Going to Marseille is usually easy, but getting out of it might be a bit more complicated as there are many highways crossing nearby.
North by A7, towards A8, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Lyon, Montpellier or Nice
- You can stand on the entrance to the L'Autoroute de Soleil (A7), 3 minutes' walk northwest from the central station Gare Saint Charles. From the station main entrance, follow the blue road signs for the autoroute. It is quite possible that there will be other hitchhikers there. It seems to be a fantastic spot(Currently there is a lot of construction on the entrance going on and there isn't really room for anyone to stop for you. 10/19/2011).
- You can try at the roundabout near the Arc de Triomphe − Place Jules Guesde. That is where the L'Autoroute de Soleil starts. Place yourself just before the highway begins, still on the roundabout.
- Another option is to travel by bus to Aix en Provence (5 Euros) and from there either to Avignon or to Nice.
- It is highly recommended to first go north via A7 and then take the A8. The alternative - A50 east to Toulon and then up to A8 - is by far less frequented, since the highway goes directly through the city of Toulon, with traffic lights and speed limits.
The best spots are to stay posted just before the entrance of the motorway Toulon Aubagne : boulevard Rabatau, just in front of the Kyriad Hotel or Boulevard Jean Moulin, just after the last trafic light, at the entrance of the motorway which turns on the left. With a sign Nice it'll works!
North and West to Lyon and Montpellier
- Because of the changing of the departure of the highway its a little bit difficult to hitchhike in the city. The highway dont start at the Arc de Triomphe anymore. Now where the highway starts you can only stay at a traffic light which seems quiet difficult.
- But you can take a bus from the trainstation St.Charles to Vitrolles (a little village outside of Marseille). At the terminal of the bus (called Pierre Plantee) with the terminal at your back you go down the street on the other side of the roundabout. arriving at the highway you turn right and you will see the pertrolstation (Agip). Its only a little station but for asking for a lift to the next bigger petrolstation 20km away (called Lancon) its enough. From this station you get easily a lift in direction to the north and the west.