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How to get from Marseille airport to the city center

  • Business Mobility
  • November 18, 2023
How to get from Marseille airport to the city center

Marseille is one of France’s most interesting cities. In addition to its long history and incredible scenic beauty, Marseille is full of charming places such as the Vieux-Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde, as well as shopping streets such as La Canebière.

Knowing how to get from Marseille airport to the city center will help you plan your trips around the city and understand the different mobility options available to you.

If you are planning to visit Marseille for the Paris 2024 Olympics, or if you are planning a city tour or a business trip, you should know that there are several ways to get from the airport to the central streets. Here are the options.

How to get to Marseille from the airport?

There are several means of transport, both scheduled and non-scheduled, to get to Marseille from the airport. 

However, not all mobility solutions offer the same level of comfort, punctuality and confidentiality. Speaking of public transport, to get to the center of Marseille you can use:

  • Bus 
  • Train

Non-scheduled public transport solutions, on the other hand, are:

  • Taxi
  • Car rental with driver

Let’s look at them all in detail.

Getting to Marseille by train

If you are planning a trip to Marseille for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, it will be useful to know how to get to the city by train. 

However, the train from the airport to Marseille city center does not depart from the airport. The nearest station is Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille. You can take a free shuttle from platform 5 every 10-15 minutes. This shuttle takes about 5 minutes to get to the station.

From there it takes about 25 minutes by train to Saint Charles station in the center of Marseille.

Getting to the center of Marseille by bus

Another option is to take the shuttle bus from Marseille airport to Saint Charles train station.

The airport has an Airport-Marseille Centre bus service, which connects it to the city center with no stops. The average journey time is around 25 minutes, but may vary depending on timetables and traffic.

The shuttle bus to the center of Marseille runs daily, every 15 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes in the evening and early morning. 

The first shuttle from the center to the airport leaves at 4.10am and the last at 11.30pm. Conversely, the first shuttle from the airport to the city center leaves at 4.50am and the last at 0.10am. Timetables may vary depending on the season.

How to get from Marseille airport to the city center by taxi

Speaking of non-scheduled public transport, you can also get to the center of Marseille by taxi. You can wait for taxis in designated areas outside the airport.  However, the availability of taxis is not always high, especially during the high season. Waiting times can therefore be very long.

How to get to Marseille city center by car with driver

A convenient and fast way to get to Marseille from the airport is to hire a car with a driver. This service allows you to rent a car or van and have a private chauffeur at your disposal who will take care of every aspect of your journey.

Your chauffeur will take care of your airport transfer, waiting for you directly at the terminal, even if your flight is delayed, and will monitor the position of your plane in real time.

Why travel from Marseille airport to the city center with a chauffeur-driven car?

Hiring a car with a driver is the most comfortable and flexible way to get to your destination. Whether you are planning to visit the French Olympics, need to get to Marseille for work or a day out, LimoLane will be your ally to reach every corner of the city and its hinterland.

The benefits of LimoLane Chauffeur Hire are:

  • Flexibility: Chauffeur driven car hire offers maximum flexibility, allowing you to travel in premium cars;
  • No waiting: unlike public transport, with a private chauffeur you won’t have to wait and you won’t have any problems related to possible interruptions in public transport
  • Private driver: you will have a private driver who speaks your language and will manage every step of the journey for you;
  • Booking in advance: you can book your transfer in advance to ensure the best management of your journey. When you arrive at the airport, your driver will be waiting for you at the terminal;
  • Fixed cost: with a chauffeur-driven car, the cost is always fixed, without the variability of a taximeter or surprises at the end of the trip.

By downloading the free LimoLane app, you can book your car and driver in just a few clicks, up to an hour before you need them. Fill in the form to find out more.