Where is the cruise port of Marseille
Marseille is the largest port in France, in 2019 the passenger traffic of the
cruise terminal amounted to 1.75 million people. Marseille is the second
largest city in France. The port of Marseille stretches along the northern
coast of the city and includes ferry terminals, cargo terminals, dry docks
and cruise line terminals.
We are interested in the pier Môle Léon Gourret – there are the cruise terminals of Marseille. Large cruise ships are moored here. This is a view from a height.
The nearest building (purple and white coloring) is the new MarseilleProvence Cruise Terminal(MPCT), followed by parking and other buildings.
The long red building at the entrance to the pier is the older cruise terminal
Terminal 19. It is very far from the cruise terminals to the center of
Marseille, about 8 kilometers. The distance between the exit from the port
and the nearest bus stop is about one kilometer from Terminal 19 and
about 2 kilometers from MPCT.
Boarding the ship at the cruise port of Marseille
From the beginning let’s consider the situation when your cruise starts in
Marseille and you need to get to the port from the railway station or airport.
If Marseille is an intermediate city in your cruise scroll down below, there
you will find information how to get from the port to the old town.
How to get from Marseille Airport to cruise port
If you arrive at Marseille Provence Airport the most convenient way is to
use a cruise line transfer (purchased in advance) or a taxi. The cost
of a taxi from the airport to the seaport of Marseille is 50-70 euros. The
distance is about 25 kilometers. It is not cheap, but it's hard to get there by
public transport, especially with luggage (2 transfers)
If you decide to go by public transport at first you need to get from the
airport to the central railway station Saint-Charles (Saint-Charles). Do it by
which departs every 10 minutes and runs without
intermediate stops between the airport and the railway station. The cost of
the trip is 10 € one way and 16 € round trip. You can buy tickets at the
airport or online
. How to find the ticket offices and the shuttle stop, see the picture.
How to get from Saint-Charles station to the port read below.
How to get from Saint-Charles train station to the cruise port
If you arrive in Marseille by train or take an express shuttle from the airport
you arrive at the Saint-Charles train station. Here you need to take the
metro: line 2, direction Bougainville (Bougainville), stops "Joliette Square"
After it you have two variants. If you are lucky and a free port bus runs this
day you just need to go through the port entrance (which is located here
get on this bus and get to the cruise terminals free. You can find
information about the port bus below. If there are no buses this day you
need take the city bus number 35, direction L'Estaque, stop Littoral
Gourret. This stop is located about 800 meters from the nearest cruise
terminal and 2 km from the far one (see the necessary terminal in the
cruise documents). You should walk this distance along a special green
walking route. As you can see the road is not easy. May be take a taxi?
Free shuttle buses in the port of Marseille
Since 2013 the Port of Marseille has free buses between the Môle Léon
Gourret pier (where all cruise terminals are located) and the Joliette Square
metro station. Free buses run from 9.00 to 17.00 every 30 minutes on
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays; and from December 1 to April
1 - only on Saturdays and Sundays. Important: the schedule changes every
season and we do not update it in the article. Sometimes buses run other
days when there is a large cruise ship in the port. It is better to get information on
If you travel from the port in the direction of the center the stop is here
you do it from the Joliette station to the ships look for a stop here
route of the free shuttle is shown below.
How to get from cruise ships to the center of Marseille
If you arrive to Marseille for one day as part of a cruise and look for the
most convenient way to get to the center of Marseille there are three ways
for you. We know that distance from the cruise terminals to the old port is
about 8 kilometers, so it’s impossible to go on foot.
1) Cruise line transfer
The cost is 15-20 euros per person for a round trip. It is expensive, but
quite convenient - buses are brought to the city center, and you can usually
ride as many times as you want with one ticket.
The cost is 20-25 euros per car for four persons from the cruise terminal to
the old port (one way), minivan costs 35 euros per car for eight persons.
3) Public transport
Of course, the most convenient way is a free port shuttle bus we mentioned a little
above. It goes from the cruise terminals to the Joliet Square (from where
the old port is just a stone's throw away). But it only runs on certain days,
and if you're unlucky, you'll have to take the city bus number 35. From the ship you should walk along a green pedestrian path to the exit from the port
about 1-2 kilometers. The distance depends on the place of your ship.
There is a bus stop at the exit of the port, from here you can take the 35
bus to Joliette Square for 1.5 euros. From the Place Joliette you can start a
walk around Marseille.
Luggage at the port of Marseille
There are no luggage storage services in the cruise terminals of Marseille,
so if you need to leave your luggage for storage do it at the Saint-Charles
railway station or at the Marseille-Provence airport.
Parking at the port of Marseille
Parking is located at the very end of the pier Môle Léon Gourret (see the picture at the very top of the page), near the most modern terminal MarseilleProvence Cruise Terminal (MPCT). After entering the territory of the port,
follow the signs Parking croisière. The number of parking spaces is limited
and reservation is not possible. Parking is unguarded. Payment is accepted
at the vending machines in cash and by card. Contact phone number -
(33)491 03 01 15
Prices for parking in the port of Marseille
- Up to 45 minutes = free
- From 45 minutes to 1 hour = € 2
- From 1 to 9 hours = € 0.30 / 15 minutes
- From 9 to 12 hours = € 0.20 / 15 minutes
- Day from: € 14.
The cost of parking from 10 to 30 days (only for cruisers): € 140.
MPCT Cruise Terminal and adjacent parking: