You are in Marseille on holidays but you don’t know how the transport network works ? Don’t worry, just follow Made in Marseille guide !
Welcome to our city ! Marseille city offers the same transport services as every big city:
- VTC (Tourism car with driver)
- Tube (1,50 € for a single ticket)
- Tram (1,50 € for a single ticket)
- Bus (1,50 € for a single ticket bought in a tube or tram station and 1,8€ if you buy it in the bus)
- Boat (5 € for a shuttle boat trip)
Let’s be clear (and honest), Marseille transport network is not the best of the world. Tram and tube lines mostly served the city’s centre with only a few stops in the suburbs. On the other hand it’s made very easy to access all the city’s touristic and popular spots.
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1. Leaving Marseille airport and train station
The best way to leave Marseille airport, but also to reach it, is to catch the shuttle connecting the airport to the train station, Gare Saint-Charles. The station is located right in the city’s centre and connected to the tube station (lines 2 and 1).
For more information and to see the shuttle (« navette aéroport ») schedule (a shuttle every 15-20 minutes).
- One way ticket: 8.20 €
- One way ticket 12 – 25 years old included: 5.80 €
- One way ticket 6 – 11 years old included: 4.10 €
- Round trip ticket: 13.10 €
If you’re in a hurry and have a bit of money, catch a cab. Ring one of our cab companies, Taxi Radio Marseille or Les Taxis Marseillais, but cabs will wait for you on the airport’s car park (about 50 € for a trip to Marseille’s centre).
Since 2014, a new shuttle service offers a space of 8 seats to share or privatise: Hello Shuttle.
100 € for the trip from the airport to your hotel or flat. (So 12,5 € per person if you’re 8 people). The service is available 24h and open to prebookings.
Once you are in Gare Saint-Charles: you can choose between local buses (Compagnie Cartreize or LER if you need to leave the city – see at the bottow of our article), urban buses to visit Marseille (Compagnie RTM) and tube in the train station underground (RTM). Unfortunately, the tram is not connected to Gare Saint-Charles. Take Cours Belsunce to reach the nearest station (5 minutes by walk, easy with your luggage).
Tube and tram interactive map
- Get the Transpass RTM card if you’re in town more than a week (for tram, tube, boat, bus or bike)
The Transpass RTM card is very convenient to get around the city for great value. The membership costs 37€ for a month. With the card you’ll be able to discover the Vieux-Port, l’Estaque port (north), La Pointe-Rouge and Les Goudes (south) with no limits. But don’t forget to take your ID card and a recent coloured ID photo.
Bonus for members: it offers a free access to TER lines TER in Marseille and Marseille/Septèmes.
- Get the CityPass for illimited access to transports (no shuttle boats) and museums
For a shorter stay, get the CityPass: 24h, 48h or 72h, the pass allows you to access many touristic and cultural services: free access to Marseille museums, crossing by shuttle boat and guided tour of the famous Château d’If, “Petit train” tour to Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, free access to local transports: bus, tube, tram, (shuttle boats excluded) and many advantages.
- 24h:24 € (16 € for children)
- 48h: 31 € (19 € for children)
- 72h:39 € (23 € for children)
4. Get a RTM Transtick card with reduced tickets price
You have different options like the Transtick card “famille” or the personal card with 10 trips. You can top up you Transtick card (only 10 cts charge when you top up for the first time)
- 2 trips card: 3 €
- 10 trips: 13,40 €
- Four travellers (group or family) card: 4,80 €
- Pass XL 24h / Pass XL 72h: 5,20 € / 10,80 €
5. Catch the bus to visit Marseille
The good thing about the bus is that it goes everywhere, even in Marseille tiny narrow streets.
6. Leave Marseille for Aix-en-Provence, Aubagne, Cassis, La Ciotat, Martigues and Vitrolles
From Gare Saint-Charles train station to Aix-en-Provence :
Navette 50 : by autoroute
- Navette 51 : by RN8
- Navette 53 : by ZI Les Milles
From Gare Saint-Charles train station to Martigues :
- Navette 34
From Gare Saint-Charles train station to Vitrolles:
- Navette 88
- Navette 89 : by Les Pennes Mirabeau
From the Place Castellane to Aubagne :
Cartreize line 100: Halte routière Sud, Place Castellane –Gare SNCF d’Aubagne Terminus
Cartreize line 102: Halte routière Sud, Place Castellane –Zone d’Activité des Paluds Terminus
From the Place Castellane to Cassis :
- La Marcouline Line M6: to Carnoux-en-Provence (by autoroute A50)
- La Marcouline Line M8: to Carnoux-en-Provence (by the fantastic Gineste road D559)
From the Place Castellane to La Ciotat:
- Cartreize line 69: to Roquefort-la-Bédoule and Aubagne