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How do I get around MARSEILLE?

Transport: Getting around Marseille - Public transport and other

Marseille, France’s second largest city, has an extensive and varied public transport network. In addition, alternative transportation options such as self-service bicycles and scooters, cabs and car-sharing services are also available. Here’s an overview of the different options for getting around the city.

Public transport

The *Régie des Transports Métropolitains* (RTM) manages the majority of public transport in Marseille, including buses, streetcars and the metro.

Marseille’s *métro* is made up of two lines (M1 and M2) that cover a good part of the city, with a frequency of one train every 5 to 10 minutes during the day. Service starts early in the morning and ends around 00:30.

The *tramway* network comprises three lines (T1, T2, T3) that cross the city center and reach certain outlying areas. Streetcars generally run from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Marseille also has an extensive network of *buses* serving almost every district of the city. Buses can be a convenient option for reaching destinations not served by the metro or tramway.

It’s also worth noting that Marseille has a *maritime shuttle* service linking the Vieux-Port to the city’s southern districts. These boats can be an original and pleasant way to get around, while enjoying the beauty of Marseille’s coastline.

Cabs and VTCs

Cabs are everywhere in the city. You can hail them on the street, find them at cab ranks or book them by phone. There are also several VTC (Véhicule de Tourisme avec Chauffeur) services like Uber, available via their respective apps.

Self-service bicycles and scooters

Marseille is a great place to get around by bike or scooter, especially in fine weather. Several self-service rental services are available in the city, such as Lime for scooters and Le Vélo for bicycles.

On foot

Finally, don’t forget that walking can be one of the best ways to discover Marseille. There are many sights within easy walking distance of each other, particularly in the Old Port and the Panier district.

It’s important to note that, as with any large city, traffic can be heavy during rush hour in Marseille. It is therefore advisable to plan your journeys accordingly, especially if you are going to a Rugby World Cup match.

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