France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   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!

Métro sign, Marseille, Provence, France
Marseille Métro sign...




Aéroport Marseille Provence

L'aéroport Marseille Provence (MRS) is 26 km (16 miles) northwest of the center of Marseille, reachable by airport bus, train and car.

Airport/City Transport by Bus

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.

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 costs 5.10.

Private Airport Transfer

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

L'aéroport Marseille Provence is also the main airport for travelers to and from Aix-en-Provence. Airport shuttle buses operated by the Réseau de transport du département Bouches-du-Rhône depart the airport every 5 minutes for Aix.

Gare de Marseille

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 main train station. Métro, tram, city bus and airport shuttle bus lines connect the station to the rest of the city.

There is a branch of the Office du Tourisme et des Congrès, the tourist information office, in the station. More...

Marseille's Gare Routière (intercity bus terminal) is also here, with buses to nearby cities and towns in the region.

Marseille Public Transport

Marseille public transport is by Métro, tram and city bus operated by Régie des Transports de Marseille.

Click here to download a plan (map; 1.1MB) of the transport network in the city center.

Marseille Métro

The Marseille Métro has two lines. Métro Line 1 connects Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles with the Vieux Port and Hôtel de Ville.

Marseille Tramways

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 60 from the Vieux Port to Notre-Dame de la Garde, but NOTE! Bus 60 is a favorite with pickpockets! They know that lots of tourists use the bus, 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 pouch under your clothing.

Rental/Hire Cars

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.

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Marseille Airport Bus, Provence, France

Marseille Airport Bus, at Quai No. 3: every 15 minutes to Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles.



Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles, Provence, France

Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles SNCF.

Vieux Port harbor ferryboats, Marseille, France

The free ferryboat across the Vieux Port:
Marseille's biggest transport bargain!

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