Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Marseille is the second most populated city of France, the biggest Mediterranean port. Marseille has a complex history. It was founded by the Phoceans in 600 B.C. and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The town is a far cry from the Cezanne paintings and Provencal cliches of sleepy villages, “pétanque” players and Marcel Pagnol novels.

The city’s main thoroughfare (the wide boulevard called the Canebière, map) stretches eastward from the Old Port to the Réformés quarter. The centre of Marseille has several pedestrianised zones, most notably Rue St Ferréol (map), Cours Julien (map) near the Music Conservatory, the Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves (map) off the Old Port and the area around the Hôtel de Ville (map).

Le Panier (Marseille’s old town, map). The old town can be easily accessed from the Vieux Port. Le Panier (which means basket in French) is the historical centre of the city. This district is characterized by many narrow and steep streets.

Vieux Port (old harbour, map). Watching fishermen selling their stock by auction is a must. Arriving into Marseille in the Vieux-Port on a summer evening is something you will never forget. There is also a nice view on the harbour from the Palais du Pharo (Pharo Palace, map).

Noailles quarter (metro Noailles, map). Lined with Arabic and Indo-Chinese shops some of the streets could be part of a bazzaar in Algeria. A fascinating area.

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde (map). The big church which overlooks the city. Old fishermen used to have their boats blessed in this church. From there it is one of the nicest view of the city. You can use the tourist train ( from the Vieux Port to reach the church – you can get off the train, look around and board a later train back to the port.

*Palais Longchamp (map). It houses the city’s Musée des Beaux-Arts and Natural History Museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

Fort Saint-Jean (map) is a fortification at the North-Western end of the Old Port, built in 1660 by Louis XIV. The fort also hosts the Museum “Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée”.

The Calanques (Parc national des Calanques, map). The Calanques are a series of miniature fjords to the south of Marseille near Cassis. The ‘fjords’ are amazing with wonderful blue sea and spectacular lime stone cliffs. The walk along the coast from Cassis to Marseille is spectacular, it can be done in one day at a fast pace. The trail (GR 98) is clearly marked (red and white strips).


Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in France.

The Régie des Transports de Métropolitains (RTM) – public transport network.

The Pilote website, includes all the bus, tram and metro schedules but is easier to read than the RTM sites.

Also сheck оut мore info: Arriving in Marseille / Move around in Marseille ( • Getting to France (

BUS: — sells bus tickets for all the bus companies. OuibusIsilinesFlixBusEurolinesMegabus >> (*Intercity buses in France)

TRAIN: Trains are a great way to get around in France. For regional trains, schedules can be found at You can get from pretty much anywhere to anywhere else by train.

For long distances, use the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, or High-speed train) on which reservations are obligatory. TGVThelloOuigo. + RailEurope • EurostarThalysizy (Paris-Brussels) • TGV Lyria (Switzerland) • DB (Germany) • RENFE (Barcelona) >> (*Rail travel in France)

AIRPORT: – Paris airport information. The main international airport, Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, is likely to be your port of entry if you fly into France from outside Europe.

FERRY: Brittany FerriesP&O FerriesDFDS Seaways

We are Marseille.

Here as always we have the sun, the sea, a beautiful environment, an extraordinary history, and inhabitants that reflect the city. Free, unclassifiable passionate, generous, shining from all walks of life then one day came the momentous year, so we showed the world what we are capable of.

We have teamed up with millions of visitors who came to see us and since then we have continued. Build, innovate, film, welcome, share Marseille is the destination to discover!

video source: Tourist office of Marseille / /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


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FRANCE-VOYAGE.COM. is a leading guide to Tourism in France. It provides holidaymakers with all the practical and cultural information. Find your next great culinary experience with the MICHELIN Guide. Since it was created in 2003, has developed over the years to become a leading guide to Tourism in France. It provides holidaymakers with all the practical and cultural information they need to help plan their stay. – is a website filled with hundreds of pages of relevant and useful information about France. The practical travel and tourist information pages on Paris, French regions, driving in France, and a whole lot more, are just part of a much wider exploration of modern France.

Le Figaro: This is a French newspaper that covers news, culture, and entertainment in France, and provides practical information for tourists on topics such as food, wine, and shopping.

Auto Europe: This website provides information on car rental options in France, as well as booking options and practical information on driving in France.

Velib: This is the website of Paris’ public bike-sharing system and provides information on renting bikes, pricing, and station locations.