In Marseille, the traffic is always heavy, and it is difficult to park. One has better to park ones car on the outskirts of the city and use public transportation that is very efficient, fast and cheap. The metro is very good and though it has only two lines, it allows traveling across the city very fast. It should be used as the priority mean of transport.
We came to Marseille from Avignon in a train (regular one way, TGV the other) with our ticket bought at the station the day before. The lady was more than nice with us as we were there with no particular destination in mind... just a day trip to where ever she could send us.
I think the ride was about 2 hours long and most enjoyable! We arrived in Marseille just in time for a good morning coffee, after the working crowd.
From the Airport Marseille Provence take a bus to the city centre (FF50). It leaves every half an hour.
The Railway station St. Charles is in walking distance to the Vieux Port.
There is an Underground in Marseille but it closes already at 9pm due to security reasons. The bus is a good alternative though the traffic can sometimes be horrific.
The good news is that travellers departing from London can now reach Marseilles and the warm waters of the Med in just seven hours with the new Eurostar/TGV. Alternatively there is of course the plane.
I flew from London with a stop in Lyon for 55 pounds.
Within Marseille it was nice to walk but, you will be using the metro or the buses at some point. It's standard French transport so one ticket works on everything. The trains run an excellent south coast service and I recommend day trips to Montpellier and Nice.
Take the TGV from Paris and watch the landscape and light turn into Mediterranean. It's beautiful.
The metro is great, so are the buses once you figure out of it. Only negative thing is that normal lines close at 2100 and night buses at 0030. They did keep the metro open until 0030 while I was there, but I don't know if this is the case year round.
When you walk around the "Vieux Port" you can cross the harbour with a ferry situated in front of the "mairie" for ashort sailing time and a very cheap one...
The traffic was almost static around the Vieux Port area. It was far quicker to walk around than to take a taxi.
From Marseille you can take the Cote D'Azur train along the coast. In 2-3 hours you can be in Nice, Monaco or Cannes. The best views are east of Nice.
Buy a bus ticket and you can use it (or mix it) like a metro ticket but it lasts only 70 minutes after the 1st stamp.
RTM (Marseilles Transit Authority) - You know how it's like. And this one is not different that the rest so I'll leave the details out....
SNCF Gare Saint Charles - Estetic a perfect building with gorgeous front view to the downtown. Though I was robbed here(!!!)
Tak do Marseille odporucam ist lietadielkom, ale vlacik na obrazku moze upachteny cestovatel zneuzit pri vyvoze na vrsok nad mestom, odkial bude mat cele Marseille ako na dlani.