|Transport to & in Marseille, France|
|Marseille's public transport is quite useful, from the airport bus to the Métro, tram and bus lines, but watch out for pickpockets!|
Airport/City Transport by Bus
Ligne 091 airport buses depart quai no. 3 in front of the airport every 15 minutes for the city center. The trip takes about 25 minutes, ending at the Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles SNCF (see below) for 8€ one-way. More...
Airport/City Transport by Train
You can take a navette (shuttle) from the airport's quai no. 2 to the Vitrolles-Aéroport SNCF train station to board trains to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence or points north such as Paris. The shuttle departs the airport about 10 minutes before train arrival time. The train trip into Marseille takes about 20 minutes and costs5.10€.
MyDriver by Sixt offers an excellent airport transfer service: book your transfer online, your driver meets you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign bearing your name, helps with your luggage, and drives you in a late-model German car or van to your destination. Four classes of service:
—Economy Class, BMW 2 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases
—Business Class, BMW 5 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases
—First Class, Mercedes-Benz S-class auto, up to 3 passengers and 3 suitcases
—Business Van, Mercedes-Benz V-class van, up to 5 passengers and 4 suitcases
These fares compare very well to taxi fares and spare you the confusion of having to find a taxi, pay the fare after your ride, calculate and pay a tip, etc. For MyDriver, you pay in advance online, and there are no additional charges for help with luggage, tip, etc. It's all taken care of.
If your flight is late, the driver will know, and plan accordingly. There is no surcharge for waiting time. If you must cancel, you may do so without penalty up to one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.
It's a great system, with luxury cars, all operated with German efficiency! Check fares here.
Airport/Aix-en-Provence by Bus
The Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles SNCF, 24 km (15 miles) southeast of the Aéroport Marseille Provence and just over 1 kilometer (6/10 mile) northeast of the Vieux Port, is Marseille's city-center train station. Métro, tram, city bus and airport shuttle bus lines connect the station to the rest of the city.
Marseille's Gare Routière (bus terminal) is o the north side of the Gare Saint-Charles (Rue Jacques Bory; map), with buses to nearby cities and towns in the region. RTM Bus 82S to the Vieux Port also departs from here.
Gare de Marseille-Blancarde
Marseille's other important train station is Blancarde, 3 km (2 miles) east of the Gare Saint-Charles (map) on the line to Cassis and Toulon. However, Gare Saint-Charles is nearer to the city center, and is the station you're most likely to use.
Marseille Public Transport
Marseille public transport is by Métro, tram and city bus operated by Régie des Transports Métropolitains.
The Marseille Métro has two lines. Métro Line 1 connects Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles with the Vieux Port and Hôtel de Ville.
Marseille's three tram lines are not particularly useful for short-term visitors interested in sightseeing.
Marseille City Bus
City buses are quite useful on a few routes, especially Bus 82S from the Gare Saint-Charles to the Vieux Port, and Bus 60 from the Vieux Port to the hilltop Notre-Dame de la Garde. You can buy a solo secours ticket right on the bus for 2€, though it's cheaper if you buy a TransTick (10 centimes + 1.70€ fare = 1.80€). You can recharge the TransTick two times for later rides at 1.70€ each.
Beware of Pickpockets on Bus 60!
NOTE! Bus 60 is a favorite with pickpockets! They know that lots of tourists use the bus to climb the hill to the Notre-Dame de la Garde church, so they lurk at the Vieux Port bus stops, looking at foreigners' pockets and handbags. On the ride up the twisting road to the church, standees must hold on with both hands. The thieves create a diversion—a commotion of shouting, for example—and in that moment your valuables disappear. You will feel nothing!
If you are able to take a seat on the bus you are relatively safe, but if you are standing for the ride, secure your valuables, preferably in a neck or waist pouch under your clothing.
Rental/hire car stations are in front of the airport. Use the handy Car Hire Search Box on the right to search all the car companies for the best deal from Aéroport Marseille Provence.
As with all French cities, car parking lots are indicated by signs throughout the city, indicating how many places are available, or if the car park is complet (full).