You are not from Marseille or you just settled in south of France (lucky you!) and you need keys to get to know our city? This article will help you. When people come back from the beach, Marseille traffic can be a nightmare. Avoid the noisy cars and come back home with no stress !
There are indeed many ways to reach our pretty beaches without using your car:
- Hire a bike with the city bikes service (except when it’s raining, which, you’ll notice doesn’t happen very often!) is the easiest and most pleasant way to go to the beach. You can hire a bike in one of the many docking stations dispatched everywhere in the city’s centre. Beware there is no station in the North.
Cost: the first half an hour is free with the Transpass RTM card; 1€ for a week membership.
- Catch a bus. The 83, 19 and 20 lines will take you to Le Prado, La Pointe Rouge and Les Goudes beaches. On the other way, you reach La Corniche and its little coves (Malmousque, Anse de la Fausse Monnaie, Vallon des Auffes). The journey takes only half an hour starting from Prado roundabout.
The 35 bus will take you to l’Estaque and its beaches, departing the Place de la Joliette. You can reach the place by tram or tube (lines 2) (tram and tube map here). The journey takes only half an hour.
- Catch the shuttle boat! It is definitely the best way to enjoy the sea! From the Vieux-Port, it will take you to l’Estaque, La Pointe-rouge and Les Goudes. Cost: 5€ (free with the Transpass RTM card). An extraordinary journey! (For more info click here).
The shuttle to the Frioul islands is also a very nice way to have a magic day at a little cost. Enjoy a wonderful boat trip with an incredible panorama of Marseille for only 10,5€ (Buy your ticket here).
Leave the city… for Cassis beaches
Catch the M8 bus leaving from Prado roundabout. The bus goes through the famous Gineste road and its extraordinary panorama of Marseille and Cassis. Definitely something you must do and see if you have a day to spend.
Leave the city… for the calanques of la Côte Bleue (Blue coast)
The train of la Côte bleue is just magic. Following Marseille East coast, it goes to Niolon, La Redonne, Carry-le-Rouet and Sausset-les-Pins ! Enjoy a charming trip with panoramas of the sea and coast.