Marseille L'Open Tour

See the Seaside: Take Le Grand Tour of Marseilles

Nestled right on the Mediterranean Sea and an inspiration for artists like Van Gogh, Marseille has built a rich, atmosphere enhanced by the fresh sea air, ancient architectural foundations, incredible art and amazing food.

With its history so linked to the sea, it’s no surprise that the hub of Marseille’s action is at the Vieux Port, or Old Town – the perfect starting point for your hop-on/hop-off tour. Check out La Criée, Marseille's most famous theater. On the quai des Belges, take in the famous fish market. Enjoy a beach walk along La Corniche and stop for a croissant at Le Four des Navettes, the city’s oldest bakery.

There are a total of 13 stops on L'Open Tour, and you can either stay on board for a 90-minute overview of Marseilles (especially nice from the open top deck on a warm day), or get off at will.

Here’s what’s included:

    • A choice of 1 or 2 day consecutive pass.
    • 13 stops throughout Marseille.
      • Summer departures every 30 minutes.
      • Winter departures every 45 minutes (during weekends and Christmas) and every 90 minutes (during the week).
    • On-board commentaries available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. Individual handsets provided.



    • Reduced rate for children ages 4 - 11. Children under 4 are free.
    • Exchange the Rail Europe voucher for your Marseille L'Open Tour.
    • Hours of Operation:
      • Summer hours are 10:00am - 6:30pm.
      • Winter hours are 10:00am - 6:00pm.
    • Tour Operates:
      • Summer: April - October.
      • Winter: November - March.
    • Tour is not available on January 4 - 22, 2016.
    • Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase.
    • Prices are subject to change.
Where are the bus stops located and what landmarks can I reach from each stop?

  • Vieux Port / Mairie – City Hall, Maison Diamantee, Bergemon Square, Painier district, La Vieille Charite.
  • Metro-Vieux Port – Fish market, Opera, Criee Theatre & departure point to If Castle by boat.
  • Fort Saint-Nicholas – Palais du Pharo.
  • Catalans – Public beach in the city center.
  • Valion des Auffes – Small fishing port with colorful boats.
  • Fausse Monnaie – Promenade along the shore.
  • Oriol-Corniche – La Corniche is a waterfront road between the old port and Bay of Marseille.
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde – Notre Dame Basilica.
  • Corderie/Saint Victor – Saint Victor's dates back to the 5th century and was a trading pit stop in the Roman empire. Le Four des Navettes city’s oldest bakery.
  • Métro Vieux Port Musée Cantini – Contemporary French art.
  • Gare Maritime Internationale.
  • Cathédrale de la Major Musée des Arts Premiers – Museum featuring African, Native American and Pacific art.
  • Fort Saint-Jean / MUCEM – Cathédrale de la Major, Museum of Mediterranean Art, Saint Laurent Church.