Chateau D'if

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  • Address: Embarcadère Frioul If, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001 Marseille, France
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +33-603062526
  • Ticket Price: 6 EUR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Island, Family And Kids

About Chateau D'if, Marseille

It’s not the only prison of its kind in the world (Cannes has it’s Lerin Islands), but it’s the only one that Edmond Dantes of Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned in. The island is a heavily fortified prison with steep cliffs adorned by gun platform – an escape proof prison that no invading navy ever took. You know what? Looks are deceptive – its defences are very poorly planned, and a well thought out attack might very well have taken it out. Poor people were placed in the bottom cells and the wealthier prisoners had private cells higher up. It’s not made very tourist friendly. So look around and let your imagination place you in a cell instead. We know that’s what you really wanted to do!

The shuttle boat that takes you here also visits the other Frioul Islands: Ratonneau, Tiboulen and Pomegues. You can make a combined trip; it’s well worth it if you’re interested in extreme environments. The dry Mistral Wind caused some unique bird, animal and plant life to evolve here.

Chateau D'if Information

  • Hours depend on boat rides to and from the old Port.
  • Bring your own refreshments and water. There’s none to be had on the island.
  • Free for children.

Chateau D'if Ticket Prices

  • Full price: 5.5 Euros
  • Reduced price: 4.5 Euros
  • Group price (20 people): 4.5 Euros
  • Price for schools: 20 Euros
  • Under 18(with family), 18 – 25 (From EU or non-EU regular resident of France), disabled people with attendees, jobseekers and ICOM card holder: Free

How To reach Chateau D'if by Public Transport

  • With about 15 daily boat departures in summer and less in winter from the Old Port.
  • EUR 10 for a return trip.
  • 20 minute journey.

Restaurants Near Chateau D'if

  • Bring your own snacks.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Chateau D'if

  • 49.82% of people who visit Marseille include Chateau D'if in their plan

  • 42.77% of people start their Chateau D'if visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Chateau D'if

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

53.95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Chateau D'if

People normally club together Old Port and Notre Dame De La Garde while planning their visit to Chateau D'if.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Chateau D'if, Marseille Reviews

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  • Historic prison where you can find out the details of who was imprisoned here. Also used as the location where the Count of Monte Cristo was held in the book by Dumas. There is a bar and restaurant here to relax after seeing the castle. The boat trip and the island itself give a great view back to the city of Marseille.

  • I really enjoyed heading out to the Island and seeing Chateau d'If. Alot of interesting information around Alexandre Dumas and background behind the Count of Monte Cristo story and how it was formulated. Also stunning views of Marseille so bring your Camera to get some great panaramic shots. Lastly, I'd recommend you buy yourself a Marseille City pass as it covers both the return ferry trip as well as entry into the chateau itself on-top of free public transport and entry into a wide variety of other attractions.

  • Amazing feelings embrace you in this island, especially if you as a child read the immortal work of Alexander Dumas Comte Monte Cristo and was thrilled by all the dramatic stories through which the hero passed to achieve just revenge.

  • Bit if a disappointment you pay for the boat to both islands and then there is an extra charge to get into the chateau which you have to pay otherwise what's the point. Views are incredible from 2nd island

  • So beautiful. We enjoyed the visit.

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