The quote, by Dumas, gives a good idea to the strength of this marvelous Provençal city, for many, the Capital of the South of France. A city with a persistent charm, with its narrow streets and streets that offer striking views; the houses that light up at sunset; the port, chaotic, colorful, alive and the scent of the sea that invades the whole city.
And so much, so much art and culture, of which this city is pervaded: the marvelous Notre Dame de la Garde with its breathtaking panorama; the Palais du Pharo with its wonderful glimpse of the Vieux Port; Chateau d'If and more.
HOW TO GET
Marseille-Provence is the airport located near the city of Marseille, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, as well as the fifth French airport for passenger traffic. It is located in Marignane, north of Marseille, from which it is about 25 kilometers. From Marseille, throughout the year, numerous flights depart daily to the main European destinations.
All the info on the airport, the companies and the direct connections are available on our official page. from this link.
From the airport terminal, Hall1 area, with the free shuttle, in just 5 minutes, you reach the railway station Vitrolles. From here, take the train to the center of Marseille. The journey takes just over 15 minutes, depending on your stop; the cost is € 5,10 per single journey. Tickets can be purchased at automatic machines. SCNF manages the service. Consult the official website for timetables and other info.
The car and the motorbike are the best means to visit the beautiful city. In particular, if your itinerary winds through other neighboring places. In Provence, you will be spoiled for choice.
From Spain, starting from Barcelona, you travel 500 kilometers to get to your destination. Cross the border at Le Perthus, and pass through Montpellier, Nimes and Arles. From Lyon, they are little more than 300 kilometers while, the Swiss Geneva is about 450 kilometers by car.
From Italy it is possible to reach Marseille through the combined A6-A10-E80 route. The French motorway is among the most expensive in Europe: for the approximately 250 km traveled from the border, you will pay a toll of almost 30 €. Attention also to the numerous speed cameras.
The Central Station of Saint Charles, is well connected by the SCNF trains with the rest of the country and the major cities of the Alps. The biggest increase was registered by the 2001 with the introduction of several high-speed TGV lines. Today, Marseille Saint Charles is an important railway junction. In addition to the TGV, important lines with long-haul connections pass here.
Il Thalys, in the summer, connects Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence. The Eurostar connects the city with London. From Italy, we arrive, from Milan, in about 7 hours thanks to the Eurocity Thello trains, passing through the main sites of the French Riviera.
Every day, there are over 15 crossings, with connections to Corsica, Algeria, Italy and Tunisia. From Marseilles boats depart for Ajaccio, Bastia, Ile Rousse, Porto Vecchio and Propriano, in the beautiful Corsican island. Bejaia, Algiers, Oran, Annaba and Skikda, Algeria). The Italian Porto Torres, in Sardinia. And finally Tunis, in Tunisia.
The connections are guaranteed by several shipping companies: Corsica Lines; Corsica Ferries; Sardinia Ferries; La Méridionale and many others.