Bus Travel

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Bus Travel

Aix-en-Provence: One block west of La Rotonde, the station on Rue Lapierre (Av. de la Europe 08–91–02–40–25) is crowded with many bus companies—to/from destinations include Marseille (30 mins, every 10 mins, €5 www.navetteaixmarseille.com), Arles (1½ hrs, 6:15 am to 6:55 pm most days except Sunday; €9.20 www.lepilote.com), and Avignon (1 hr 15 mins, 7 am to 6:45 pm every day except Sunday; €15.10 www.lepilote.com).

Arles: Arles is one of the largest hubs, serviced out of the Gare Routière (bus station) on Avenue Paulin-Talabot, opposite the train station. You can travel from Arles to such stops as Nîmes (1 hr, 4 daily; €1.50 www.edgard-transport.fr) and Avignon (40 mins, 8 daily; €6.80); four buses daily head out to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (only 2 run on weekends). A bus (08–11–88–01–13 www.lepilote.com) also goes to the Camargue's Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer (45 mins, daily although schedule varies throughout the year; €2.60), Mas du Pont de Rousty, and Pont de Gau. The bus to Cavaillon (€2.10) stops at St-Rémy-de-Provence and there is daily service except on Sunday. In July and August, and June and September weekends, there's a bus (€2.10) to Les Baux-des-Provence (04–32–76–00–40 www.sudest-mobilites.fr).

Avignon: The bus station is right by the rail station on Boulevard St-Roch (58 bd. St-Roch 04–90–82–07–35); lines connect to nearby towns such as Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. St-Rémy-de-Provence is 55 minutes from Avignon by bus.

Les Baux: Buses connect with St-Rémy-de-Provence or Arles but only during July and August, with weekend service in June and September (04–32–76–00–40 www.sudest-mobilites.fr).

Luberon villages: A number of bus companies feature routes with (infrequent) buses. You can get to Gordes on the Cavaillon-Roussillon bus. It runs twice a day, morning and night, and costs €2, but sadly does not run in the summer. Voyages Arnaud has routes that include L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and Bonnieux (www.vaucluse.fr).

Marseille: The station at 3 place Victor Hugo (Rue Honnorat-91-08-16-40 www.info-ler.fr) is next to the train station and offers myriad connections to cities and small towns.

Nîmes: The bus station (Rue Ste-Félicité) connects with Montpellier, Pont du Gard, and many other places.

Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer: As the gateway to the Camargue region (in which there is little or no public transportation), a bus heads here from Arles and stops at Place de la Republique (45 mins, €2.60).

St-Rémy-de-Provence: The bus station on Place de la République is connected by frequent buses to and from Avignon (45 mins, €3.10).

A website that provides in-depth info on bus travel in the region is www.beyond.fr.

Avignon's Gare Routière (58 bd. St-Roch. 04-90-82-07-35.)

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