensive and in most situations, require you to take a ticket which can be awkward for left-hand drivers travelling alone. On the bright side, they are well maintained and fast.
From the airport
The Cotignac area is 25 minutes from Autoroute A8.
Nice and Marseille airports are each 80 mins drive away.
Toulon-Hyeres is 80 minutes-drive away and runs flights all year from London Stanstead, Brussels and Paris.
Nearest train stations are:
- Les Arcs, 50 mins
- Toulon (TGV available), 75 mins
- Aix-en-Provence (TGV available), 75 mins
London to Aix-en-Provence TGV station takes about 6.5 hours.
Car hire is available at all locations.