There are a number of means of travelling to the SOLAS Summer School depending upon where you are located and your budget.
The School is held at the Institut d'Études Scientifiques in the village of Cargèse, Corsica (see our 'Location' webpage within our 'Logistics' drop-down menu above).
We STRONGLY recommend you get to Cargèse by first traveling to Ajaccio, the regional capital and administrative centre of Corsica in the SW of the Island, located 50km south of the Institute.
You are expected to arrive on Monday 29 August 2011 and depart on Saturday 10 September 2011. The school will start early morning on Tuesday 30 August and finish late afternoon on Friday 9 September 2011.
Accommodation at the institute and in the village will ONLY be available the nights of 29 August till 9 September inclusive. If you plan to arrive early or depart late both the institute and village accommodation will be booked for other summer schools. Please bear this in mind when planning your travel.
Ajaccio can be reached by plane from Paris, Marseille or Nice. Any international flights will involve a transfer at one of these places. Book as early as possible as Corsica is a popular holiday destination and flights become very expensive and will get booked up quickly. Ajaccio airport information is available here.
Corsica can be reached from a range of ports around the French and Italian coastlines. Ajaccio can be reached from Marseille (overnight sail), Nice (high speed in 3.5 hours) or Toulon. The following boat companies serve Corsica: SNCM from the French coast; TRAGHETTI from Italy; CORSICA - SARDINIA FERRIES from both the French and Italian coasts and La Mèridionale.
Organised bus from and to Ajaccio airport:
2 buses will be organised to collect people arriving at Ajaccio airport on Monday 29 August (Approximate times: 15:00 and 18:00). The exact collection time will be confirmed nearer to the time.The exact bus arrival times will be adjusted according to the arrival times of all participants.
Buses will be provided for you to return to Ajaccio airport early morning on Saturday 10 September 2011 (Approximate times: 05:00 and 08:00). The exact bus departure times will be adjusted according to the flight departure times of all participants.
Transport Ajaccio centre (ferry terminal) to Ajaccio airport
There is public transport between Ajaccio centre (location of bus station [in French 'Gare Routière] and adjacent ferry terminal) and Ajaccio airport (where school organised bus departs) click here for more information.
A public bus travels from Ajaccio to Cargèse. The departure times are seasonal. Timetables are available here. The Ajaccio bus station/coach terminal ('Gare Routière in french) is also called the 'Maritime Station' because it is located in the port.
It is 50 km by road from Ajaccio to Cargèse. If you are driving, follow the directions to Calvi par la côte or Calvi. In addition, a good map and route planner can be found here. Allow for between 1 - 1.5 hours for this journey.
Taxi (not recommended):
Taxis can be pre-booked at a rate of 100 Euros from Ajaccio to Cargèse during the day (more for early, late- at night- and non working day- Sunday- transfers). However, this is not recommended as it is the most expensive option.