With more than 850,000 inhabitants, Marseille is France's second city, the first French port and the fourth largest in Europe. Marseille is also considered the "world capital of water"; first by its visionary policy in the field of water, with the canal of Marseille, in particular, and second because it hosts the headquarters of the World Water Council since 1996.

Visit Marseille

Sightseeing in Marseille includes some major attractions such as Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Vieux Port, the Chateau d'If, the Palais du Pharo, the Forts Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas, and Borély Park. To explore on foot, by bike or by train!

More than 8,000 hotel rooms are available in the city in all categories. 7,000 more can be found nearby in the beautiful surrounding suburbs.

At your table after a pastis, try the fish baked in salt and the famous bouillabaisse. And refresh yourself with beautiful fruits and vegetables from the region.

Marseille city tours

For the 6th World Water Forum, the tourist information office of Marseille has planned a series of guided tours. Click here to find out more.

Tourism in Marseille



The Weather in March

The temperature in Marseille during the month of March is generally cool, with an average of 11.5°C. This weather is sometimes accompanied by wind and rain.


Euro (EUR; symbol €) As a general rule, the banks are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Credit Card

American Express, Diners Club and Mastercard are generally accepted city-wide.


Tipping is not practised in France. Hotel bills or restaurant bills especially, already include the service charges.


The majority of products and services sold in France are taxed at the level of 19.6% as the added value tax. The prices displayed already include this tax.

Smoking Areas

All persons wishing to smoke will be asked to vacate public premises, especially restaurants and hotels.


Standard voltage in France is 220 volts AC/60 cycles. Electrical outlets include two round prongs.

Emergency Calls

Emergency services can be contacted by dialling 112, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any telephone.

Time Zone

The time in Marseille is set on the UTC/GMT time zone +1 hour.

Dialling Code

To call in France, you must dial +33 followed by the area code (4 for Marseille) or the code for mobile phones (6 or 7).

Tourist Information

Marseille-Provence Airport Information


A journey between the Marseille-Provence airport and downtown Marseille costs 40€ during the day and 50€ at night. The night price begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 7:00 am. There is also a special price for Sundays and holidays.
You can contact the following taxi companies: Marseille-Provence Airport Taxis: Telephone: (+33) 442 14 24 44
Email : – Website :


Pass RTM: 15€
Unlimited travel by bus, underground, tramway available for 7 days. Points of sale:
St-Charles Station & Parc Chanot.

CityPass Congress: 29€.
7 days unlimited travels plus several touristic activities
Points of sale: Marseille Tourism Office & Parc Chanot.

More Info here.

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