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Useful Information

Electricity

In France, two types of electrical sockets are used: Europlug and Schuko (two circular pins).

If your electrical appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter.
Voltage: 220-240V
Frequency: 50Hz

Currency

The Euro (€) is the official currency in France and in many other countries of the European Union. You can pay by cash and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere (some smaller shops might require a minimum amount to pay by credit card). The most accepted credit cards are ©Visa and ©Mastercard. Please note that bank notes bigger than 50€ are usually not accepted, you need to get a change in a bank.

You can change currency at the airport or in the city centre of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.

Smoking

In France, smoking is strictly forbidden in public places such as airports, restaurants, bars or shops.

Highway Code

In France, the Code is similar to the European Highway Code.

The speed limit is
  • 50km/h in towns
  • 90km/h on main roads
  • 130km/h on motorways


  • Motorways are distinguished by a prefix “A”. There are many toll Motorways in France (A7, A8, A9, A51), you can pay directly at the barrier with coins or your credit card (not all credit cards are accepted).

    For more information on French Motorways:
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    Phone Cards & Internet

    There are 4 telecom operators in France: Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile.

    You can buy prepaid sim cards if you have a sim-free mobile phone. If you wish to buy a new phone, please keep in mind that mobile phones sold at operator’s boutique are usually sim-locked and will not work with sim cards of other operators.

    Sim cards usually come with a rechargeable internet connection to your smartphone. In general, public places (stations, coffee shops, restaurants, stores) have free Wifi connection available.

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    Public Transport

    The department of Bouches-du-Rhone has a dense network of public transport. You can buy tickets in the ticket office or directly on the bus. You have to make a sign to the bus driver otherwise the bus will not stop. You have to get on at the front door and present a valid ticket or pass.
    Marseille
    For more information on Bus, Underground, Tramway Network in Marseille, please visit
    the website.

    MAP
     
    Marseille – Aix-en-Provence
    There is a direct bus line (L50) every 5 minutes between Aix-en-Provence bus station and Marseille Saint-Charles train station.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    Brochure L50
     
    Aix en Provence / TGV / Marseille-Provence Airport
    There is a direct bus line (L40) between Aix-en-Provence bus station / TGV station / Marseille Provence Airport.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    Brochure L40
     
    Aix-en-Provence
    The Aix-en-Bus public transport network provides buses in the city centre and villages around Aix-en-Provence.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    Map of city centre
     
    Cartreize Network
    The most important agglomerations around Marseille and Aix-en-Provence (Aubage, la Ciotat, Vitrolles, Martigues, Salon de Provence and Arles) are connected by the Cartreize bus network.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    Brochure
     
    SNCF Train Network
    For more information on Train Network in France.

    Website
     
    Nice Airport
    The Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport is located 172 kms from Aix-en-Provence.
    There is a direct line (L20) from Marseille to Nice Airport via Aix-en-Provence.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    Brochure L20
     

    National Holidays

    In France, shops, restaurants, post offices and banks are usually closed on Sunday and during the following national holidays:
    1st January – New Year’s Day
    March/April – Easter Monday
    1st May – Labour Day
    8th May – Victory in Europe Day
    40 days after Easter Monday – Ascension Day
    50 days after Easter Monday – Pentecost
    14th July – Bastille Day
    15th August – Assumption Day
    1st November – All Saints’ Day
    11th November – Armistice Day
    25th December – Christmas Day
    Please note that public transport schedules may also change.

    Time & Weather

    Standard time in France is an hour after GMT/UTC. Summer time is between the last weekend of March (clocks are turned 1 hour forward) and the last weekend of October (clocks are turned 1 hour backward).

    Along the Mediterranean Sea, winters are milder and summers are hotter compared to other regions in France. The warmest and driest month is July (max. average 29°C / min. average 16°C) and the coolest is December (max. average 10°C / min. average 2°C). The best period for going to the beach is from July to September (temperature of the Sea is between 21 and 24°C).