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Marble statue of Napoléon Bonaparte in Ajaccio

Ajaccio is the capital of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.


Napoleon Bonaparte, who became the leader of France and subsequently, Emperor and, for a time, conqueror of most of Europe, was born in Ajaccio.

Tourist office[edit]

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By plane[edit]

Air Corsica, an Air France subsidiary, is the main airline flying to Corsica and Ajaccio International Airport (AJA). Most of Air Corsica/Air France flights depart from Paris-Orly, Nice and Marseille airports throughout the year. Many more French cities are served during the summer season (April–October). Flights can be surprisingly expensive, and often, taking the ferry makes more economic sense, especially when you figure in the cost of taking a car on the ferry versus renting a car once in Corsica.

EasyJet, Volotea and XL airways offer direct flights to the city from Paris, other French and European cities.

In addition, companies such as Airlinair, Jetairfly, Norwegian and Transavia operates flights from French and European cities during the summer season (April-October).

Ajaccio International Airport is situated 20 minutes by bus of public transport from city center. Bus 8 serves the airport and one way fare is €4.50. Cheaper way to go to the city is bus line 12 last stop Capitello (information summer 2012) which is 250 m from the airport (continue straight from the airport bus stop of number 8 as if the bus was going straight between the rent-a-car garages, and not turning left to pass between the rent-a-car offices and parkings.) which runs to the Gare d'Ajaccio (train station), and costs €1.10, however it is not advertised by Tourist Information at all. All the plans and timetables can be found here:

By ferry[edit]

There are direct ferry routes from Ajaccio to Marseille, Nice, Toulon, and Ciutadella. Companies operating ferry boats are Corsica Ferries, La Meridionale. Summer seasons are generally busy, and thus it is advisable to book in advance.

By train[edit]

A single railway line connects Ajaccio with Bastia (3½ hours) on the island's east coast via Corte. The main railway station, 1 Gare d'Ajaccio is located about 500 metres north from the city centre.

Get around[edit]

Map of Ajaccio


Interior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta d'Ajaccio
  • 1 Napoleon's house. House where Napoleon was born. Now a museum
  • 2 Cathedral. Chruch of Ste Marie
  • 3 Church of St Erasme.
  • 4 Citadel. The Citadel was founded in 1492. Its current Genoese appearance dates to some time after 1559
  • 5 Harbour station.





  • Bella Vista20 Bd Lantivy +33 4 95 21 07 97. Good views of the gulf but reported to be quite dirty.
  • Hotel Le Dauphin.



  • Greece Greece6 Quai Napoleon +33 49-521-9137fax: +33 49-521-9137.

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