Getting around Marseille
RTM (Régie des Transports de Marseille) manages the city’s reliable rail and road transport system with 2 metro lines, 3 tram lines and more than 120 bus lines.
A reliable and efficient company, particularly sensitive to the ecological aspect. It was in fact the first company in Europe to introduce an entire bus line (number 80) that is 100% electric!
Marseille is a city of profound contradictions. This is also evident in the use of two-wheelers which can rely on a well-organized system (le vélo) without adequate infrastructure. In fact, in the city, there is no real bike path, and pedaling could be quite problematic, between traffic and pedestrians.
In any case, the excellent Le Vélo offers over 100 bike rental stations in numerous points of the city. In each station you can count on a number from 10 to 20 vehicles. The prices are really low: you pay an annual fee of €5 and, subsequently, a cost of €1 for 30 minutes of bike rental per day, for 7 consecutive days. Attention only to the security deposit: 150€!
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Getting around Marseille by metro are recommended. There are two lines distinguished by two different colors; one, mostly raised, and the other, on the other hand, underground. With the metro it is possible to reach both the central and more peripheral areas. The blue line M1 runs from La Rose to La Fourragére. The red line M2, from Bougainville to Ste. Marguerite Dromel.
The metro is open every day from 05:00 in the morning until 00:30 (from Bougainville, the first departure is at 04:50).
It should be noted that many stations have access difficulties due to the presence of numerous stairs. In this case, it is better to opt for the trams.
GETTING AROUND MARSEILLE BY TRAM
The Marseille tram network consists of three lines, each identified in three different colors: T1 (orange) from Noailles to Les Caillois; T2 (yellow) from Arenc Le Silo to La Blancarde; T3 (green) from Arenc Le Silo to Castellane. Note that all lines and trams are accessible for the handicapped.
The times are the same as those of the metro: every day from 05:00 to 00:30.
GETTING AROUND MARSEILLE BY BUS
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A dense network almost extensively connects the center with the suburbs and with the three neighboring municipalities of Allauch, Plan-de-Cuques and Septèmes-les-Vallons. There are over 120 lines operating during the day from 04:00 in the morning until about 22:00, in addition to the 12 night lines, which guarantee service until one in the morning, connecting the city center and suburbs.
BHNS, Bus à Haute Niveau de Service, are three special, high-level lines in service in the city. They are identified by the letter B. The low-floor buses B2 and B3 are perfectly accessible for people with reduced mobility.
During the summer, from the end of April to the beginning of October, the maritime shuttle service, managed by RATM, is active for getting around Marseille by boat. Two lines, both with Vieux Port terminus, which connect La Pointe Rouge and L’Estaque. The service is active from the morning, starting from 08:00, until about 19:00. Tickets can be purchased directly on board, with costs ranging from a minimum of €5.00 to a maximum of €8.00, depending on the route.
On holiday in Marseille, be sure to try the experience of a crossing aboard the legendary Ferry Boat. The journey takes a few minutes, for just under 300 meters, from one bank to the other. The ticket, in this case, costs just €0.50 per person.
RTM, manages city traffic. All Marseilles vehicles are usable with the same ticket. The type of tickets is rather varied.
Single ticket (1 Voyage cards) costs 1.70€ and allows you to move within 59′ from validation on buses and trams, or a trip by subway. If purchased on board the bus, it costs 2,00€.
The 10 Voyages cards is a book of 10 single journeys, sold at the cost of 15.00€). In case you were in 4, it is extremely advantageous GROUP CARDS 4 PERSONNES. It is a single ticket valid for 4 people, during the same move; the ticket has the same characteristics as the Voyage card, with the difference that applies to 4. It costs 4.90€.
The PASS 24h, at the cost of 5.20€, allows you to make unlimited travel in the city on all means. For those who opt for a multi-day holiday, it is extremely advantageous PASS from 72h, which at the cost of 10.80€ allows you to make unlimited travel on all vehicles for three days.
All tickets must be purchased before boarding. There is no possibility to purchase the ticket on the vehicle, except for the bus. Tickets and season tickets can be purchased at the subway stations, at the main bus and tram stops and at merchants displaying the RTM brand.