By plane : The international Marseille-Provence Airport is located 25 km away from the city centre.
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There are several daily flights to Paris (duration : 1h15), and direct flights to major European cities (London or Frankfurt : 1h30/2h) and to many other French towns. > Air France > Lufthansa > Ryanair > Easyjet > British Airways > KLM > …

There are frequent buses between the airport and Marseille (Saint-Charles train station). Duration : 25 minutes / price : 8,50€.> Airport Shuttle Buses

Taxi : 20 minutes / price : from 50 € (day) to 60€ (night).> Airport Taxis
By train : The train station is right in the city centre, 10 minutes away from the institute by metro. There are also several bus lines at the station.
Paris : 3h15 / Paris-Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle : 3h50 / Lyon : 1h40 / Nice : 2h20.> SNCF

By car : Marseille is a highway crossroad between North-South (Lyon, Paris), and East-West routes (Italy and Spain).


Marseille, “The n°1 French city for partying” according to the Lonely Planet Guide (2014) !!!



Marseille as seen by the Lonely Planet guide : “Marseille is a rich, pulsing port city bubbling over with history, cutting-edge creative spaces and hip multicultural urbanites. Since Greek settlers came ashore around 600 BC, waves of immigrants have made Marseille (now France’s second-largest city) their home.

The city is looking fabulous after its tenure as the European Capital of Culture in 2013. It’s maritime heritage thrives at the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port), or you can explore the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, set on a hill above the water; the République quarter, with its swanky boutiques and Haussmannian buildings; and the stunning contemporary architecture of the Joliette area around Marseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major. Along the coast, seaside roads and cycling tracks veer around sun-scorched coves and sandy beaches.”


* discover the new face of Marseille:  the MuCEMLe Silole FRACla Villa Méditerranée, le musée Regards de Provence……


FRAC – Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain PACA

* drink a pastis or have some tapas on a terrace overlooking the Vieux-Port
* go hiking in the calanques
* an excursion on the Frioul islands, a few minutes from the Vieux-Port by boat
* scuba diving in the archipel de Riou
* try a bouillabaisse or some seafood in a traditional restaurant
* go wandering in the narrow streets of the Panier
* discover the small ports of the Goudes, l’Estaque, la Madrague, le Vallon des Auffes, …
* admire the panoramic view from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
* have a nap on the rocks at Malmousque or on the Prado beaches
* visit the musée d’Histoire to learn about the city’s complex history
* see the glorious architecture of the Longchamp Palace, the cathédrale Major and the Vieille Charité

Population : With just over 800,000 inhabitants (approximately 1,100,000 in the entire urban area), Marseille is France’s second city.

Climate : Annual average temperature : 15°C. Average temperature in January : 5,5°C. Average temperature in August : 23,3°C.

5-day weather forecast
Weather forecast – beaches

Cost of living :
Café : 1,50 – 1,80 €
Cold drink : 2 – 3 €
Sandwich : 4,50 – 5 €
Baguette : 0,80 – 0,90 €
Cinema : 7-10 €
Restaurant : 15 € (lunch)
Monthly pass for the metro/bus/tram : 46 €

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