France’s oldest city, founded 2,600 years ago, is an exciting and fascinating city. It’s got everything -– Roman remains, medieval churches, palaces and avant-garde architecture. This bustling, industrial city is a working city, taking enormous pride in its own identity, so it's not predominantly a tourist resort. Many people make Marseille part of an itinerary along the Mediterranean coast. It’s worth spending several days here.
Marseille -- Getting There
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Marseille airport is 30 kilometers (15.5 miles) north west of Marseille.
From the Airport into Marseille center
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Marseille -- Getting There
The main railway station is Gare St-Charles. There are frequent high-speed TGV trains from Paris non-stop taking just over 3 hours. Find out more about getting a Rail Pass.
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The distance from Paris is 769 kilometers, from Lyon 314 kilometers and Nice 189 kilometers. It is easily accessible as three motorways linking Spain, Italy and Northern Europe intersect at Marseille.
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Marseille –- Getting Around
There is a comprehensive network of bus routes, two metro lines and two tramlines run by RTM.
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Information from the RTM Website (French only).
The same tickets can be used on all three forms of Marseille transport; buy them in metro stations and on the bus (singles only), at tabacs and newsagents with the RTM sign. A single ticket can be used for one hour. There are also various transport passes, well worth buying if you plan to use public transport (12 euros for 7 days).
Marseille has a glorious climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Monthly average temperatures range from 37 degrees F to 51 degrees F in January to highs of 66 degrees F to 84 degrees F in July, the hottest month. The wettest months are from September to December. It can get very hot and oppressive during the summer months and you might want to escape to the surrounding coastline.
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Marseille is not primarily a tourist city, so you will be able to find a room in July and August as well as December and January. Hotels run from the newly renovated and very chic Hotel Residence du Vieux Port (18 que du Port, tel.: 00 33 (0)4 91 91 91 22) to the iconic Hotel Le Corbusier (La Corniche, 280 bd Michelet, tel.: 00 33 (0)4 91 16 78 00). Read a review of Hotel Le Corbusier.
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The residents of Marseille know a thing or two when it comes to eating. Fish and seafood are famous here with the major star being bouillabaisse, invented in Marseille. It’s a traditional Provencal fish stew made with cooked fish and shellfish and flavored with garlic and saffron as well as basil, bay leaves and fennel. You might also try mutton or lamb belly and trotters though that can be an acquired taste.
There are several districts full of restaurants. Try cours Julien or place Jean-Jaures for international restaurants, and the Vieux Port quays and the pedestrianised area behind the southern part of the port, or Le Panier for old-fashioned bistros. Sunday is not a good day for restaurants as many are shut, and restauranteurs often take holidays in high summer (July and August).
Marseille -- Some Top Attractions
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