Marseille ( mar-SAY, French: [maʁsɛj] (listen), locally [maχˈsɛjə] (listen); also spelled in English as Marseilles; Occitan: Marselha [maʀˈsejɔ, -ˈsijɔ]) is the prefecture of the French department of Bouches-du-Rhône and capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Situated in the historical province of Provence, it is located on the coast of the Gulf of Lion, part of the Mediterranean Sea, near the mouth of the Rhône river. Its inhabitants are called Marseillais.
Marseille is the second most populated city in France, with 870,731 inhabitants in 2019 (Jan. census) over a municipal territory of 241 km2 (93 sq mi). Together with its suburbs and exurbs, the Marseille metropolitan area, which extends over 3,972 km2 (1,534 sq mi), had a population of 1,873,270 at the Jan. 2019 census, the third most populated in France after those of Paris and Lyon. The cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, and 90 suburban municipalities have formed since 2016 the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis, an indirectly elected metropolitan authority now in charge of wider metropolitan issues, with a population of 1,898,561 at the Jan. 2019 census.
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Jeff P | Dec 23, 2017
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.
Amanda Tay | Feb 4, 2018
Quick and to the point, if you only have a few hours. This is worth the summary
Rachael Dunstan | Jun 23, 2017
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.
Acey Boyce | Dec 16, 2017
Was fun way to get up to notre dame. Bundle up though if it's cold out.
Rob Peters | Sep 20, 2017
Very nice train ride that also passes the Notre Dame (route 1). Worth the money and time invested.
Mattaniah lioness | Mar 9, 2018
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
Rohit Khess | Mar 15, 2018
Train takes you to notre dame while going along the shore of the sea. The views are wonderful.
lynda mumford | Apr 18, 2018
Train very smokey and smelling of diesel fumes not a pleasant ride but necessary to view city
Erin Sinkfield | May 9, 2018
This is a great and relaxing way to visit Marseille and see some of their sites. Easy to locate. Right off the harbor.
Daiane Ribeiro | Apr 30, 2018
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!
Daniel James Bonehill | May 18, 2018
If you are English and come to marseille I would the petit train to anyone
Djade Jade | Jun 13, 2018
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
Manuel Nöller | May 25, 2018
Nice view over Marseille :)
Djade Jade | Jun 26, 2018
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
Belinda Randle | Aug 3, 2018
So much fun. We learnt so much. Beautiful
Frank Patt | Aug 1, 2018
Great way to see the city and to save your legs up the climb to the church.
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