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Meeting friends at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station

Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Meeting friends at the Aix-en-Provence TGV station

I need to meet friends at the new(ish) TGV station that serves Aix and the Marseille airport. Rather than parking, walking into the terminal, finding them and returning to the car, I am hoping to direct them to a convenient place where I can pull in and whisk them away.

I've been to this station but it's been a few years. I found one terminal map that indicates there is a "dépose minute" lot for dropping people off/picking them up. (The thing that French airports often charmingly call "Kiss & Fly.") Does anyone know how to find the dépose minute lot, both from the highway (for me in my car) and from inside the terminal (for my friends)? Is it clearly marked? I would love to get a better terminal map somewhere but so far no luck.

Or maybe someone has a better idea of how to hook up with my friends.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:37 PM
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If you look at Gares-en-Mouvement, there is a tab for "access and parking" which has a map (plan). On the map, you can select "voiture/taxi" and then click on "parc minute" to highlight that lot.

You can also get agood look at the station from Google Streetview.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Forgot to paste the link: http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en...gare/quartier/
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Assuming they are arriving from Paris, just tell them to exit the station on the side where they arrive and wait at the main doors (there is pretty much only one way to exit anyway).

If you don't want to park, try to arrive in your car about 10 minutes AFTER their train is due to arrive. Then just follow the signs on the East (Aix) side of the station for "Depose Minute", drive right in and pick them up.

It's really a very easy station to deal with. There are only two tracks - one heading north and one heading south. Since you can drive right past the entrance, as long as you know which side of the station they'll be leaving, you can drive right to where they will be standing.

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As kevin says, this is a truly easy station for pickups (of passengers, that is). The Dépose Minute signs are right there,and it's obvious as you arrive how to go about getting in the lane to pick someone up. If they're late you just keep circling. If you look out for and follow the taxis you'll end up in the right place.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Very good advice, everyone. The only complication might be that there appear to be two "dépose minute" areas, corresponding to the two directions the trains come from/go to, so I'll have to find a way to determine which they will be using. But I think that's possible! (BTW, the above link to gares-en-mouvement looked promising but I could never get the maps to load. It was "chargement en cours" for 15 minutes.
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