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Marseille, France

Le Vieux Port


Marseille is France's second largest city with a large port in southern France. With not a lot of interesting sights, consider heading to nearby Aix-en-Provence 30km to the north.

Where You're Docked

Ships dock at the commercial port a couple of miles north of the city. Shuttles are usually provided into the city dropping off by Hotel de Ville (City Hall) though you can also take a taxi. The port may provide a free shuttle to the city.

Information on getting to the terminal from Marseille Tourism website http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/marseille-cruises/join-your-cruise/

Cruise Ships Docked in Marseille

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Money and Tipping

France's currency is the Euro (EUR). In Europe, it is common to round up the bill to leave a small tip (5-10%).

Local Transportation

Marseille has a metro and tram network but it isn't too handy for tourists. Sights in the city center are easily reachable on foot.


Search hotels in Marseille here


  • Le Vieux Port (Old Port) - The old port area of the city
  • Notre Dame de la Garde - this church overlooks the city. Take bus 60 from old port or the tourist train if you don't want to walk up the hill.
  • Le Panier - Old town district of Marseille on the north side of Vieux Port
  • Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) - Opened in 2013 at the northwest corner of Vieux Port and connected to Fort Saint-Jean. Closed Tuesdays. http://www.mucem.org/

Shopping & Restaurants

Centre Bourse is a large mall at the end of Vieux-Port. Noailles market is an interesting ethnic market just east of Vieux-Port near the same named metro station. La Canebiere is the city's main street and the city centre is around rue Paradis. Place Thiars pedestian zone on the south side of Vieux-Port has many restaurants and cafes. Marseille is known for excellent pizza and bouillabaisse, a fish stew originating from here.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi for customers.



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