Chateau D'if

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • 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

Chateau D'if - Review

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.

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TripHobo Highlights for Chateau D'if

  • Chateau D'if Address: Embarcadère Frioul If, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001 Marseille, France
  • Chateau D'if Contact Number: +33-603062526
  • Chateau D'if Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Chateau D'if Price: 6 EUR
  • Best time to visit Chateau D'if(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Chateau D'if: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Chateau D'if

  • 64.65% of people who visit Marseille include Chateau D'if in their plan

  • 42.58% 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

53.54% 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.

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Chateau D'if, Marseille Reviews

  • This was a fun site to visit. The ferry line was a bit onerous, but we didn't suffer the worst of it. I recommend getting in line at 8am to buy tickets for the first boat (leaving at 930). When we returned on the first boat back (arriving at vieux port at 1130ish) the departing line was very long. There isn't much to do on the island but climb a bunch of stairs and admire carvings in the plaster and stone. However, the views are phenomenal! Do climb to the top! Warning: the stair cases are spiral and narrow. The ferry ride back (except for a noon boat and a 6pm boat) first go to the second port of Frioul. Wish we could have gone swimming there, but we had a train ride out. If you do want to visit the Frioul archipelago make sure you buy the more expensive ticket. All said, this was definitely worth the trip.

  • Small, but interesting historical site. If you’ve seen “The Count of Monte Cristo,” this is not the same prison as it is depicted in the Hollywood movie, but it is what Andre Dumas based the book after. Don’t expect a grand castle, but you can expect a unique fortress/prison with a well-done display inside highlighting the myths versus the reality. Great view of Marseille from the tower. Worth the trip for sure.

  • Pretty cool to see once. If you're going to go here, you should also take some time to visit the other island nearby and take the little train up to the beach. It won't take you much time to visit the chateau, even if you think it's really interesting.

  • The Chateaux is well worth a visit, and is only a 20 minute boat trip from Marseille. Entry is free for EU citizens. The rooms inside the fortress aren't anything special, but it's still interesting, and the island is a good way to spend 90 minutes or so. There is a cafe, gift shop and toilets on the island.

  • A decent boat ride over but not much to see when you get there. Mostly an overpriced and fairly basic exhibition about The Count of Montecristo... Also extremely hot in the summer!

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