Marseille has a large cruise port with various cruise terminals and piers. These are located at Môle Leon Gourret (port No. 4), the industrial area of the port. Your cruise ship will dock at about 8-10 kilometers from Vieux Port, the historic center of Marseille, where most sights can be found. The the port is extremely busy. Many trucks rush around. Yet, it is possible to leave the port on foot and use public transportation to the city center.
Only smaller vessels (<200 meters) can dock closer to the city in La Joliette. Cruise passengers often choose for an excursion outside Marseilles to places like Aix-En-Provence, Arles or Avignon.
Marseille Provence Airport
It is an airport located 27 km northwest of Marseille, on the territory of Marignane, here you will find shuttle buses direct to Saint Charles train station from 05:00 to 23:00 hrs.
The bus stop is between the hall 1 and hall 4; every 20 minutes, a bus leaves to the train station and it takes approximately half an hour. The ticket costs about 9,00 euro per person.
To go to your cruise terminal, you can take a taxi from the train station Saint Charles. It will cost about 20 euro.
You will find a taxi outside the terminal and the price depends on the distance that you drive. From here to the cruise terminal you will pay about 50,00 euro.
During a cruise vacation to France, Marseille is often on the program. This fascinating city is conveniently located along the Western Mediterranean and offers various excursions to Provence. That's why cruises to Marseille are very popular.
The Grand Port Maritime in Marseille is one of the biggest cruise ports in Europe.
Outside the cruise terminal of Marseille you will find:
Language in Marseille
The language in Marseille is French, but on touristic spots you can also use English.
Currency in Marseille
The currency in Marseille is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Marseille
Opening times differ a lot around France, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 12.00h
and 14.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille is a cathedral and National Monument in Marseille.It's dating from 1896 and was built by the architects Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Esperendieu
La Vieille Charité
La Vieille Charité is a former chaplains house in Baroque style. It was built between 1671 and 1749
Abbaye Saint-Victor is a Roman monastery dedicated to St. Victor. It's one of the oldest abbeys in Europe. Abbey dates from the 5th century.
L’hôtel de ville de Marseille
L’hôtel de ville de Marseille is a main city hall of Marseille. It's symbolizes the new political status under Louis XIV. City hall was built by Mathieu Portal and Gaspard Puget
If you dock at Môle Leon Gourret (port No. 4) in the industrial area of the port, it is still about 8 to 10 kilometers to the center of Marseille. You can use the shuttle bus or take a taxi. A very good and cheap alternative is the public bus.
If you moor at La Joliette (sometimes the case with smaller cruise ships <200 m), then you are not too far from Vieux Port and the historic center. You can easily walk there or take the public bus.
For shore excursions outside Marseille to places like Avignon, Aix-En-Provence and Arles, the train from Gare Saint-Charles is a very good transportation option.
Marseille itself is a beautiful city where you can easily spend the whole day. The main sights are located in and around the old harbor, Vieux Port.
Many cruise passengers however opt for an inland excursion. Favorites are Avignon with its Palais des Papes and the bridge from the famous children song. Arles with its Greco-Roman roots and monuments. Aix-En-Provence with the beautiful Cours Mirabeau in the heart of Provence.
Marseille has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and humid winters.The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 30°C and in winter between 3°C and 6°C
Excursions in Aix-En-Provence
Excursions in Arles
Excursions in Avignon
Excursions in Marseille
You can find the Tourist Office in Vieux-Port in central Marseille. They are very helpful and you can get a free city map.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Marseille:
Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival, Cunard, Windstar Cruises, Royal Clipper, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent, Phoenix.