When the sunshine, wine, and good times of Provence beckon, flights to Marseille are the best way to travel. Flying to Marseille will put travellers within a few minutes of the city's nightlife, modernist architecture, and exceptional museums, while the beauty of France's southern coast will be open for exploration.
Flights from the UK will touch down at Marseille Provence Airport, the city's sole aviation facility. From Provence Airport, visitors can catch direct buses to Marseille St Charles Station - the central railway hub. After that, Metro connections, local buses, taxis and walking will allow easy transfers to nearby accommodation.
Those coming from London and the surrounding area can take flights with easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Air France, and Eurowings. All fly direct from London airports to Marseille Provence. Ryanair also flies from Edinburgh, while easyJet offers summer services from Glasgow and Bristol, and Aer Lingus schedules regular direct flights from Dublin. So getting to Marseille is rarely hard.
There's no shortage of good reasons to choose plane travel for trips to Marseille. Firstly, flying is by far the fastest method of transportation. Alternatives like trains, buses, or driving will take at least 12 hours from UK locations, and probably far longer. By contrast, flights can be in Marseille within 2 hours, and visitors can be at their accommodation, ready to see the town, 3 hours after leaving their homes. With budget airlines serving the route, fares are reasonable, and there's no lack of departure times from major UK airports.
Marseille is a fairly large city, and attractions like Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation or the Stade Velodrome are slightly outside the centre. This makes it useful to purchase a City Pass Marseille, which makes getting around far cheaper, while offering discounted access to many attractions. These include the cluster of museums around the Vieux Port, such as the cutting edge Mucem, as well as the fascinating History Museum. The hilltop Basilica of Notre Garde is a must-see, but so are the Calanques - a series of rocky inlets located north of the city itself. There's no better place for a cooling dip in the Mediterranean, followed by gourmet meals in resorts like Cassis.