Getting Around Marseille

Getting Around Marseille - Marseille, France

The majority of Marseille's sights are within easy walking distance of the city center, and the city is best seen on foot anyway. Otherwise, the extensive public transportation system is a snap, and taxis can take you anywhere else you need to go. There are also regular ferries to certain sights further afield, like the Chateau d'If and the Iles des Frioul.

The majority of Marseille's sights are within easy walking distance of the city center, and the city is best seen on foot anyway. Otherwise, the extensive public transportation system is a snap, and taxis can take you anywhere else you need to go. There are also regular ferries to certain sights further afield, like the Chateau d'If and the Iles des Frioul.


Tram, Bus and Metro

Marseille's public transportation system, the Régie des Transports de Marseille (RTM), includes buses, trams and Metros. A single ticket costs €1.50. For multiple journeys, the Carte Libertés offers five journeys for €6.30 or 10 journeys for €12.60.

For an even better deal, opt for the one-day pass at €5 or a three-day pass at €10.50. If you plan on staying in Marseille longer than a few days, also consider a 7-day combined pass for the airport shuttle and Marseille public transport for €24.


On Foot

Though Marseille itself is a bit large and spread out, the sections of interest to tourists are all conveniently within walking distance. Le Panier (old town), Vieux Port (Old Harbor) and La Canebière (main thoroughfare) contain most of the major sights and museums, and walking through those areas makes for a great way to see the city. It's also possible to walk to all of these places from Saint-Charles train station.

Certain neighborhoods of Marseille have a reputation for being a bit grittier, so take precautions when walking alone or at night.


Taxis

There are several different taxi services operating in Marseille, and may be the best option for returning to your hotel late at night or transporting heavy suitcases from the train station or airport. Ask at the airport, train station or your hotel for the number of a reliable taxi service.


Ferries

The Ferry service to the Chateau d'If and the Iles des Frioul leaves regularly from the Quai des Belges, with departures varying depending on the time of day and the season.

A return ticket to either island costs €10, or see visit both islands for €15. A one-way ticket costs €5. For families of four with at least one child between the ages of 4 and 12, a special rate is available of €7.50 per person for one island return trip or €11.25 per person for both islands.

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