Marseille Budget Tips

Marseille Budget Tips - Marseille, France

There is plenty to see and do in Marseille without parting with all your euros. We'll explain where to find tourist information, as well as break down the Marseille City Pass and some of the other discounts available to seniors and students.

Tourist Office Information

You'll find the Marseille tourist office at 4 La Canebière, near the Vieux-Port metro stop. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM and Sundays and holidays from 10 AM to 5 PM. The office is closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

The staff at your hotel should also be able to give you further suggestions on what to see and do in Marseille.

Museum Passes

For the low price of €20 for a one-day pass or €27 for a two-day pass, the Marseille City Pass offers free admission to 14 museums (like the Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne and the Musée des Docks Romains); the “petit train” to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica or around Old Marseille; a ferry ride to the Chateau d'If or the Iles de Frioul; guided tours of the town and the Chateau d'If; and free access to the public transportation network.

City Pass holders also enjoy discounts and freebies at select Marseille stores, like 10 percent off at the Galeries Lafayette or a free soap sample at La Maison des Savons.

Senior Discounts

Those over 65 receive a discounted rate (€15 versus the full-price €18) on “Le Grand Tour” bus tour, a hop-on, hop-off bus stopping at 16 major sights. Many Marseille museums also offer free admission to those over 65.

Members of the AARP receive discounts on hotels, airfares and car rentals in Marseille. They can be reached in the United States at 1-800-424-3410 or accessed online at the AARP Web site.

Student Discounts

Students also pay the discounted rate for “Le Grand Tour” bus tour and pay half price for entry to most Marseille museums.

The International Student Identity Card, ISIC, the most widely accepted form of student ID, provides discounts on sights, accommodations, food and transportation. Some places offer admission discounts of 20%-50% to ISIC members. All cardholders have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline. In the United States call 1-800-223-7986 or click onto the ISIC site. Applicants must be degree seekers of a secondary or post-secondary school and must be at least 12 years of age. The card costs $22 and is valid until the end of the year issued.

For non-students 25 years or younger, the International Youth Travel Card, IYTC, also offers many of the same benefits as the ISIC. The card costs $22 and is valid for one year from the date issued.

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