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Transfer Options from Marseille Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Marseille Airport to City Centre

Marseille Provence Airport is the fifth busiest in France, offering international travellers a transport hub to access the country from. When travelling from Marseille airport to the city centre, you have three different transport options, by bus, train or taking a taxi. Your first direct option is to take a Marseille airport taxi, which costs 50€ in the day and 60€ at night. Marseille airport is 27km away from the city centre, so your journey will take around 30 minutes in normal traffic. Your second direct option is to take the airport shuttle bus. Tickets cost just 8.30€ one-way and your journey will take 30 minutes to the Saint Charles railway station in Marseille. Your final transfer option is to take an indirect train. This journey will take around 23 minutes to Saint Charles railway station and costs 5.10€ one-way.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €16.60 30min 04:10–23:30
Taxi €50 30min 24/7
Train €10.20 23min 05:58–20:26

How to get from Marseille airport to city centre by bus

The only form of public transport that will take you from Marseille Provence airport directly into the city centre is by bus. The Airport shuttle bus runs from 04:10 to 23:30 and takes only 30 minutes to reach the Saint Charles railway station in Marseille. Tickets cost 8.30€ one-way.

How much is the bus from Marseille airport to city centre?

A one-way ticket from Marseille Provence airport to the city centre costs 8.30€. You can purchase your tickets at the transport kiosk in the arrivals hall or at one of the many automatic ticket machines located around the arrivals terminal.

Cost

8.30€

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There's a wait time of 20 minutes.

Conveniece
Safety
Value for Money

The airport shuttle bus is available from 04:10 to 23:30.

Where do I get it from?

The airport shuttle bus leaves from Terminal 1 (MP1). You can find the bus waiting at platform 2 between Hall 1 and 3. Be aware that each shuttle has a different route, so make sure you are getting on the correct one.


Convenience

If you are travelling on a budget then taking the airport shuttle bus is a fantastic option. Not only will it get you to the city centre in the same time a car would, but it also costs a fraction of the price.

Editor’s Note

The airport shuttle bus will take you to the Saint Charles railway station, which then has many different transport options to get you to anywhere in the city.

Useful Tips

As the airport shuttle bus is the only direct form of public transportation, it gets full very quickly. Be sure to get your tickets as quickly as possible.
There's plenty of luggage storage space under the bus, so if you're not traveling light this is a good option.
Keep your ticket handy, you'll need it to get on the bus at your allotted time.

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How to get from Marseille airport to city centre by taxi

Marseille airport taxis provide a safe, quick and convenient transfer option into the city centre. Taxis at Marseille airport charge using a flat rate fee which is 50€ during daytime hours and 60€ at night into the city centre. Your journey shouldn't take more than 30 minutes in normal traffic, however, in peak hours it could take a little longer.

Taxi fare from Marseille Airport to city centre

Taxis at Marseille Provence (MRS) airport are charged using a flat rate fee that increases during nighttime hours. The journey from Marseille airport to the city centre will cost 50€ in the day, which increases to 60€ at night. Many Marseille airport taxis accept credit cards, just look for the MasterCard symbol on the window.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM MRS - TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€50
€60
30 min
FROM MRS - TO CITY CENTRE
€50
€60
30 min
FROM MRS - TO AIX EN PROVENCE
€50
€60
30 min
FROM MRS - TO AVIGNON
€150
€180
63 min

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Convenience

Taking a Marseille airport taxi into the city centre is efficient, quick and comfortable. It gives you time to relax a little after your flight and discuss your holiday plans with your friends and family. However, depending on when you land, there could be a queue for the taxis and the journey could be quite expensive.

Editor’s Note

Once in Marseille city centre, taxis charge using a taxi meter based on distance, not using a flat rate fee.

Useful Tips

Standard sized taxis at Marseille airport can carry up to 4 passengers, so if you're willing to share a taxi it will heavily reduce your cost.
Taxis at Marseille airport accept many forms of payments including cash in Euros, French Francs and credit cards.

How to get from Marseille airport to city centre by train

Unfortunately, there is no direct train from Marseille Provence airport to the city centre, you must first take a shuttle to the Vitrolles Aeroport train station, and from there take your train. Tickets cost 5.10€ and the train takes 23 minutes to reach Saint Charles railway station in Marseille.

How much is the train from Marseille airport to city centre?

A one-way ticket from Marseille Provence (MRS) airport to the city centre costs 5.10€. You can purchase your train ticket once you reach the Vitrolles Aeroport train station from the ticket booth or one of the automatic ticket machines.

Cost

5.10€

Trip Duration

23 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 60 minutes

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Trains are available from 05:58 to 20:26.

Where do I get it from?

To get the train to the city centre, you must first take a free airport shuttle to the Vitrolles Aeroport train station. This shuttle leaves every 10-15 minutes and takes 5 minutes to reach the train station. From there, you will head down to platform 3 which is located in front of Terminal 1 (MP1).

Convenience

Although the train only takes 23 minutes to reach the city centre, it doesn't leave directly from Marseilles airport, so it adds on extra travel and waiting time to your journey. This coupled with the fact that there's not much space for your luggage makes this the least convenient transfer option from Marseille Provence airport.

Editor’s Note

Once you reach the Saint Charles railway station in Marseille, you can take either the city bus or the metro (M1 and M2) to your final destination.

Useful Tips

Be sure to scan your ticket before entering the train to validate it.
There are two luggage racks on each train car, so if you're travelling with large luggage you may wish to sit near one of those.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get from Marseille airport to the city centre?

When traveling from Marseille airport to the city centre you have three options, bus, taxi or train. A taxi costs 50€ in the day and 60€ at night and takes 30 minutes to reach the centre. A bus will cost you 8.30€ one-way and your journey will take around 30 minutes. Finally, a train will take 23 minutes and costs 5.10€ but this service is indirect and requires additional travel to reach the Vitrolles Aeroport train station.

Does Marseille airport have a train station?

Not exactly. To get to the Vitrolles Aeroport train station you will need to take a 5 minute shuttle bus. From there you can find trains into the city centre.

Are there two airports in Marseille?

No, there is only one airport in Marseille, and that is the Marseille Provence (MRS) Airport. This airport is located 27 km from the city centre of Marseille and is the 5th busiest in France.

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