We are going to Cassis in Oct. where can we visit on the local transport and is it easy.
Cassis doesn't have a good transportation. You have to take the shuttle to the train because it is steep uphill and about 4km from the village. It is not the most convenient base for visits as you will spend time on transport. The best is to have a car there, but parking is an issue. We had parking at our apartment. But really we were there to relax mostly with our 4 years old at the time.
Here is the list of buses.
To the calanques there are boats, but don't know for October. Also the small train brings you to Port Miou the first calanque, not sure either if it runs in October.
There are vineyards around Cassis.
Cassis is going to start to get pretty quiet by mid-October. And it is best to have a car. Parking won't be an issue at all in October.
The train station is outside of town and while the walk from the station into town is fine, the walk back up the hill to the station....not so much.
There are shuttle buses, but they don't always coincide with the train arrivals.
There is a shuttle bus from the town to the station, or you can walk. It's about 2 miles. The shuttle bus timetable is here ot-cassis.com/fr/bus-intra-urbain-la-marcoul…
are there taxis? just thinking of departing with bags
Yes. Upon your arrival it's enough just to call the number clearly seen near the train station, a taxi will arrive shortly. Upon your departure, especially if you leave in the early morning you have to book a taxi the day before.
In order to move about on public transportation, you at least have to plan well, otherwise you will spend most of your time on transit and waiting at bus stops or stations. Train timetables can be researched at www.voyages-sncf.com, buses and metros of the departement http://www.lepilote.com/ and Marseille http://www.rtm.fr/ ; public transportation of Aix http://www.aixenbus.fr/ , La Ciotat http://www.ciotabus.fr/ , Var (area from St Cyr sur Mer to St Raphaël) http://www.varlib.fr/ and Toulon & surroundings http://www.reseaumistral.com/
You could perhaps consider contracting a driver to take you on a day's sightseeing trip, as the driving distances are reasonable, you basically pay for time spent rather than mileage. Your hotel or Cassis tourist office could be helpful. Not cheap but may pay off, well planned. A drive along the most coastal roads available (including Route des Cretes) to Bandol or Sanary, including lunch at e.g. La Cadiere or Le Castellet villages could be a great way to spend a day. The alternative is doing something similar towards inland by car, but I think that the train/bus trip to Aix is a very good suggestion. Do not forget Cezanne once at Aix.
To be noted, I dare say that Nice is perhaps the best choice for non-drivers on the whole coast. You can get out from the most touristic places to many very interesting and beautiful spots from there, by using bus and trains. See www.nicetourisme.com
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