Our travel notes
Traveling to Marseille
Located in the far South-East of France, Marseille is a landmark of the Mediterranean shores. Paris is 775 km away, Geneva 450 and Brussels over 1000 km. All modes of transport will lead you to the great port city; however, some will turn out to be more convenient according to where you come from.
The Marseille Provence international airport is located 25 km away from the centre towards the North-West, in the town of Marignane. It is well served by domestic and international airlines. Shuttles take you to the Central St Charles railway station every 15-20 minutes. The outward trip lasts 25 minutes and costs 8€; service stops between 0h10 et 4h30. A taxi ride will cost you roughly 45€ in the daytime and 60€ at night.
Even though it is far from the centre of France, Marseille is well connected to the European railway network. The city is even a big railway hub, thanks to its location at the mouth of the Rhone Valley corridor and at the end of the large Paris-Lyon-Marseille axis. It takes just 3 hours to reach Marseille from Paris and 1h40 from Lyon. If you come form Switzerland, the train links Geneva to Marseille in roughly 3h30.
You can also drive to Marseille, especially if you come from the Centre or the South of France; this is obviously the cheapest option. Besides, if you cannot charter a bus for your group, you can try the new regular lines that have been developing since the liberalization of the sector started, offering affordable rates.
Hotels of all standards for all kinds of groups
With its 850,000 inhabitants, Marseille is the second biggest French city; it is also a major Mediterranean port. Therefore, the vast array of hotels that are well-equipped to welcome groups comes as no surprise! Let's take a tour of the main districts. The "Vieux Port" ("Old Port") and the famous "Canebière" way represent Marseille' throbbing heart. It comprises the first two "arrondissements" (quarters), notably with the Saint Charles railway station, whose surroundings are currently undergoing renovation. North of the Vieux Port, the Panier is the historical centre with its typical maze of small streets, its traditional facades and its flights of stairs. This area is home to many artists - and restaurants! Close to the Canebière and the Vieux Port, the Cours Julien and La Plaine districts are hip, lively students districts, displaying many bars and concert venues. In the 1st and 4th quarters, Longchamp and Cinq Avenues are peaceful shopping areas, with handsome ancient buildings. Located in the 7th quarter, Roucas-Blanc and Bompard are posh sought-after areas, with their village atmosphere and beautiful houses on the hills. Still in the 7th, the Pharo and its eponymous Palace features the famous Plage des Catalans. With their village-like atmosphere, the Chartreux and Saint Just are up-and-coming districts at the foot of the Saint Barnabé hills; they host the Sainte-Marie-Magdeleine des Chartreux church. As for the Euroméditerranée business district, it is located North of the Vieux Port, near the Juliette port. Parc Chanot is the main congress & events centre, near the famous Stade Vélodrome, in the 8th district. Groupcorner helps you select the hotels that will suit your wishes, in terms of equipment and location.