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The busy port city of Marseille can be described as energetic, bustling and a bit edgy. With a long history of over 1500 years, it will mesmerise you with the beautiful Old port and grandiose churches. It’s no surprise the city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2013.
The heart of the city is the Vieux Port (Old Port), while on its north side you will find the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM). One of the symbols of Marseille is La Canebière, the iconic avenue, where you will find many stores and kebab shops today. Le Panier neighbourhood is the oldest part of the city and it’s located just uphill the port.
Among the most important landmarks in Marseille are the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Basilique Saint-Victor, Château d'If, Cathédrale de la Major and the History Museum.
Marseille has an integrated public transport which includes two metro lines, two tram lines and an extensive bus network. The same tickets can be used on all public transport means.
The two metro lines make stops at the main train station Marseille Saint Charles and intersect at Castellane station, as well. However, the metro doesn’t serve the main attractions. Instead, it’s better to take the bus.
Buses cover every part of the city and some bus lines reach the suburbs, as well. This transportation mean is widely used by tourists for visiting the main attractions. The central bus station in Marseille is located in a building connected to the main train station Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles.
Car rental in Marseille is convenient for taking day trips to the nearby towns and for exploring Provence. However, it’s not recommended for navigating the city, as parking space is a serious issue in Marseille. Instead, taking a local Marseille taxi is a better solution to reach different parts of the city.
Marseille Port is the second trade port in France and one of the top cruise ports in the world. Looking back at history, the Marseille Port has played the main role in the city economy and development. Its dominance is still evident today.
Marseille Provence airport is the fifth busiest airport in France by passenger traffic. It’s located 27 km north-west of Marseille.
The Marseille Provence airport is well connected to the city and the surrounding area via train, bus, airport taxi and private airport transfer.
Trains depart from Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille Provence Station. A free shuttle bus connects the airport to the train station and it’s a short 5-minutes ride. The train will take you to the central train station in Marseille, where you can take the metro or the bus to reach your destination. There are direct train lines from Marseille airport to Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Nimes, Beziers, and Perpignan.
There is a direct bus line from Marseille Provence airport to Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles and the travel time is approximately 25 minutes. Bus line No. 40 departs from the airport bus station and will take you to the main bus station of Aix en Provence. During the winter season, ski coaches operate to the main ski resorts near Marseille.
The Marseille airport has an official airport taxi service. The Marseille airport taxi service is available 24/7 and the vehicles are located outside the terminals.
The most convenient alternative is a private Marseille airport transfer. The service can be booked online prior your arrival. Once you arrive at the airport, the driver will meet you and help you with your luggage to the taxi vehicle. This is a door-to-door airport transfer, so you don’t need maps or timetables. The Marseille airport transfer service is organised according to your preferences. In case there are any flight delays, the pickup time will be adjusted.
This is an all-inclusive service, without hidden charges. The luggage is included in the price and you can see the specification for each vehicle when making the reservation online. According to your destination and type of vehicle, you will get an instant quote and after you make the reservation, we will send you a confirmation voucher.
The cost for the private Marseille airport taxi is fixed. The payment can be done online or in cash to the driver. The price is charged per vehicle, so the passengers can split the cost. This is an especially cost-effective option for families and larger groups travelling together.
The price for a private transfer from Marseille airport to city centre starts from 58 EUR, one way.