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Everything you need to know before departing from or arriving to Marseille Airport

Transportation from Marseille Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 2. 9. 2023

Direct buses and trains to Marseille and the whole of Provence stop just outside the airport.

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Bus to Marseille

The L91 express bus runs directly from the terminal to the centre of Marseille. You will find a stop in front of both terminals, in Marseille it stops at St. Charles station.

You can buy tickets online at store.marseille.aeroport.fr/bus.html (you can take any route for the day - you must print the ticket). You can also buy tickets at the kiosk at the stop (card and cash payment) or directly from the driver if the kiosk is not at the stop or is closed (cash payment).

  • Journey time: 30-45 minutes depending on traffic
  • Frequency: every 10 minutes (morning and late evening 20 minutes)
  • Fares: 10 EUR / 16 EUR return
  • Last bus from airport: 1:30
  • First bus from the centre: 3:30
  • Official website and timetable: marseille-airport.com//bus-l91

Juveniles 12-25 years old pay only 7 EUR, children 6-11 years old 5 EUR.

Train to Marseille

The train runs from the Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille Provence station, about 1.5 km away, and is a cheaper way of getting to the centre.

The airport bus line 13 will take you to Vitrolles station from the terminal in about 5 minutes for 1,20 EUR (payable by cash or card at the driver). The bus runs about once every 12 minutes, the first service from Vitrolles station to the airport runs at 6:05, the last from the airport to the station at 21:45, see timetable on the website marseille-airport.com/busgare-vitrolles.

A train ticket from Vitrolles to Marseille costs 5,70 EUR, so in total you will pay 6,90 EUR for the whole journey from the airport.

The train intervals are very irregular, and run on average once every 25 to 45 minutes. Timetables and online ticketing can be found on the website sncf-connect.com. Tickets can also be purchased from the SNCF ticket machine at the bus stop outside Terminal 2 or at the train station. Payment can only be made by card.

The train journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

  • Travel time to the centre: 35-65 minutes depending on the wait for the train
  • Frequency: irregularly 1-3 times per hour
  • Fares: total and with bus 6,90 EUR
  • Last connection from the airport: bus L13 at 21:45 + connecting train at 21:58
  • First connection from downtown: 6:08 train from St. Charles
  • Official website and timetable: bus L13 + SNCF train

Car rental

Marseille airport works as a great starting point for road-trips around the Côte d'Azur or the whole Provence region.

There are many car rental companies at the airport, both well-known and local brands. In the peak summer season, weekly rental prices are around 450 EUR, but in the low season from 300 EUR.

Bus to Nice

Marseille Airport and Nice are directly connected by Flixbus 1-2 times a day. The journey time is 3.5 hours and tickets can be purchased from around 12 EUR.

A considerably busier connection is to the centre of Marseille (see above), from where trains to Nice run 2-3 times an hour, but the total cost usually exceeds 40 EUR.

Bus to Aix-en-Provence

The popular tourist town of Aix-en-Provence, with a stop at the Aix TGV station, is served by the L40 bus.

Buses from/to the airport run once every 30 minutes. When travelling from the centre of Aix to the airport, beware that although the frequency is 15 minutes, half of the services terminate at the TGV high-speed train station. The first bus from Aix to the airport leaves at 4:50, the last bus from the airport to Aix at 0:25.

A one-way ticket costs 10 EUR. A return ticket is sold at a discount and costs 16 EUR. You can buy your ticket online at the airport website, from the driver (with card or cash) or at the ticket office at the bus station.

Timetables and official information can be found on this page.

Trains to Avignon

There are trains to Avignon from the nearby Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille station, which can be reached by bus line 13.

Trains to Avignon run 1-2 times per hour and cost 19,90 EUR.

Buses and trains to Nimes and Montpellier

Direct Flixbus buses run 3-5 times a day from Marseille Airport via Nimes and Montpellier to Narbonne and onwards to Spain. You can buy tickets online in advance from 8 EUR.

More frequent connections are offered by regional trains from Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille station, which can be reached by public transport bus line 13.

Local buses to Martigues and Salon de Provence

The nearby towns of Martigues and Salon de Provence, with their pretty historic centres, are connected to the airport by direct local buses. Tickets on all routes cost the same 2,50 EUR and can be bought from the driver (with card or cash) or online at the airport website.

  • Salon de Provence: buses L19 (every 30 minutes, journey time 50 minutes) and L17 (every 60 minutes, journey time 60 minutes)
  • Martigues: bus L38 (every 30-60 minutes, journey time 60 minutes)

Detailed timetables and official information can be found on the airport website: Salon de Provence / Martigues.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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