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French trains or taxis

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by rich p, 15 Nov 2007.

  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I need to get from Marseilles airport to Carpentras with 4 blokes and 4 bikes. Any advice as to the best way to do this would be appreciated. I've found it hard to get train info off the internet. A large mpv seems to cost £300 to £400 which seems a bit much for a glorified taxi. A smaller car and 2 trips (80 mile round trip) could be the cheaper option. 2 taxis each way?

    Any ideas?

    cheers Rich
     
  2. djmc

    djmc Über Member

    Location:
    Quimper
    Taxis in Marseiles seem to be inordinately expensive - it cost us about 20 euros to get from the station to the port 2 years ago. This was with baggage and bikes. It may be less expensive to hire a vehicle in Marseilles to give it up in Carpentras.
     
  3. djmc

    djmc Über Member

    Location:
    Quimper
    Taxis in Marseiles seem to be inordinately expensive - it cost us about 20 euros to get from the station to the port 2 years ago. This was with baggage and bikes. It may be less expensive to hire a vehicle in Marseilles to give it up in Carpentras.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Thanks djmc. I suspect you're right. I've also found out that although Carpentras has a station it's only for freight trains and whilst I'd be happy to rough it .......

    I've also re-checked car-hire and found an espace from auto-europe.co.uk for £250 for 5 days. At £60 each that's probably not a bad price.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Thanks djmc. I suspect you're right. I've also found out that although Carpentras has a station it's only for freight trains and whilst I'd be happy to rough it .......

    I've also re-checked car-hire and found an espace from auto-europe.co.uk for £250 for 5 days. At £60 each that's probably not a bad price.
     
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    This may be too late if you've already booked the plane, but have you looked into Eurostar / TGV to Avignon and then cycle to Carpentras? This is how I'm planning on doing Mont Ventoux, which I assume is what you're up to in Carpentras.
     
  7. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    This may be too late if you've already booked the plane, but have you looked into Eurostar / TGV to Avignon and then cycle to Carpentras? This is how I'm planning on doing Mont Ventoux, which I assume is what you're up to in Carpentras.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I have but it's a lot more expensive. Brighton to Ashford + Eurostar comes to over £200 whilst the plane is £70 with BA.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I have but it's a lot more expensive. Brighton to Ashford + Eurostar comes to over £200 whilst the plane is £70 with BA.
     
  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    yeah, and £60each for the hire car, and getting to Gatwick, and fuel, motorway tolls etc...

    Sounds like a fun trip anyway:biggrin:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I'd like to do the TGV but the plane is still a fair bit better in terms of price and convevience. There is no cost getting to Gatwick for me and we have a car for independence thrown in should we wish to drive and cycle somewhere else one day. Also with a 7 am flight we can be in Carpentras by midday which is a bonus on a 5 day trip.