With so many options for getting into Marseille from the airport and train station, it should be easy to reach your hotel, drop off your bags, and start enjoying your stay. Here we break down all the ways to get to your hotel and what you can expect it to cost.
Getting Into Marseille
Getting in from the airport
The Navette Marseille Aéroport (airport shuttle bus) runs between Marseille-Provence Airport and Saint-Charles train station every 20 minutes from 5:10 AM to 12:10 AM. After 12:10 AM bus departures depend on when flights arrive, but late-night shuttle service is guaranteed until the final flight departure.
A one-way journey costs €8.50. The trip takes approximately 25 minutes. Saint-Charles station is about a 15-minute walk from the city center.
Taxis from the airport to the center of town should cost about €40 by day and €50 nights, Sundays and public holidays. Pick up for taxis is located outside between Hall 1 and Hall 3/4.
Train service runs between Marseille-Provence Airport and many of the surrounding towns. Purchase a ticket from the ticket booth located outside between Hall 1 and Hall 3/4, then board the shuttle bus to the Vitrolles Marseille-Provence Airport station at quay 2.
The first train leaves the airport station at 6:07 AM Monday-Friday, 7:09 AM on Saturday, and 8:09 AM on Sunday. The last train leaves at 10:10 PM every day. Service varies depending on the day of the week, so consult the train schedule to find out when the next train departs.
It is a 5-minute ride on the shuttle bus, and then depending on whether the train runs express between the airport and Marseille's Saint-Charles station or makes other stops the train journey takes 16 to 24 minutes. A single ticket costs €4.10.
Find more information on the Marseille-Provence Airport on the official airport site.
Arriving by Train
Gare Saint-Charles, the main train station, is located at Square Narvik, about a 15-minute walk from the city center. 200 trains arrive daily from throughout France and from Brussels. There are 17 daily TGV trains from Paris (a three-hour journey). The train station is open from 4:30 AM to 1:05 AM Monday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday and bank holidays, and open until 1:30 AM on Fridays.
Metro lines 1 and 2 both stop at Saint-Charles. Take line 1 two stops to Vieux-Port on the Quai des Belges, near the historic city center. The tourist office is across the street at 4 La Canebière, and many hotels are close by.
Bus #52 stops just outside the train station but runs away from the city center.
Arriving by Bus
The main bus station is right outside Saint-Charles station on the Rue Honnorat. Information about bus travel from Marseille can be found at the Eurolines bus service office at 3 Allées Léon Gambetta, a short walk from the train station down the Boulevard d'Athènes.
Flying into Marseille
Information on low-cost flights to Marseille can be found in our budget Marseille flight guide and also on the site for mp2, the section of the Marseille-Provence airport catering to low-cost airlines.