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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2016

The Marseille city pass is only for 1 or 2 days. Is there another pass for unlimited travel using public transport (metro, buses, etc) for a longer period, say 7 days? Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2016

Is there a beach suitable for children to swim in on the island where there is Chateau D'If?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2016
where to go  (2 Answers)

pls can you tell me some places to visit in marseille pls i have around 6 hours so i dont want to get far from the sea port,thanks alot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2016
need help pls  (3 Answers)

hy pls can you give me some tips where to go .i am going on a crusise liner and visit marsellie genoa valencia and napli , and i dont have any idea where to go.but prefer somewhere near the port cos of time .some one tells me about an aquarium in there a long distance from the port .thanks alot 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2016
Planning to go to Marseille  (6 Answers)

We just booked flights to Nice at begining of September. We are not planning to stay there (I´ve been there once, and it is enough for me).
We just found cheap flights, and thought we could go by train to some other town. We like quite big towns on hollidays and I was thinking about Marseille. There is not so much info in Finnish, so I came here again. :)
If we choose to stay there, I start checking on apartments at airbnb. We like to stay quite central (witch we don´t do at home, so we find it nice at hollidays) and at walking distance of places where there is lots of restaurants to eat at night. Are there any bigger pedestrian areas with restaurants?
As we work part timely as salesmen at craft brewery I did also notice there is three microbreweries, witch might mean so brewpubs to have a night cap also. (Didn´t check yet so well). Of course France is a wine country, but we know craft beer is getting popular there also.
We also like history, and it lookes like there is something to see there in this inrest also. And we could make some daytrips of course.
I did also check Toulon and Aix, and we haven´t made final decicion yet. But my husband wants to go by train from Nice, not by bus, so I have been checking where to get by train. I guess the trains wont go to airport? It was told at some web page that there is trains, but I guess they mean we need to go by bus to downtown first.
The last night we will stay at Nice becaus of the morning fight.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2016
Where can I buy a cheap used bicycle in Marseille? Will be staying for a week  (5 Answers)

Is there a french website equivalent to craigslist? I'll be there for a week, trying to learn some french and would love to buy a cheap bicycle to use for a week. Rental is ok too if it's under $100 for the week.
I'd to rent a scooter too but that's 40 euros a day, do you know of a cheaper place to rent?
Thank you so much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2016
Things to do in Marseille  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,
We are a family group who will be spending a few hours in Marseille during our port stop on our Mediterranean cruise. We are interested to visit shopping malls and flea markets. Any suggestions on method of transport to use? We would however, prefer using a mini-bus being a group. Is transport readily available at the port in Marseille and transfer back to the port?
Is there any locals in this town who would be interested to meet up with a group of South Africans? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2016
Things to do in Marseille  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,
We are a few family members who will be spending a few hours in Marseilles during our cruise and would like to know about places of interests in this port or nice restaurants to have a meal. Any locals who would like to meet up and show us around for the few hours? Feedback highly appreciated. Thank you. Regards

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2016
cherche un guide  (2 Answers)

je visiterai Marseille pour la premiere fois et je cherche un guide pour me monter la ville. Merci.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2015
Day boat rentals in Marseille

Hello everyone!

Are there any recommendations for services who can provide a private boat outings to the Calanques? Nothing extravagant is necessary - just a reasonably priced boat that can support a group of 10-15 individuals with a captain.

Thank you (:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2015
Airport transportation  (2 Answers)

What are the options of getting from the airport to a Vieux Port area hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2015
Walk from Les Baumettes to Calanque de Sormiou

Can anyone tell me if there is an obvious walking path from where the number 22 bus drops you in Les Baumettes down to Calanque de Sormiou? The path I can see on Google maps looks obvious enough but, although we are fit enough to pick our way over rough terrain, we don't want to guess our route down and up again. We will be on foot but I read in information that, in the summer months, people have to walk some distance from car parks down to this area anyway. (I think this is pertains to the road from the other direction) Any first hand information out there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2015
What to do while in Marseille  (5 Answers)

Our cruise ship is going to the port of Marseille. We will be in port from 8 am to 6 pm. We are looking for recommendations of what to do as opposed to doing one of the cruiselines organized tours.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2015
Voyages-sncf Tickets  (5 Answers)

I hope to take a train from Marseille to Lyon - morning of 5th September. Last Saturday (9th May) I was on the Voyages-sncf site to see how near to that date they were taking booking. I found they were taking bookings up to Sunday 30th August. I thought that would mean today, a week later, they would possibly be up to my date but it's still only up to 30th August. I know it is usually only 3 months ahead you can book. I have asked that they send me a message when tickets go on sale but is that really likely to be another 3 weeks time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2015
Closest public transport to cruise port  (1 Answer)

I'm on a cruise (RCCL "Allure of the Seas") that spends a day in Marseille on 9 June 2015.

What is the closest public transport stop to the cruise port? I am planning to use local public transport to have a brief exploration of the area,

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Quel est le plus proche arrêt de bus au port de croisière ? Je prévois d' utiliser les transports en commun d'avoir une brève exploration de la région ,

Merci d'avance pour vos conseils .

Paul in Australia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2015
How far is it from the Joliette district to the old town when walking?  (1 Answer)

We are due to stay at the Suite novotel in Joliette area. Is it far to walk to the old port and what is the public transport like?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2015
Not City Pass, but Transportation Pass  (9 Answers)

We'd like to purchase a 24 hour transportation pass in Marseille. According to what I've read the pass -- don't know the name -- is similar to the Mobilis Pass in Paris. However, it seems that like the Paris Visite, the City Pass is pushed to tourists. We wouldn't mind purchasing the City Pass if we were going to be there longer, but we're not -- only enough time to walk around and see a few things, in addition to dining in a restaurant. Where can one purchase the 24 hours, 5 Euros (or thereabouts) transportation pass, not the City Pass? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2014
Marseille one and half day stay  (1 Answer)

Hello All,

I will be in marseille from noon of 22nd September to morning of 24th september. So excluding the nights, I have one and half day...I am interested in visiting the calanques , Notre–Dame de La Garde,,Chateau d'If. But not sure how to divide my time. Can you suggest please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2014
Can anyone help me with car parking outside Marseille?  (1 Answer)


I wonder if anyone could recommend a safe place to park (public car park) east or southeast of Marseille? It should be close to a station or bus route so that we can get into Marseille. I do not want to take our car into Marseille.

We are ideally looking for somewhere in La Valentine as we'll be visiting some shops there. We would then like to leave our car in the area to go into Marseille for half a day, maybe 5 or six hours. I don't think we can just leave our car in the car park of a shop. We know that there is a bus that runs through La Valentine to Marseille i.e. bus no. 50 [Castellane - Les Escourtines] so any public car park that is safe in the area would be our first choice.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2014
music, rock & roll; punk, gypsy  (1 Answer)

I am lookin for bars/clubs/cafes that have local musicians who play rock& roll, punk..also Gypsy music, cafe and places where Gypsy people are !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2014
Looking for "local" Motorcycle bar/club  (1 Answer)

Anyone have the address of "local" motorcycle/bar in Marseille, France..please give address

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2014
How can i go from Marseille to Nice?  (11 Answers)


My vacations are already plan, but i'm trying to choose the best way to go from Marseille (gare saint Charles) to Nice ville.... I think to go by train, or by rent a car.... what you think is the best way?....

Arriving to nice, we want to meet the towns arround, like Monaco, Cannes, Éze... can you tell the best way to do it? We're going to stay in a apartmente in Promonade des Anglais....
How the One day Ticket work's?where can i buy it?... How did you do when you stay there?...

Thank's :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2014
Consigne Bagages at Marseille Saint-Charles  (9 Answers)

Bonjour! I will be arriving at the Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles tomorrow afternoon and hope to check my suitcase at the consigne automatique before continuing to my next destination (a day trip to La Ciotat). I've read a lot about how this process works, how much it costs, where it's located, etc ... but I haven't been able to find any information about how much TIME it takes. I know that there is a metal detector/security procedure involved, so I imagine that it is not the speediest process in the world.

My current ticket only allows me 20 minutes in between my arrival at Gare Saint-Charles and my departure via regional train to La Ciotat. Will this be enough time to check a bag at the consigne automatique and run to my train??

Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2014
Is Marseille worth the visit?  (9 Answers)

I am planning an itineraryin France, and I found out a very cheap train that goes from the train station at Disneyland to: Marseille, Avignon or Montepllier (10euros each) I think it is a good way to get closer to Spain for a few euros, so I am considering to spend a day in Marseille. Is it worth the visit? I would also like to see Cracassonne since I will be in the south of France. Any other place you suggest?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2014
Small hotels near Porte  (4 Answers)

Safe for woman travelling alone, near public transport. Recommendations, please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2014
4 hours in Marseille  (2 Answers)

A group of four of us are spending the night in Marseille because we are flying back home to Portland Oregon on a 7am flight. We will be arriving to Marseille by car, on the afternoon of Saturday June 21 from Avignon. Is there a great restaurant or something we can do that evening? I hate to waste even a minute of the last night of our vacation. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2014
[email]  (4 Answers)

I will be cruising in July 2014 in the western Mediterranean, So it's starts in Barcelona. then Marseille.... now in Marseille I would like to know what excursion is worth it to see as we have limited time. from 9-3 I wanted to know if Cassis is worth seeing or Marseille tour??? To be honest I would like to find a private tour that would take us to Calanques, Cassis and this possible or even to see any parts of the French Riviera really? I will have 3 adults and 2 kids with us. Maybe the best tour should be half a day.....So Is there any tours you recommend from Marseille that will take you around> Our ship is MSC Cruises Splendida and they do offer Cassis, Marseille, etc,,,,but I want the kids to enjoy too and I want to know which city Or town is worth the excursion.....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2014
Getting to Barcelona  (20 Answers)

After abit of research I have discovered that there is no direct trains from Marseille to Barcelona. I am looking to travel on the 23rd of April (after Easter weekend). I contacted the train company and they said the only way to do it is travel to Port Bou, then stay overnight and continue on with the journey the next day. This made me also look at flying. I am not sure which one would cost less as i'm on a budget but I am very exciting for seeing Provence and don't want to have to get it out of my itinerary.

Has anyone done this route and have any other suggestions on how to get there? It doesn't look like Eurolines has any ether.
Bus or Train travel?
Are both of these airports easy access to the city centre?
Any thoughts!

Thanks guys!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2013
Luggage storage around port or train station.  (1 Answer)

We are disembarking from a cruise in Marseille and have an entire afternoon before we fly out. We would like to store our luggage somewhere secure for the day. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2013
Places to vist  (3 Answers)

I will be travelling solo next April next year and would like to spend about 5-7 days in Provence. My base will be Marseille and i'm planning to just do day trips out. I will be using trains as i'm only 20 and am not legal to hire cars in Europe yet!

What are some beautiful places to visit? I'm choosing destinations now so any suggestions would be great :)

Also, Verdon looks amazing but is it possible to reach with no car? I would really like to go there
Thank you everyone!

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