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Why Fly to Marseille?
Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second most populous after Paris. Its lengthy and rich history can be explored at a number of fascinating sights and museums. Beyond the cultural highlights, the city offers a lively café and bar scene, excellent seafood restaurants and good shopping, from high-street stores to upmarket boutiques. Marseille is a dynamic, rough diamond of a city with a range of entertainment options and venues showcasing all manner of music, from jazz, soul and reggae to hip hop and dance music. You can find cheap flights to Marseille using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Flying to Marseille from the UK
Flights to Marseille depart from many UK airports and the city is well served by carriers including low-cost airlines, so cheap flights to Marseille are pretty easy to secure. Direct flights are available from London Gatwick, Stansted and Edinburgh. From London Gatwick a non-stop flight takes just under two hours. There are one-stop flights from airports across the UK including Manchester, London Heathrow, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Popular Flight Routes to Marseille
Which Airlines Fly to Marseille?
A good choice of airlines fly to Marseille from the UK including Ryanair, which operates non-stop flights out of Edinburgh and Stansted, plus easyJet and British Airways who offer direct flights from London Gatwick.
From Manchester, several airlines offer one-stop flights. Lufthansa fly to Marseille from Manchester via [Munich], British Airways stop in London Gatwick and KLM go via [Amsterdam]. From London Heathrow there are also a few one-stop choices including Lufthansa via [Frankfurt], Alitalia via [Rome] and Air France via [Paris].
British Airways, KLM and Air France offer one-stop service to Marseille from other UK airports including Newcastle and Glasgow.
Mini Travel Guide to Marseille
There are enough museums in Marseille to keep visitors busy. To learn about the city’s history, a good first port of call is the Musée d'Histoire de Marseille. On display are archaeological finds and artefacts including Ancient Greek and Roman remains.
With its many bars and cafes, the Vieux Port is Marseille’s real heart. Nearby is the oldest part of the city, Le Panier, much of which was destroyed in the Second World War. The Musée des Docks in Le Panier on the site of ancient Roman warehouses showcases finds from the site.
The Château d'If is another popular visitor attraction, which lies just off the shore on a small island. This 16th-century fortress became a much-feared prison and was made famous as a setting in Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Today it can be visited by boat from Marseille.
Marseille’s other draws include nearby beaches and excellent restaurants. Bouillabaisse (Provençal fish stew) is the city’s signature dish. It is made with fresh seafood plucked straight from the Mediterranean and is seasoned with garlic and saffron.