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Marseille

Yacht harbour, Marseille

Practical Info about Marseille

Getting around the city

The main way to get around in Marseille is via the extensive bus system, which services all parts of the city centre and the suburbs. Tickets are sold in cafes, at stations, or on the bus, and multi-day passes are available. Most buses run until 9pm, with a few continuing until 12:30am. Travel after dark is best accomplished in taxis, which can be found at most large hotels or on the street. Driving in Marseille is not recommended, as the city centre is full of narrow, one-way streets and parking is limited.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
WWII Victory Day 8 May 8 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Bastille Day 14 Jul 14 Jul
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Armistice Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day (Alsace) 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Marseille has a Mediterranean climate, meaning hot, dry summers and cool, humid winters. Winter weather is affected by the cold Mistral winds from the Rhone Valley, with temperatures averaging around 54°F (12°C) during the day and 39°F (4°C) at night from December to February. Conditions warm to around 63°F (17°C) by mid-May. Summers are usually warm and pleasant, with peak temperatures in July and August ranging from 75°F (24°C) up to as high as 84°F (29°C). The average rainfall is low, and though winter is the wettest part of the year there are only around five days of rain per month during this period. The best time to visit Marseille is between May and October.

Marseille Provence Airport

www.marseille-airport.com

Getting to the city

Shuttle buses leave the airport every 20 minutes for Marseille Saint-Charles Rail Station, where connections can be made to other destinations. Buses also connect the airport with Aix-en-Provence bus station and Aix-TGV rail station.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt are represented at the airport; desks are located on the ground floor of Hall 4.

Airport taxi's

Metered taxis are available outside the terminal.

Facilities

Facilities include a variety of retail outlets and duty-free shopping; bars, restaurants and cafes; internet cafes and a Business Centre; and banks, ATMs and bureaux de change.

Parking

Parking at Marseille Provence Airport starts at €6 for the first four hours and goes up to €15 per day in lots P1 and P6; €4 for the first hour up to €12.50 per day in P5 and P10; and €3 for the first hour up to €9.50 per day for P3 and P7, which are further away but served by a free shuttle.

Internet

Wifi is available in the business centre and Halls 1, 3 and 4.