There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Marseille each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) March or April: Easter Monday (national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)
Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues across Marseille.July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Marseille, this anniversary is commemorated each year with a fireworks display and dance parties open to everyone at various venues throughout the city.August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)
Notre-Dame de la Garde is the site of a popular pilgrimage for the Feast of the Assumption, followed by a torchlight procession and mass on the evening.Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public, such as castles and private collections. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)
French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
In Marseille and the entire region of Provence, a centuries-old holiday tradition demands that Christmas Eve guests be offered 13 desserts after dinner (grapes, nougat, dates, etc.).December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)
On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Marseille, with families and friends celebrating the new year.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||3/37||11/52||48/1.9||Not the best period to go|
|February||4/39||12/54||31/1.2||Not the best period to go|
|March||6/43||16/61||30/1.2||Not the best period to go|
|April||9/48||18/64||54/2.1||Good period to go|
|May||13/55||22/72||41/1.6||Good period to go|
|June||17/63||16/61||25/1.0||Good period to go|
|July||19/66||29/84||9/0.4||Not the best period to go|
|August||19/66||29/84||31/1.2||Not the best period to go|
|September||16/61||26/79||77/3.0||Good period to go|
|October||12/54||21/70||67/2.6||Good period to go|
|November||7/45||15/59||56/2.2||Not the best period to go|
|December||4/39||11/52||46/1.8||Not the best period to go|
The Marseille-Provence International Airport is located in the suburb of Marignane in Bouches-du-Rhône, about 25km (16 miles) west of Marseille.
Since traffic is often heavy and parking both expensive and hard to come by, public transport, taxis and bicycles are the best ways to get around Marseille.
Marseille's “CityPass + Public Transport” is a cost-saving and comprehensive sightseeing package. The pass offers free admission to 14 museums, a boat trip to the Château d'If with a guided tour, a trip on the Petit Train (a special mini tourist train) all the way up to Notre-Dame de la Garde, and unlimited rides on all bus, metro and tram routes (ferries are not included). The 1-day City Pass costs EUR 27 for adults and EUR 17 for children aged 7-15, the 2-day version is EUR 37 for adults and EUR 22 for children aged 7-15 and the 3-day pass is EUR 43 for adults and EUR 26 for children aged 7-15. For more information, go to https://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/experience/citypass/.
102 bus lines cover Marseille's entire metropolitan area, and run from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are also 12 night bus routes (Fluobus) that run from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are EUR 1.70. For further information, go to https://www.rtm.fr.
Marseille's tram network consists of three lines (T1, T2 and T3) with a total of 32 stations. Trams run from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and tickets are EUR 1.70. For more information, go to https://www.rtm.fr.
Marseille's metro is quick and efficient, but consists of only two lines. Trains run from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and tickets are EUR 1.70. For more information, go to https://www.rtm.fr.
Bicycling using Le Vélo is without a doubt the most pleasant way to explore Marseille. Distributed throughout the city, 130 bike-sharing stations (about one every 300m) offer 1,000 bikes, free of charge, at any time of day. The concept is simple: pick up a bicycle at one station and return it at another one, at your leisure, 24/7. With a short-term pass (7 days), the first half-hour is free, then for just EUR 1 you can enjoy an unlimited number of journeys for a whole week. For more information go to http://en.levelo-mpm.fr/.
Taxis are plentiful in Marseille. There are about 1,560 cabs divided among 80 taxi stands. 32 of these stands are equipped with telephones and may be reached via a single number: +33 (0) 811 46 90 90 (local call charges apply). Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., count EUR 1.80 per kilometre (EUR 2.22 for night fare, and on Sunday and holidays).
The Ferry Boat, immortalized by Marcel Pagnol in his film Marius with the impetuous Félix Escartefigue at the helm, takes you across the Vieux Port all day long. The "shortest ferry crossing in the world" will cost you EUR 0.50. For further information, please visit the https://www.rtm.fr/ferry-boat website.
There also are scheduled ferry crossings between the Vieux Port and the islands (Château d'If and the beaches of Frioul). The price of a return ticket is EUR 11.10 for one island and 16.70 for both islands. Be sure to check the times for the last departures in the direction of the Vieux Port. For further information, please visit the https://lebateau-frioul-if.fr/en website.
Upon your arrival in Marseille, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Metropolitan Tourist and Convention Office of Marseille
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The official tourism website of France has plenty of information available on Marseille.
The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).
ZAR 1 = EUR 0.06
EUR 1 = ZAR 16.67
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Marseille counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Marseille.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.
For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/requesting-a-visa/
Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in France, please check the information and advice provided on your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Office website.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Marseille a little easier:
In Marseille like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.