Marseille Tourism

Imagine a city that is steeped with history and it’s amazing relics, surrounded by beautiful beaches, adorned by clear blue skies and blessed with warm sunshine all through the year. Sounds like the city of dreams? Well, Marseille is just that and so much more.

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised with this amazing city! Marseille has inspired many artistes, travelers and connoisseurs alike. Its incredible landscape with glorious mountains and 57 km of pure white sands is the stuff of fantasies. No wonder then that millions of tourists are enchanted by this French seductress every year.

The oldest and second most populated city in France is a mesmerizing mix of French uber chic and Grecian charm. Whether you prefer culture over commercialism or luxury over minimalism, Marseille will leave you speechless. Be prepared to fall in love with the cultural capital of Europe!

Essential travel information and Marseille tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: CET or Central Europe Time (+01:00 hours)
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity & Internet: Voltage: 230 volts, 50 Hz. Primary socket type – include 2 pin ungrounded socket (Type C) and grounded two pin socket (Type E)
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. There are numerous Cafes providing free Wi-Fi to the tourists.
  • Language: French is the official language in Marseille. However, only handful of people speaks English.

Security

  • The most important emergency number: 112
  • Medical emergency: 15
  • Police: 17
  • Fire brigade: 18
  • Social emergency: 115
  • Abused children: 119
  • Missing children: 116000
  • For emergency calls for deaf and people with hearing problems: 114

Tipping

  • Service charges are already added in the restaurant bills. However, extra tips are accepted if you are satisfied with the service. The tip should not exceed over about ten percent of the total fare charge.
  • It is extremely popular in all of Europe to smoke cigarettes, but there are an increasing number of restaurants which have "no smoking" signs posted or no-smoking sections. Marseille is by no means a smoke-free city.
  • Do use a bicycle or an Electric bicycle to commute in Marseille. A great way to explore the hidden, non-touristy treasures.
  • Do try the local drink made of aniseed called Pastis. Locals in Marseille swear by it!
  • It is important to note that Marseille does have a notorious past that still haunts its streets. Don’t take your safety for granted.
  • Pickpockets are most active on public transport vehicles metro, in crowded shops, shopping centres, food markets, and popular touristy places. Make sure to keep your money, documents, mobile phone safe and secure.
  • Passports and travel documents should be kept in a safe place.
  • Confirm cab charges before getting in to the cab.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Marseille

  • Know the pollution level of Marseille before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.61 (High)
    • Water Pollution 43 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 64 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 85 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 28 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 68.75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 53.45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 53 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Marseille for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Marseille.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.42 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 55.49 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 57.93 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 60.04 (High)
    • Car Stealing 49.39 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.61 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 52.05 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.63 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 59.07 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.69 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 56.76 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.06 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 63.13 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Marseille is 149.23 (High)

    • Safety Index 44.38 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 92.7 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 65.1 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.18 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.25 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 85.85 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.43 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 90.61 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Marseille

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.24 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.51 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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