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Getting around in Marseille: info, costs and advice


A seaside city in the south of France, Marseille is waiting to be discovered. You can get lost in the alleys and streets of the oldest districts and stroll along the Porto Vecchio, where the fishermen offer what they have just caught. However, there are churches and ancient basilicas as well as more modern buildings.

Defined as the Naples of France, Marseille has a network of public services active and very functional. It is a big city, but it is possible to discover every corner of its historic center on foot. Here's one guide on how to get around Marseille: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Marseille
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Getting around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Marseille can be visited on foot, also due to the size of its historic center. Then the Corniche, as well as the Canebière (the most important street), are absolutely worth visiting on foot.
However, the city is full of historic districts that unfold between small streets: for a first approach and to avoid getting lost in its alleys, the advice is to first take a walking tour with a local guide, to identify the landmarks main and orient yourself.
To reach the Cathedral Hill you can walk up for about 1 km, and then arrive at the church square with a long staircase. Alternatively, the tourist train leaves from the old port and arrives directly at the square, at a cost of about € 6,00. An original alternative can be the Segway tour, with a guide who, during the journey and then at the top, will tell stories, anecdotes and curiosities about the cathedral and Marseille.

For more distant attractions the public service is great, with metro, bus and tram, all accessible with the same ticket. There is the classic paper ticket or the Transpass cards, a rechargeable card that allows you to travel at a discounted price.
We recommend purchasing the Marseille City Pass, for 24, 48 or 72 hours, for travel unlimited on vehicles and take advantage of free admissions and discounts on affiliated attractions and activities!

Finally, Marseille is one of the most beautiful port cities in Europe: take a free ride on the Ferry Boat! A solar-powered boat departs from the quay of the Town Hall and goes around the port for free, passing by the forts of Saint Nicolas and Saint Jean. The latter is connected to the Mucem by a bridge, also built in 2013. Ah, and don't miss the experience of a sunset cruise!



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, bus, ferry boat
  • Solutions and means not recommended: tram, car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Marseille City Pass (from € 27,00 -), transport day ticket (from € 5,20)

How to get from the airport to the center of Marseille

L'Marseille Provence airport (MRS) is located in the Bouches du Rhône department, in the municipality of Marignane, about 25 km from the center. It is the fifth largest airport in France for passenger transport. They are active 3 terminal: one is used for international flights, while the other two are used for internal flights only.

From here, you can use train, bus or private taxi to reach Marseille. The taxi it is obviously the most comfortable but also the most expensive way, with surcharges at night. There Airport Shuttle is in service 4: 10-23: 30 and departs from Terminal 1 (MP1). Be careful because each shuttle takes a different route, so make sure you get on the right one. Tickets can be purchased at the transport information kiosk in the arrivals hall or at one of the many automatic ticket machines located in the arrivals terminal. Finally, to get to Marseille in train you must first take a free shuttle to Vitrolles train station (the shuttle leaves every 10-15 min, takes 5 min); at the train station you must then reach platform 3 in front of Terminal 1.


Airport name

  • Distance from the center: 25 km / travel time: 30 minutes
  • By train: free shuttle + TER line train / ticket cost: € 5,10
  • By taxi: average cost € 50,00 / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,30 / shuttle to St. Charles central station

How to get around on foot

The best way to visit Marseille is on foot. The center isn't too big and it is almost totally pedestrian. Then the Corniche, as well as the Canebière (the most important street), are absolutely worth visiting on foot.
However, to discover the historic districts and have a first approach to the city, the advice is to first take a walking tour with a local guide, to identify the main landmarks and orient yourself.
You can start from the Vieux Port and arrive in other central areas such as the Le Panier district where getting around on foot is quick and easy.

To get to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde on foot instead you have to hike at least 30 minutes uphill and not all the way is limited traffic, and then get to the church square with a long staircase.If you have tight times and / or do not want to walk so much, there is bus number 60 or the tourist train from the old port to the square, at a cost of about € 6,00.
An original alternative can be the Segway tour, with a guide who, during the journey and then at the top, will tell stories, anecdotes and curiosities about the cathedral and Marseille.



Getting around by bicycle

If you love sustainability and you like cycling, you can also visit Marseille by pedaling. The bike sharing it is in fact also present in Marseille. It is a service available 7 days a week and 7 hours a day, with around 24 pick-up stations throughout the city. The rental costs € 24 per week, but there is a € 130 deposit which is retained if you do not return the bike intact. On the official website of the bike sharing in Marseille you will find more information. Univélo Marseille is an app that provides bike rental and parking availability at over 100 stations. If you prefer an e-bike, the electric bike, you can rent it for a whole day for about € 25,00.

Cycling in Marseille is a great way to discover the city and one of the easiest ways to explore the less traveled streets. Pleasant and economical, however, we must be very careful: there are no cycle paths and the existing ones are invaded by pedestrians or parked cars.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Marseille is equipped with aefficient public transport network. La Régie des Transports de Maseiile (RTM) is the company that manages all city transport. Tickets and passes they apply to all public transport services within one hour from the moment of validation and can be purchased in all points of sale where the RTM logo is displayed. We also recommend the purchase of the Marseille City Pass, which allows unlimited travel for its entire duration!

If you want to reach all the central and peripheral areas quickly and without having to change vehicles, we recommend metro which has two different lines. The bus, with their 144 lines, they are especially suitable for reaching peripheral areas from the center and places just outside the city. THE tram they work well, but they are certainly slower than the other two means of transport, offering a panoramic view of the city.

Finally, being Marseille a seaside resort, a sunset boat cruise is not to be missed to admire the city from a different perspective, thanks to a wonderful panoramic tour!


Metropolitan

Inaugurated in 1977, the Marseille metro provides 2 lines characterized by two different colors: one, mostly raised, and the other, instead, underground. With the metro, the fastest and most recommended means of transport, it is possible to reach both the central and more peripheral areas. There blue line M1 it consists of 10 stations and covers the north-east area of ​​the city, from La Fourragére to La Rose; there red line M2 it covers the north-south axis of the city and runs from Bougainville to Sainte-Marguerite Dromel. Active every day of the week from 5:00 in the morning until 00:30 (from Bougainville, the first departure is at 4:50).

  • Downloadable map: marseille-metro-map
  • by 5: 00 00 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 trips € 3,40, 10 trips booklet € 15,00, day ticket € 5,20, 72h pass € 10,80

Bus

The Marseille bus network is dense and successful connect all zones with the center and the neighboring municipalities of Allauch, Plan de Cuques and Septèmes Les Vallons. There are both day services and night services (Fluobus) which, in total, constitute 144 lines. The night buses, which include 12 lines, guarantee the service until 1 am because the day buses are active until 22:00. There are also i BHNS, Bus à Haute Niveau de Service. There are three special high-level lines in service in the city. You can recognize them by the letter B. The low-floor buses B2 and B3 are accessible for people with reduced mobility.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-marseille
  • by 4: 00 22 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70, purchased on board € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 trips € 3,40, 10 trips booklet € 15,00, day ticket € 5,20, 72h pass € 10,80

Tram

The tram service in Marseille consists of 3 lines identified by three colors: T1 (orange) covers the Noailles-Les Caillois section, T2 (yellow) covers the Arenc Le Silo-La Blancarde section and T3 (green) goes from Arenc Le Silo to Castellane. Timetables and tickets are the same as on the metro. Among all public transport in the city, the tram is the slowest. All lines and trams are accessible for the handicapped.

  • Downloadable map: tram-map-marseille
  • by 5: 00 00 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,70
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 2 trips € 3,40, 10 trips booklet € 15,00, day ticket € 5,20, 72h pass € 10,80

Boats

From the end of April to the beginning of October, the service is active sea ​​shuttle, managed by the RATM company. There is a ferry that crosses the old port (Vieux Port). This is obviously a tourist attraction; in fact represents the shortest commercial route by ship of Europe.

Others Ferries they connect Marseille to L'Estaque, Les Goudes, La Pointe-Rouge, Le Frioul. Round trip € 10,00, very affordable the € 13,00 weekly pass which includes all destinations except Frioul.
There are also other companies that offer tours of the Calanques, such as mini cruises of one hour or 3 hours (average price € 22,00).

  • by 8: 00 19 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: round trip € 10,00; cruise the Calanques from € 22,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: weekly pass € 13,00

By car

Driving in Marseille is not ideal: the city center is characterized by narrow one-way streets, also characterized by ups and downs, and parking is very limited. Not to be underestimated either city ​​traffic, very intense, especially at peak times and in summer, when the number of tourists in the city increases!

Without forgetting that many areas such as the Old Port, the main Boulevard and Le Panier are ZCR, that is Zones à Circulation Restreinte, also referred to as ZPA, an area for the protection of Air and Pollution, also active in several French cities.

ZPA - Emergency Low Emission Zone

The ZPA is active in Marseille, emergency low-emission zone. Both French and foreign drivers can enter the low emission zone ONLY with the Crit'Air environmental badge valid. Emergency low emission zones come into effect when a high level of smog persists for more than 3 days. In France, there are 6 types of badges which indicate how much the vehicle is responsible for air pollution. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a fine ranging from € 68,00 to € 375,00. The sticker has unlimited validity and must be affixed in the lower right corner of the windscreen.

You can find all the information about it on the official website of the French LEZs (LEZ is the English abbreviation to indicate Low Emission Zones), while you can request the stamp on the official website of the French government.

Stops and parking

Free parking spaces are now rare in Marseille. With more than 15.000 spaces managed by parking meters, on-street parking has also experienced a price increase in recent years. Only residents and students are entitled to preferential rates.

The private parking lots are very convenient which also have the great advantage of being covered (specialized companies, garages, hotels) and are generally found close to strategic points of the city, such as the airport or the station. The rate is similar to the municipal rate and, in many cases, even cheaper. We underline that in private car parks the surcharge relating to pollution does not exist.

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