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<map lat='43.30043258598672' lng='5.376176834106445' zoom='14' view='3' float='right' /> Marseille is the second biggest city of France, located in the south.
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 or West 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. Cars are going quite fast here, and you are actually standing on the motorway, but police are unlikely to bother you. There is not so much long distance traffic, so if you're heading far away, a "Lançon" sign is recomended. Get a lift to the péage, or the big petrol station and you'll easily get a ride to Lyon, Montpellier or anywhere further.
- Another option is to travel by bus to Aix en Provence (5 Euros) and from there either to Avignon or to Nice.
- You can also take a bus (4 Euros) to the first petrol station on the A7 in Vitrolles from the trainstation St.Charles. At the terminal of the bus (called Pierre Plantée) 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 you can get a ride to Lançon from there.
- 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.
Stand 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 work!
Got an easy ride to Toulon from a decent spot on Bd Vincent Delpuech just before the roundabout where the A50 begins. Nice open space opposite traffic lights with an extra lane for drivers to pull over in good time.
The metro is easy to blackride, walk through the open doors or follow somebody who is walking through the turnstiles with a ticket. People will hold open the doors for you if you have a backpack. If you see security, wait until they look away or go for a cigarette break. Buses are even easier, the drivers don't check for tickets and inspectors (very rare, found sometimes around Vieux-Port) wear black-purple uniforms.