Marseille Transportation

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    the platforms at St Charles
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    back climbing to St Charles station
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    Hop on ... Hop off...

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    The Marseille tour bus starts from Quai du port at the Vieux Port, there are 16 stops to hop on and off. Tickets can be bought on board or the Tourist Office. The tour takes about an hour and half. An adult fare was 17 euro, senior 14 euro, and child 8 euro in March 2008. Commentary is provided in several languages. Well worth the trip. If you go low season just check frequency.

    Marseille Grand Tour

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    Use the Metro

    by albert34 Written Dec 15, 2007

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    There is bus (navette) from the airport to Saint Charles bus and railways station 3 times and hour.Price:8,50 euros.If you go to the Vieux Port go down to the metro Saint Charles.Only 2 stops.Although is not too far you should go only on foot if you are not in a hurry and not carrying bagages because of the steps.

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    orientation

    by iaint Written Apr 12, 2007

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    Like a lot of places, you can get a bus tour round the city. Its great for getting your bearings, and figuring out what you want to see more of. Usual hop on - hop off format. About 90 minutes in total. Its a "day" ticket, so you could go round more than once. E17 per person. Leaves from Vieux Port every hour.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

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    Fares and passes

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    We opted for the 3 day pass, which cost 10 €/person (2007). And since a single ticket costs 1,70 €, it takes only 6 rides until you got your money's worth. With this pass you can take all buses and metros, unlimited times! Plus it is so convenient, because you can hop on and off buses, do not have to care to get your tickets, find coins that will go into the vending machines etc.

    Highly recommended!

    Carte 3 jours

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    Buses

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    We used the buses a lot and were very satisfied with the service! Buses run frequently, they were usually on time and brought us to all the places we wanted to see! What I really liked a lot were the bus stations: you not only have the timetables there, but also a little map of the bus route, which makes an orientation so much easier!

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    Metro

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    There are only two metro lines in Marseille - the red and the blue one. They meet at two stations: Gare St. Charles (the train station) and Castellane. A single ticket costs 1,70 € (2007) and you have to validate it before you get to the train.

    The trains and the stations are clean and never too crowded, so that is a nice means of transport!

    metro stop

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    Gare Routier/Gare SNCF

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    The central train station is called Gare Saint Charles. From here you can take trains to all places in France, including a TGV to Paris, which lasts about 3 hours!

    Saint Charles also has two metro stops - both the blue and the red line stop here.

    Behind the trainstation is the gare routier, the bus station for long distance buses. From November 2006 on you will find the shuttle buses to the airport right there at the gare routier.

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    César

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    "César" is a little ferry boat that crosses the Vieux Port. The boat ride only takes 3 - 4 minutes and is both fun and convenient! The old ferry has first started to operate in 1880, but has been renovated in 2006.

    You can catch this ferry right across the street from the city hall at the Old Port.

    Ferry services run all day until 7 p.m. In 2007 a single ticket cost 50 cent, a return ticket 80 cent (and the "captain" is also the cashier!!!)

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    MP2 - Marseille/Provence airport

    by tini58de Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Marseille airport is halfway between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. There are 4 terminals/halls and the budget airline terminal is hall 4 - still pretty much under construction! It is called mp2

    There is a shuttle bus service to both Marseille and to Aix.

    The shuttle bus to Marseille leaves every 20 minutes and costs 8,50 € (2007) one way.

    It is a direct bus from the airport to the Marseille central trainstation/bus station. It takes around 30 minutes to get from MP2 to Marseille (of course depending on the traffic).

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    marseille-marignane is the...

    by fabrice Updated Oct 17, 2006

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    marseille-marignane is the airport(marseille-provence);many buses do the shuttle marignane/marseille-st-charles railway station.......Marseille-saint-charles is the main railway station;but there are also direct buses to aix-en-provence,avignon,toulon,nice,briançon.
    the subway is very useful,but you can use buses all over the city. But many strikes very often!!

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    Coach and Airport

    by BeChar Written May 31, 2005

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    Close to St Charles for many destinations, coaches offer a good way to join the airport (in 25 minutes, 8.50 EUR) or Aix-en-Provence (in 25 minutes, 4.30 EUR).

    I have not tried other destinations.

    A Taxi to the airport from St Charles costs 38 EUR and is hardly quicker.

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    Train

    by BeChar Written May 31, 2005

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    The train is a good way to reach other cities (ex: Cassis-Toulon, Paris). The TGV connects Marseille to Paris every hour, in about 3 hours travelling.

    Buying a ticket at the desk requests patience (long queues). Automatic machines are available.

    Station St Charles is close to coach and car Rental agencies and has a left-luggage office (4.50, 6 or 8 EUR, according to size, up to 72 hours).

    In 1970, my grand father, a retired station master, offered my brothers an electrical train with the same engine !! (67002, if I remember well)

    Gare St Charles

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    Driving (car or motorbike)

    by BeChar Updated May 31, 2005

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    Hiring a car is rather expensive (Example: 80 euro for one day for the smallest car, 250 km included + petrol and 0.30 cent per additional km). Most car rental agencies are situated near St Charles, a common arrival by train or coach (from the Airport, for instance).

    Traffic is heavy! Motorbike is a preferred way to drive in the city.

    Due to hills, riding a bicycle does not seem appropriate.

    Heavy traffic in Marseille

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    Metro and Buses are fast

    by BeChar Written May 31, 2005

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    The Metro in Marseille has 2 lines and is a quick way to travel. It starts from 5 am but stops at 9 pm (Fri, Sat and Sun till 0h30)!

    Buses are often rapid thanks to their reserved lane. They pass frequently until 9 pm, and a night shift of buses with similar lines (number often prepended by 5) pass much less frequently later.

    A ticket for 1 hour ("Solo", 1.60EUR) or 1 Day ("1 jour", 4.50EUR) allows for any transport by metro or bus with changes.

    Metro of Marseille

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    Marseille Airport

    by kiwi Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    As you fly in to Marseille you get a wonderful view of the layout of the city and surrounding areas. The airport is situated on an isthmus of land as you can see here in the photo, taken from the cockpit.
    It is 25kms North West of Marseille, and a very busy airport, being the gateway to Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and the Mediterranean.


    Marseille Provence Airport,
    CCI Marseille-Provence,
    BP 7 Aéroport,
    13727 Marignane Cédex,
    France

    Marseille airport

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