Boats run from the old port to the Îles du Frioul, as well as to the Parc National des Calanques. There's also a ferry across the Vieux Port.


With the Le Vélo bike-share scheme, you can pick up and drop off bikes from 100-plus stations across the city and along the coastal road to the beaches. Users must first subscribe online (€1/5 per week/year) then the first 30 minutes of every hire is free, after which bikes cost €1 per hour. Stations only take credit cards with chips.


Trust us, you’ll regret bringing a car into Marseille – car parks and on-street parking are very expensive, and the traffic can be horrendous. Central car parks include Parking Bourse and Parking Indigo, off La Canebière. Expect to pay at least €2 per hour or €30 per 24 hours.

From the Airport

Navette Marseille buses link the airport and Gare St-Charles (30 minutes) every 15 to 20 minutes.

The airport’s train station has direct services to several cities including Arles and Avignon – a free shuttle bus runs to/from the airport terminal.

Public Transport

Marseille has two metro lines (Métro 1 and Métro 2), two tram lines (yellow and green) and an extensive bus network. Bus, metro or tram tickets (one/10 trips €1.70/14) are available from machines in the metro, at tram stops and on buses. Most buses start in front of the Espace Infos RTM, where you can obtain information and tickets.

The metro runs from 5am to 10.30pm Monday to Thursday, and until 12.30am Friday to Sunday. Trams run 5am to 1am daily.