The city of Marseille, France, has a metro service managed by RTM. It was inaugurated on November 26th, 1977. It has two lines and 28 stations. The ticket for a single ride in the metro costs 1.70â‚¬. Check beforehand if the station where you want to go has ramps and elevators for wheelchair bound people. In some trains it is prohibited to board with a stroller. As a fun fact, there are two frescoes in one of the stations. The length of the metroâ€™s railway will be doubled by 2035. There are a lot of touristic attractions near the Saint Charles station.
Marseille is one of the oldest cities in France. It was built over 2500 years ago. Marseille is the capital of the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote dâ€™Azur, and the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhone department. With a population of 900,000 inhabitants, Marseille is the second most populated city in France. The cityâ€™s airport is called the Marseille Provence Airport.
The Marseille Metro was inaugurated on November 26th, 1977, with the inauguration of Line 1. Among the first stations to be inaugurated were the Saint Charles and the La Rose-Technopole de Chateau-Gombert stations. Afterwards, Line 1 was expanded with the construction of the Castellane station on March 11th, 1978.
Line 2 was inaugurated on March 3rd, 1984, with the inauguration of the Joliette station. The next Line 2 station to be built was Saint-Marguerite Dromel, which was inaugurated on February 1st, 1986. The following station to be constructed was Bougainville, which was built on February 14th, 1987.
Line 1 was expanded on September 5th, 1992, with the construction of La Timone station. La FourragĂ¨re station was the last station to be built. This station was inaugurated on May 5th, 2010.
The Marseille Metro has two lines and 28 stations. The lines are called Line 1 and Line 2. The stations for each line are the following:
- Line 1: It has the following stations: La FourragĂ¨re , Louis Armand , Saint BarnabĂ© , La Timone , La Blancarde , Castellane , Baille , Vieux-Port - HĂ´tel de Ville , Estrangin â€“ PrĂ©fecture , Saint Charles , Colbert - HĂ´tel de RĂ©gion , Cinq Avenues Longchamp , RĂ©formĂ©s CanebiĂ¨re , Saint Just - HĂ´tel de DĂ©partement , Chartreux , La Rose , Frais Vallon , MalpassĂ©
- Line 2: It has the following stations: Bougainville , DĂ©sirĂ©e Clary , National , Jules Guesde , Joliette , Noailles , Saint Charles , Castellane , Notre Dame du Mont - Cours Julien , Rond Point du Prado , PĂ©rier , Sainte-Marguerite Dromel
The Marseille Metro makes connections with the Marseille Tramway, the TER Provence-Alpes-Cote dâ€™Azur (TER PACA) regional railway service, the Marseille Buses, the ferries from Ferry Boat, and the ferries from Navette Maritime de Marseille. The connections available at each station are the following;
The nearest metro station to Marseilleâ€™s airport is Saint Charles station. To go from the airport to this station, board the Navette Aeroport â€“ Gare Saint Charles bus. The busâ€™s ticket costs 8.50â‚¬. The trip from the airport to the Saint Charles station lasts half an hour. This busâ€™s departure frequency is of 20 minutes.
2) Opening and closing times: The opening and closing times from Monday through Friday from each station will be shown. The following format will show the name of the station, the opening time, and the closing time of the station.
Prices will be shown in euros.
- Tickets (occasional trip): They are divided into the following categories: Single Ride Ticket (1.70â‚¬), Single Ride With Manual Refill (1.36â‚¬), Single Ride Ticket (Sold by the Bus Driver) (2â‚¬), City Subscription for 72 Hours (41â‚¬), City Subscription for 48 Hours (33â‚¬), City Subscription for 24 Hours (26â‚¬), Card for Two Rides (3.30â‚¬), Group Card for Four People (4.90â‚¬), 10 Trip Card (13.70â‚¬), Ferry - One Ride (between 5â‚¬ and 8â‚¬), Subscription for 72 hours (10.80â‚¬), and Subscription for 24 Hours (5.20â‚¬).
- Subscriptions: They are divided into the following categories: Le Pass XL Permanent, Le Pass XL 30 Jours, Le Pass XL Annuel, Le Pass XL 7 Jours (13.70â‚¬).
The train driver could prohibit you from boarding the metro if you have a stroller. Strollers will only be allowed in a few trains.
You need an XL subscription or a Transpass card to use metroâ€™s parking services. The payment required for the parking services depends whether you have an XL subscription or not. Here are the payment instructions:
a) People with an XL subscription: If you have any of the XL subscriptions, you can use the parking for free. You need to make a round trip in order to use the parking. You have up to two hours after your return trip to remove your car from the parking lot.
b) People without an XL subscription: If you possess a Transpass card but not a XL subscription, you will have to pay a fee to use the parking services. The fee will be discounted from your Transpass card. The parking service will be free if you remove your car from the parking lot in under 10 minutes. You cannot park your car for over 24 hours. The parking fees are the following:
RTM offers bicycles for rent. You need the Transpass Card or an XL subscription in order to rent them. Then, you will need to create an online account at RTMâ€™s website (www.rtm.fr). Afterwards, you will need to log in into your account and click on the link called â€śSubscribe to the bike plan.â€ť You need to accept the terms and conditions. Finally, you will have to pay a 1â‚¬ fee by using a credit or debit card.
You can use the bicycles at any time of the day. You can use the bicycles for free during the first 30 minutes. If you use the bicycle for over 30 minutes, you will have to pay 0.5â‚¬ per hour. To use a bicycle, you will have to use a Transpass Card or an XL Card at the card reader at any bike rack.
All of the metroâ€™s rail cars will be replaced by automatic trains. The replacement will take place in 2023. Additionally, the platformâ€™s doors at the stations will be replaced with doors with a height of approximately 1.8 meters of height.
RTM plans to expand Line 2 in order to offer rides between Bonneveine and Rond-Point du Prado. They will finish this expansion by 2018, with the construction of a new station called GĂ¨ze.
Line 2 will also be expanded to offer rides between Saint-Marcel and Saint-Loup. To achieve this, RTM will add approximately four kilometers of railway to Line 2. RTM will finish this expansion by 2025.
Finally, the length of the metroâ€™s entire railway will be doubled. RTM will finish this expansion by 2035.
The Saint Charles station will be used as a reference point. The closest touristic attractions to the Saint Charles station are the following:
1) Vieux Port: The trip lasts 10 minutes. From Saint Charles, board a Line 1 train from the metro, and head towards La Rose-La FourragĂ¨re for five minutes. Finally, get off at Vieux Port.
2) Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica: The trip lasts 20 minutes. From Saint Charles, board a Line 1 train from the metro, and head towards La FourragĂ¨re during five minutes. After 12 stops, get off at Vieux Port. Walk towards Vieux Port (Cours Jean Ballard). Then, board bus 81, and head towards Le Pharo during five minutes. After three stops, get off at Place la Corderie. Finally, walk 760 meters towards Rue Fort du Sanctuaire.
3) MuseĂ© des Civilisations de lâ€™Europe et de la MediterranĂ©e (MuCEM): The trip lasts 15 minutes. From Saint Charles Station, board a Line 1 train from the metro, and head towards La FourragĂ¨re during five minutes. After two stops, get off at Vieux Port. Walk towards Metro Vieux Port. Then, board bus 82 S, and travel towards Gare Saint Charles during five minutes. After five stops, get off at La Major. Finally, walk 400 meters towards 7 Promenade Robert Laffont.
4) Saint-Victor Basilica: The trip lasts 15 minutes. From Saint Charles station, board a Line 1 train from the metro, and travel towards La FourragĂ¨re during five minutes. After two stops, get off at Vieux Port. Walk towards Vieux Port (Cours Jean Ballard). Board bus 81, and head towards Le Pharo during five minutes. After five stops, get off at Saint Victor. Finally, walk to 3 Rue de lâ€™Abbaye.
5) CathĂ©drale de la Mayor: The trip lasts 15 minutes. From Saint Charles station, board a Line 2 train from the metro, and travel towards Bougainville during four minutes. After two stops, get off at Joliette. Finally, walk 700 meters towards Place de la Major.
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