“Grit and grandeur coexist seamlessly in Marseille, an exuberantly multicultural port city with a pedigree stretching back to classical Greece and a fair claim to the mantle of France’s second city. Once seen as somewhat dirty and dangerous, and lacking the glamour of Cannes or St-Tropez, this black sheep of the Provençal coastline has blossomed in cultural confidence since its 2013 stint as the European Capital of Culture. The addition of a brace of swanky new museums is just the outward sign of an optimism and self-belief that’s almost palpable.” – Lonely Planet
Marseille is easily reached by air, water, road or rail. As a major European city it is serviced by both nudget and major airlines.
Airport Shuttle buses run from 4:10 am – 23:30, takes 30 minutes, costs €8.30 one-way and drops you at the train station. Buy your tickets upon arrival in multiple places around the airport.
One of the best ways is to arrive by France’s high speed train network. Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles is a large hub for regional and national travel. Visit the SNCF website for information on tickets and schedules. Be sure to always validate your ticket! You will see machines before the platforms where you punch your ticket before boarding. Even though your ticket says the time and date of your train, if you do not validate you will still be issued a fine for not validating.
Check My Bus is a great tool for checking prices and schedules as sometimes buses can be cheaper and faster.
If you’re coming by sea then you can check ferry prices and schedules HERE.