Travel to AofA09 in Frejus: a survival kit
Travel to AofA09 in Frejus
Most AofA09 participants will probably land in Nice Airport.
Here are some indications about what to do to get to Frejus--St Raphael.
If you are coming from far and wish to break your journey,
Nice is a good choice: it has many hotels, is an interesting city,
and, in this perod of the year, should be very pleasant.
In case you land in Marseille(s) or need/wish
to break your journey in Paris, see the
bottom of the page.
There are public transportation connections
roughly every second hour, between Nice and Frejus/St Raphael,
and the trip itself will be about 1h15 minutes. Here is a summary.
You may also refer to the following sites:
- St Raphael and Frejus are adjacent cities. It seems
taxis are more easily found from St Raphael than Frejus,
for the last few kilometres or so that it takes to get to Villa Clythia.
- Nice is the second largest airport in France with excellent facilities.
The airport is close to the city and the main train station.
- Details of the return trip are not listed here:
there are symetrical ways to get back to Nice Airport, either in the early evening
of Friday or the morning of Saturday (neither trains
nor buses accumulate in Frejus!).
Warning: this is meant to be a survival kit,
with indications on what to expect when you plan your trip;
it's nothing but a quick compilation from the web.
0. SPECIAL AofA SHUTTLE BUS from Nice Airport, Terminal 2
SPECIAL SHUTTLE BUS: The organizers give more
detailed/precise information here about a
special shuttle bus leaving at 6:30pm (18:30) on Sunday from Nice
Airport, Terminal 2, at "Point Information" [I believe this lies
immediately outside the terminal on arrival level; please check once you've arrived].
1. BUS from Nice Airport to Frejus/St Raphael (train and bus station)
There are buses every day on 9.00 - 12.30 - 15.45 - 19.30
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes. Departs:
Nice, Terminal 1, platform 5; Terminal 2; platform 1.
(busline AVIABUS, it'd seem).
Source: Nice Airport > Access and Parking > Busses and shuttles -> CHOOSE YOUR CITY.
The site of Villa
Clythia also gives the schedule of another company, Car Phoceens,
with buses leaving the airport at 8:15 and 12:15.
2. TRAIN from Nice (main train station) to St Raphael (train station)
On Sunday 14th June 2009,
there are three direct trains that take about an hour:
at 10h11, 16h01, 18h32.
Source: French Railways (SNCF).
From Nice Airport to Nice Main train station
The airport is fairly close to the city (estimate: 20 minutes).
Either take one of the
shuttle buses to Nice or a taxi.
3. TAXI from Nice Airport to Frejus
About 50 minutes. Rates on a Sunday, as of 2009,
should be around 180Euros. It may be worth it,
if there are two or three people together.
Taxis go by the meter with moderate additional charges for luggage, airport, and
4th passenger. Tip (up to 10% for this fare) is entirely optional
and it should reward the quality of service.
Source: Nice Airport > Access and Parking > Taxis.
4. CAR RENTAL from Nice Airport to Frejus
About 50 minutes. All the major car rental companies
have a booth at Nice Airport. Since this is the beginning of the high season,
it may be preferable to book in advance.
5. VIA/FROM MARSEILLE(S) --- just in case
This is probably only of value for those who would break their journey in
Paris. Please note:
- If you're starting your French journey
from Paris (city, not airport), you're probably better off just taking
the very fast trains to Marseille(s) (1st class is comfortable,
but 2nd class is OK). Duration is 3 hours.
There are trains every hour, leaving from "Gare de Lyon" in central Paris.
There is a train from Paris to St Raphael leaving Paris at 7:46 am and reaching
St Raphael at 12:22. Duration: 4h36min. [Credit: Wojtek Szpankowski!]
- Marseilles' airport is far away from the city on the North.
A shuttle bus probably takes some 45 minutes and a taxi ride is probably about 70 Euros
to the main train station in Marseilles [called "Gare St Charles"]..
- Marseille--St Raphael, on Sunday, has trains at
7:26, 10:59, 14:29, 15:57. Duration is around 1h45.
Last modified: Fri Jun 12 19:17:14 CEST 2009