Previously named Marseille–Marignane Airport, Marseille Provence airport was established since 1934. As of 2013, the airport serves over 20 airlines, offering flights to 132 destinations. It has four terminals. Terminal 1 serves international flights. Terminals 3 and 4 are for domestic arrivals and departures respectively and Terminal mp2 serve low-cost carriers.
Marseille is the second largest city in France located along the Mediterranean coast with a population of around 1.6 million. Unlike other cities in France, Marseille boasts a unique culture and offers a plethora of attractions like Palais Longchamp and the stunning calanques. Numerous maritime and historical museums can be found in Marseille as well.
The airport is located 25km from the Marseille city centre. The two fastest ways to the airports are through airport shuttle buses or via trains. Shuttle buses depart from Marseille St Charles railway station every 15 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on the time of the day.
If you are taking the train, take to Vitrolles Aéroport railway station. From there, take free shuttle buses to the airport. Journey time for both modes of transport takes around 20 to 30 minutes.
Where to go
Less an than hour's flight away lies Lyon. Beneath the opulence of this vibrant and gastronomic city lies scores of attractions such as Passage Thiaffait, Lyon Cathedral and Vieux Lyon, Lyon's renaissance district. Be sure to head to La Cave Valmy to learn about Lyon's wines. Dine at the Lyon's bouchons, small eateries serving authentic Lyonnaise dishes like chicken liver cake or quenelle.
No trip to France is completed without a visit to the splendid capital city. Arguably, many will make a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Louvre for its extensive art collection. Other historical monuments in Paris includes Arc de Triomphe, located along Champs-Élysées. Head to Île de la Cité, a natural island located within Paris's vicinity. Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is also located on the island.
Located in South West France is the city of Bordeoux, home to almost a million residents. Known for Bordeoux wine, the city is also famed for being a city of art and history. Places of interest include Europe's largest square, Esplanade des Quinconces, the Grand Theatre, Pont de Pierre and impressive Place de la Bourse.
Munich is the capital city of the state of Bavaria. The city also hosts the renowned Oktoberfest. Nature lovers can drop by the scenic Englischer Garten. Deutsches Museum is the world's largest museum that chronicles the progress of science and technology. Other attractions include the city's New Town Hall and BMW Welt.
Just 1.5 hours by flight away is Amsterdam. The allure of this city lies in its liberal and laidback attitude as seen from the numerous coffee shops selling soft drugs, to De Wallen, the red light district. Arguably, many museums can be found across the city as well, from Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum to Van Gogh Museum.
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Mid-haul flights include flights to Istanbul. For a taste of local life, head to the Grand Bazaar, a maze and labyrinthe of shops, mosques and restaurants. Religious attractions include the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The impressive Topkapı Palace is also a must-visit sight in the city.
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