There are a lot of ways to come to Marseille :)
The address of the main venue is: Résidence La Canebière 7 rue Papere, 13001 Marseille. Just in case you need it, here are the GPS coordinates of the main venue: latitude 43.300771/longitude 5.382177 E. It is located approx. 20 min by foot from Marseille St. Charles train station or approx.12min with M2.
If you come to Marseille by plane the Aéroport Marseille Provence (MRS) and the low cost Aéroport Marseille Provence Terminal 2 (MP2) (there are situated 100 meters away from each other) are really nice airports located very close to the city (25 km away from Marseille). From there you can either take:
a) a direct bus/coach between the airport and Marseille city center
Your bus/coach will depart from the bus station (platform 6) at the airport. It will take 30-50 min to reach the city center. A one way ticket costs €10, but a round trip costs €16, so if you go back home by plane, it is cheaper to buy the round trip ticket :)
CAUTION! you CANNOT buy your ticket on the day of your arrival and You MUST have PRINTED your ticket on an A4 sheet as it will not be accepted if it is on your mobile phone.
During rush hours those bus are running every 10 min.The timetable and fares are available in a pdf file.
Tickets can be bought online (credit card only) and at ticket offices (credit card or cash) or directly from the bus/coach driver (if ticket office is closed!). You cannot buy your ticket online the same day you arrive, you have to buy it at least one day before your arrival. When you buy a shuttle ticket, you have to submit the date of your flight. The ticket cannot be used any other day. When you enter the bus, the driver will give you a small white ticket. Don't lose it, that's your return ticket! If you lose it, you will have to buy another one. The small white return ticket can be used at any date.
b) Free shuttle + train
First take a free shuttle bus from the bus station (platform 5) at the airport. It will take you to Marseille Provence train station. The shuttle bus leaves every 10-15 min. It takes only 5 min to reach Marseille Provence train station, which is the only stop and terminus of the shuttle. From there take a train TER to the city center – Marseille St. Charles train station. Tickets can be bought at the train station or online. The timetable and fares are available in French only, so please use Google Translate. To buy cheaper tickets use the OUIsncf App. You don't need to print them! These tickets will be cheaper than those bought from the ticket machine at the train station. There is only one ticket machine at the Marseille St. Charles station and when there is sun shining on the screen, it's very complicated to actually buy tickets.
c) rent a car to go to the venue (or your hotel)
There are many car rental companies available (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, GoldCar, Hertz, InterRent, National and Sixt). Be reminded that it is always preferable to book in advance to be sure to have a car ready for you when you arrive. Nevertheless we don't recommended using cars in the city center because of traffic jams and the lack of parking spots.
If you come to Marseille by train the closest train station is Marseille St. Charles. All trains are run by SNCF, a French railway company, but you may be able to book your tickets from another websites, as well. If you are take the bullet train (TGV), you can buy tickets online and on the SNCF website. Tickets can be bought only 3 months in advance (ex: starting September 28th you will be able buy a ticket for a train leaving on December 28th).
You can come to Marseille by bus/coach. Flixbus and Euroline come to Marseille, but the seats may be available only a few weeks before your trip's date. Be careful - buses arrive either at the airport or at Gare routière Saint Charles, which is very close to Marseille St. Charles train station. Choose the second one! :) It is called Gare routière Saint Charles - Pôle multimodal St Charles - Rue Honnorat - Platform 1 or 2, 13000 Marseille. The map showing your route from the Flixbus’s/Euroline’s bus stop at Gare routière Saint Charles to the venue.
…by car = I need a parking
If you are staying in a hotel there is a great chance that you could use your hotel’s parking lot, but it may cost you extra money. If you are staying at the main venue there is a public parking nearby (available on reservation only) for €16 per day. If you need to park near your hotel (and the hotel doesn’t provide a parking area) or the venue (and you are not staying at the venue) for the entire duration of Silvensa please take a look at OPnGO or Q-Park.*
Using a Taxi will cost you approx. 50 euros depending on the company, and traffic.
If you want to travel around the city, there is the city transport in Marseille (RTM). The timetable and fares are available in English. You can buy tickets from the metro and tram ticket machines, from the RTM authorized dealers and the RTM outlets at Marseille St. Charles. It is recommended to buy tickets from ticket machines, as in the bus, tickets are more expensive and only one fare ticket is available (the 1 fare ticket "SOLO dépannage"= 2 euros) whereas the "SOLO" bought in the machine is 1,50 euros. You can use this ticket during one hour on every transport (bus, metro and tramway).
The address of the main venue is: Résidence La Canebière 7 rue Papere, 13001 Marseille. Just in case you need it, here are the GPS coordinates of the main venue: latitude 43.300771/longitude 5.382177 E. It is located approx. 20 min by foot from Marseille St. Charles train station or approx. 12 min if you use the metro M2 line.