Holiday: Practical information Marseille
Marseille in a few words:
|The remarkable blend of historical relics, natural treasures and traditions make Marseille and its region a key destination. From the turquoise waters of Cassis Creeks to the pretty colors of the Montagne Sainte Victoire, through the Old Port of Marseille and its fish market, a great diversity of landscapes and atmospheres are available to you.|
How to get here
Car: Marseille and its region are at the crossroads of three highways, the highway leading to Spain, one leading to Italy, and finally the highway to Northern Europe (Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, etc.). The roads are in very good conditions and Marseille and its region are within an hour from the Camargue, and two hours from the French Riviera.
Station: Gare Saint Charles has been recently renovated and Marseille is now 3 hours from Paris. This station also serves other cities such as Lyon (1h40), Geneva (3h45) or Toulouse (3h35) and Bordeaux (5h50). You can also reach Paris from Aix en Provence TGV station, it takes approximately 3 hours. An extensive regional rail network then gives access to all the touristic areas of the region: You can check it on: www.voyages-sncf.fr
Airport: Marseille airport is the fourth largest airport in France. This airport serves 89 cities in 27 different countries. Marseille also has a "low cost" airport adjoining the main airport and serving various destination in France, Europe and Morocco. Once at the airport, you need about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the city center of Marseille and Saint Charles train station from which you can easily circulate throughout the region:
For Marseille airport and Low cost airport: www.marseille.aeroport.fr; www.mp2.aeroport.fr
For airport shuttle: www.navettemarseilleaeroport.com
For a link Taxi: www.taxis-aeroport.com
Ferry: From Marseille, easy and regular connection to Corsica, Sardinia, Tunisia and Algeria as well. For more information on shipping lines, you can check: www.sncm.fr
For more information about boat marinas: www.marseille-provence.com (then click on Marinas).
When should I come?
Marseille, Aix en Provence and Cassis enjoy a very pleasant climate almost the whole year, the coastline providing exceptional temperatures. With over 2,800 hours of sunshine per year, Marseille enjoys exceptional conditions. However, be careful, the wind named "Mistral" can be cold and strong, especially during the winter season.
If the winter is limited to the months of December, January and February, it can be cold in Marseille due to the famous mistral quite cold and violent. Therefore, the temperatures quickly drop down