Marseille Cruise Port

Marseille Cruise Port

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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.

Marseille cruise terminal - 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 express shuttle 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" (Joliette).

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?

Marseiile cruise port - walking route

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 the spot. 

If you travel from the port in the direction of the center the stop is here. If you do it from the Joliette station to the ships look for a stop here. The route of the free shuttle is shown below.
Free shuttle buses in the port of Marseille

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. 

2) Taxi

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.
How to get from cruise ships to the center of 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:
MPCT Cruise Terminal and adjacent parking

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