The best ways to get to Circuit Paul Ricard for the 2019 French Grand Prix on 20-23 June, including advice on the best airports to fly into and getting around in Marseille.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own private jet, you can fly into Le Castellet Airport, which adjoins the circuit. Otherwise, you’ll need to get a regular scheduled flight to Marseille Provence (MRS), the largest hub close to the circuit. France’s fifth busiest airport, around 65km from Circuit Paul Ricard, serves mainly European flights with carriers such as Ryanair, EasyJet and Volotea, but also has seasonal flights to long-haul destinations such as Montréal. It’s also worth considering Toulon Hyères (TLN), but the number of connections are limited. If you are travelling long-haul, you may also fly into Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE), which is less than 200km from the circuit and has a much larger selection of flights, including direct connections to New York and the Middle East.
Don’t forget that France has an extensive network of high-speed TGV trains. The train from Paris to Marseille takes just 3 hours 25 minutes to cover 750km! Book in advance on SNCF for cheaper fares.
How to get to Circuit Paul Ricard?
Circuit Paul Ricard is located near the town of Le Castellet in a semi-rural region, approximately 40km to the east of Marseille in the direction of Toulon. After significant issues with road access last year, the French Grand Prix organizers have put into place a new 'mobility plan' for 2019 including a Park & Ride facility in La Ciotat for 4000 vehicles. Here’s the best ways to get to Circuit Paul Ricard in 2019:
- F1 Experiences: booked your hotel with us? Daily coach transfers to and from the circuit are included with your package.
- Shuttle Buses: daily shuttle buses are put on by the organizers from Marseille, Toulon, Nice and Aix-en-Provence. Daily return fares are priced from €40-60, depending on distance. Click here to book.
- Driving: cars with 5 or more passengers are entitled to use a special lane for quicker access to the circuit this year plus avail of trackside parking. Otherwise, we recommend using the Park & Ride facility in La Ciotat. Click here to register.
- Taxi/Ride Sharing: a taxi from Marseille to the circuit should set you back around €100 each way. Another option is to take the train to one of the nearest stations to the track (Bandol and Aubagne are approximately 20 km away), then a taxi to the circuit.
Getting around in Marseille and on the Côte d'Azur
- Marseille Provence Airport to City: a free 5-minute shuttle bus connects the airport to the Vitrolles- aéroport Marseille Provence train station. From there, it’s only a 17-minute ride to the center of Marseille (Saint Charles train station) or you can take trains further afield. Coaches also serve Marseille and other major towns in the region. Click here for more information. A taxi from the airport to the center of Marseille should cost €50 during the day and €60 at night. Click here for more information and indicative fares.
- Public transport in Marseille: France’s second largest city has two metro lines (blue and red), three tram lines and over 80 bus lines. Single trips cost €1.70 or you can buy a 24-hour (€5.20) or 72-hour pass (€10.80). The more expensive City Pass, only available from tourism offices, also provides access to various cultural attractions (from €26 for 24 hours to €41 for 72 hours). Click here for more information.
- Marseille Taxis: always ensure the driver uses the meter. Reputable companies include Taxi Radio Marseille (+33 4 91 02 20 20) and Taxi Tupp Radio (+33 4 91 05 80 80).
- Driving: whilst driving to the circuit each day is not recommended, the best way to explore the beautiful Côte d'Azur region is by car. Make sure you have an up-to-date GPS or internet-enabled smartphone. You should also avoid the narrow city centre streets in Marseille and always use secure parking.
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