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For some years, Marseille struggled with a disturbing truth - the city’s reputation was crumbling, succumbing to a rise in crime, dirty, unkempt public spaces and a general lack of cultural buzz. The oldest city in France was losing its shine and all it could do was to stretch meekly towards an image of its former glory. 

The city has since regained its vitality - spurred on by its stint as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. Now Marseille is riding a burgeoning wave of creative and entrepreneurial pursuits, with urban renewal schemes kicked into overdrive and enough new trams, museums, hotels, restaurants and galleries to satisfy even the most fussy of travellers.

Come experience the rebirth of one of France’s most famous ports and historic cities.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Marseille is either by bicycle, boat or the metro.

It’s not recommended to drive in Marseille. Both car parks and on-street parking slots are exorbitantly priced and traffic is often horrendous.  

Navette Marseille buses travel from the airport to Gare St-Charles (adult/child €8.20/4.10) every 15 to 20 minutes.The airport’s train station also has direct services to several neighbouring cities including Arles and Avignon.

By Metro Train

Marseille has two metro lines (Métro 1 and Métro 2), two tram lines (yellow and green) and an extensive bus network. Bus, metro or tram tickets are available from dispensing machines located in the metro, at tram stops and on buses.

The metro runs from 5AM to 10.30PM (Monday to Thursday), and until 12.30AM (Friday to Sunday). Trams run daily from 5AM to 1AM.

By Car Rental:

With your hands at the wheel and the wind in your hair, the world is yours for the taking.

Whether you find yourself in Asia Pacific, the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East or Africa, make your car rental bookings through Ascott’s website and enjoy up to 5% off on self-drive car rentals (minimum 3 consecutive days rental) through AVIS and BUDGET - two of the world’s most renowned car rental companies.

Additionally, Ascott Online Advantage members are entitled for up to 10% off car rentals in the same countries with no minimum rental period, and can enjoy special member benefits at Ascott’s serviced residences. Sign up today.

For guests of Ascott’s serviced residences in Singapore, enjoy up to 20% off car rentals, valid for a more than 28-day self-drive period.

For more information on car rentals, visit the AVIS or BUDGET website.


By Bicycle:

With Le Vélo’s rental bike scheme, you can pick up and drop off a bike from over 100 stations within the city and along the coastal road towards the beaches.

Users must first subscribe online (paying €1/5 a week/year), after which you can ride free for the first 30 minutes. The rental fee starts after the free period at €1 per hour. Take note that bike stations only accept credit cards with chips.​

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