Marseille – Tips


Getting There

By Car
By Train
Calaisvia Dijon: A2, A26, A5, A31, A6, A79 hoursvia Paris:
5:30 hours
ParisA6-A77 hoursTGV:
3:30 hours
Dieppevia Paris: A150, A13, A6, A79 hoursvia Rouen and Paris:
6:30 hours
Le Havrevia Paris: A13, A6, A79 hoursTGV direct:
6:30 hours
Cherbourgvia Le Mans: N13, A84, A88, A28, A85,
A71, A72, A47, A7
10:15 hoursvia Paris:
7:30 hours

Air: From both Paris airports, many flights per day, direct to Marseille, 1 hour 15. The airport also as many international flights daily.

Bus: There are several long distance bus operators going to this city from different cities in France (and Europe). Click on one of the links below to see which departure city is covered.

Flixbus Logo Flixbus
Ouibus logo Ouibus

Within Marseille

There is a very good transportation system in Marseille, with a very good and encompassing bus route and two metro lines. Prices are cheap.


Marseille, particularly the old centre and harbour, has many restaurants catering to all tastes.

TIP: If you are going to eat in a restaurant in Marseille, you will need to try a Bouillabaisse, a meal invented in Marseille. You will not regret it. One of the top places to eat is the Miramar located at the old harbour. It’s expensive, but worth it.


Marseille has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation, from very expensive to backpacker’s hostels.

Things To See/Things To Do

  • Visit Chateau d’If (a must)
  • Walk the Corniche du President John Fitzgerald Kennedy for 3.5 kms to take in the views.
    One of the beaches along the President Kennedy Boulevard of Marseilles

  • Walk around the old harbour
  • Visit Fort Saint-Jean and its museums
  • Visit the majestic Sainte-Marie-Majeure Cathedral
    Sainte-Marie-Majeure Cathedral of Marseilles

  • Visit the famous Notre-Dame de la Garde church
  • Eat a Bouillabaisse

WARNING: When visiting Marseille, stay will inside the lower city. Straying out to the upper levels or suburbs is dangerous since Marseille’s other reputation is that of a very violent city with many gang murders and shootings. Most of the drugs brought into France come via Marseille. In the city centre and lower parts (old harbour area), you are quite safe.

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