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Marseille (; French: [maʁsɛj] ( listen), locally [mɑχˈsɛjə]; English alternate spelling : Marseilles ; Provençal: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, -ˈsijɔ]), is the second-largest city of France. The capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur administrative region, it is on France's south coast and had a population of 852,516 in 2012. It has a metropolitan area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi), the third-largest in France after Paris and Lyon.
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|Saturday||10:00 AM – 12:20 PM, 1:40 – 6:20 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 12:20 PM, 1:40 – 6:20 PM|
These small tourist trains with two routes. One goes to Notre Dame de la Garde, the other through the Panier. They each make a stop where you can explore, then get on the next train to return, which comes every 20-30 min. The trains are quite old, and the people that work there didn't seem proactively helpful in any language. You should definitely sit in the back in order to hear the guided messages over the speakers, if you sit in the front the engine is too loud. The audio is played in several different languages but they aren't translated that well. Price is 8 EUR for adults, 4 EUR for children, so not too bad. Wear layers in case it's cold or windy, as it's completely exposed. Their credit card machine was broken when I went, so bring cash.
Quick and to the point, if you only have a few hours. This is worth the summary
We stumbled upon the petit train while attempting to do the tourist walks. Finding the train was wonderful, especially on a hot day. Open aired and nice simple facts about the area in multiple languages. Sometimes you needed to be quick with understanding which building was being spoken about. We took the train 2 to the north of Marseille which cut out having to catch a public bus, it also allowed us 25min to visit the church at the top of the hill, which was fantastic.
Was fun way to get up to notre dame. Bundle up though if it's cold out.
Very nice train ride that also passes the Notre Dame (route 1). Worth the money and time invested.
Very good note that bus 60 takes you to the notre dame but petit train gives you a good guided visit of the area with comments in French English and Spanish
Train takes you to notre dame while going along the shore of the sea. The views are wonderful.
Train very smokey and smelling of diesel fumes not a pleasant ride but necessary to view city
This is a great and relaxing way to visit Marseille and see some of their sites. Easy to locate. Right off the harbor.
Strolling around on the 'petit train de Marseille' is a sweet experience, mixing the taste of childhood with the knowledge of history in a highly pleasant environment. The tour runs through the 'vieux-port' and takes you, after passing through places like the 'plage de Catalans', to the basilica of Notre-Dame. In this place the train makes a stop and you can go down and contemplate the place, for those who are Catholic it is possible to light a candle and to pray. And those who are not adherents of Christianity can delight themselves with the historical structure of the place, which has a picture of N.S. of Notre-Dame high at the top in the church, and also a beautiful panoramic view of Marseille. After enjoying the ride, just use the same ticket to return. Worth every minute of the tour, it's lovely!
If you are English and come to marseille I would the petit train to anyone
We used the train on a hot and busy day so our experience may have been impacted by these factors. Waiting area has no shelter our wait was quite long Train was packed out across each seat One side is walled in so on a hot day if your sitting expect to have an uncomfortable experience Leg room is limited especially where wheel arches are avoid these if tall. Tip up to church was 30 to 40 minutesmstuck in traffic. When we arrive lot of the people wanted to go straight down as had had enough. However there were a large number of people waiting in the sun at the top so they head to get off. Our ride down only took 10 minutes we were pleased to get off as train was packedq
Nice view over Marseille :)
We used the train on a hot and busy day so our experience may have been impacted by these factors. Waiting area has no shelter our wait was quite long Train was packed out across each seat One side is walled in so on a hot day if your sitting on that side expect to have an uncomfortable experience Leg room is limited especially where wheel arches are avoid these if you are tall. Trip up to church was 30 to 40 minutes stuck in traffic. When we arrived a lot of the people wanted to go straight down as had had enough. However there were a large number of people waiting in the sun at the top so they had to get off to let them on. Our ride down only took 10 minutes we were pleased to get off as train was packed across
So much fun. We learnt so much. Beautiful
Great way to see the city and to save your legs up the climb to the church.