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Air

Aéroport Marseille-Provence is 25km northwest of Marseille in Marignane. There are regular year-round flights to nearly all major French cities, plus major hubs in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Boat

Gare Maritime de la Major, the passenger ferry terminal, is located just south of place de la Joliette.

Corsica Linea has regular ferries from Marseille to Corsica and Sardinia, plus long-distance routes to Algeria and Tunisia.

Bus

The bus station is on the northern side of the train station. Buy tickets here or from the driver. Services to some destinations, including Cassis, use the Halte Routière Sud, south of the centre.

For most destinations along the Côte d’Azur, it’s faster and easier to catch the train, but for some smaller towns and villages (especially inland), buses are an alternative. There are several different companies, but you can find comprehensive timetable information on the website Le Pilote (www.lepilote.com). Sample destinations:

Aix-en-Provence (€9, 40 minutes, every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday, less frequent Sunday) Cartreize line 50 express bus leaves from Gare St-Charles. Line 51 also runs frequently to Aix.

Barcelonette (€35, 4¼ hours, one direct daily) LER Line 28

Cassis (€2, 45 minutes, hourly Monday to Saturday) La Marcouline Line M06

Nice (€34, three to five hours, up to five per day) LER Line 20

Eurolines also has international services.

Car

Most major car-rental firms have offices in or close to the train station.

Train

Eurostar offers two to 10 weekly services between Marseille and London (from €213, seven hours) via Lille or Paris. As always, the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare.

Regular and TGV trains serve Gare St-Charles, which is a junction for both metro lines. The left-luggage office is next to platform A. Sample fares:

Avignon €22, 1¼ hours, hourly

Nice €38, 2½ hours, up to six per day

Paris Gare de Lyon From €76, 3½ hours, at least hourly