Conference venue

Aix Marseille Université – Amphithéâtre GASTAUT
Jardin du Pharo
58 Boulevard Charles Livon
13007 Marseille

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Transport and Traffic in Marseille during the UEFA Euro 2016

Hotels (and UEFA cup!)

The conference venue is located in a very central zone of the city, close to mayor attractions as Vieux Port, MuCEM or Notre Dame de la Garde, as well as to the Central Station. It is also very well connected to other zones of the city.Despite the large number of hotels in Marseille in all prize categories, we expect a highly reduced hotel availability because of the simultaneous UEFA Euro 2016 football cup, running in France, with football matches at the famous Stade Velodrome (e.g. Ukraine vs Poland, 21 June, 6pm). We therefore invite you to organize your accommodation with large advance.

Should you need accommodation, a special price conference rate is available to conference attendees.
Reservations must be made online following this link:

The hotels will accept reservations at the special conference rate on availability basis.

Reaching us – By plane

The international airport of Marseille-Marignane is about 25 minutes away from the centre of Marseille. Over 100 cities in 30 countries are directly linked to this airport; a frequent link with Paris (« Navette ») runs every 15 to 30 minutes at the busiest times of day.

Marseille Provence Airport:

For low cost travel: MP2 – Marseille Provence Airport

AIR FRANCE – KLM Global Meetings

  • Event ID: 27623AF
  • Valid for travel from 16/06/2016 to 30/06/2016

Attractive discounts on a wide range of airfares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide**.

Visit to

  • access the preferential fares granted for this event*,
  • make your booking,
  • issue your electronic ticket*,
  • select your seat**,
  • and print your boarding card**.

If you buy your ticket via AIR FRANCE & KLM Global Meetings website, your electronic ticket will carry a special mention which justifies the application of the preferential fares.

Should you prefer to process your reservations and ticket-purchase directly with an Air France and KLM sales outlet, you must keep the following document which serves to justify the application of the preferential airfares: Document to be downloaded

Keep the document to justify the special fares with you as you may be asked for it at any point of your journey.

* not available in certain countries
** subject to conditions

Bus shuttles from the Airport to– Marseille Saint Charles train station:

Duration of the bus trip: approximately 25 minutes, depending on the traffic (departures every 20 minutes).

Bus tickets cost about 8.20 Euros (single ride) or 13.10 Euros (round trip).

Airport taxis:

To book your taxi by phone, call +33 (0)4 42 88 11 44.

Approximate price: around 50 € by day and around 65 € at night.

By train

Marseille has a high-speed train connection to Paris: from Paris Gare de Lyon to Marseille Gare Saint-Charles (approx. 3h); from Paris Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport to Marseille Gare Saint-Charles (3h30). There are also direct high-speed train connections from and to Barcelona Sants (4h40), Bruxelles Midi (5h40) and Frankfurt am Main Hbf (7h40).

Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station (SNCF):

To get to Le Pharo, take the ”Métro » line 1: From the “Saint Charles” subway station to the “Vieux Port” subway station. Walk to the bus stop at “Marseille Metro Vieux Port” (6 minutes) and take the number 81,82 or 83 bus to the stop at “le Pharo”).

Reaching us – By car

  • From Fos, Martigues, Arles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Barcelone: take the « Littoral » highway number A55
  • From Aix en Provence, Lyon, Paris, Bruxelles: take the « Marseille Nord » highway number A7
  • From Cassis, Toulon, Nice, Milan, Turin, or Genoa: take the » Marseille Est » highway number A50 and upon reaching Marseille, take the « Prado-Carénage » tunnel and the exit at Le Pharo

Public car park

There is a fee-paying car park near Le Pharo.

By boat

Marseille Port Autonome runs frequent shuttles to Corsica, Italy, Sardinia, Tunisia and Algeria.

Port Autonome
61 bd des Dames
13002 Marseille, France
Tel: (+33) 3260 – Fax : +33 (0)4 91 56 25 86

(At the Bus stop at “Hangar J1” in the street called “Quai de la Joliette”, take the 82 bus to “le Pharo”)

By bus / subway / tramway / taxi

Subway (lines 1 and 2):

First departure time: 5:00 a.m. from all terminuses.
Last departure time: ~0:30 a.m.

If you take the subway line no. 1, which runs from “ La Rose ” to “La Fourragère”, descend at the “Vieux Port” stop.

Free maps and guides are available at the information desks and in the main subway stations: La Rose, St Just, Réformés, Saint Charles, Vieux Port, Estrangin, Castellane, La Timone, Bougainville, Joliette, Noailles, Rond Point du Prado and Ste Marguerite.

Marseille Public Transport System (RTM)

There are two métro lines and two tramway lines in Marseille, as well as an extensive bus service covering the whole city.

Tel: +33 (0)4 91 91 92 10

Bus station at « Rond Point du Prado »

Lines 81, 82 and 83

Tramway (2 lines)

First departure time: 5:00 a.m. from all terminuses.
Last departure time: ~0:30 a.m.

For your information, the public transport system delivers pass tickets which can be used on the   bus, subway and tramway. A one-day pass costs 5.20 euros (it is valid from its first use up to the end of the daily service) and a three-day pass costs 10,80 euros (it is valid for three consecutive days). The approximate prices quoted here are liable to and be changed without prior notice.

Taxis Marseillais

Tél. : +33 (0)4 91 02 20 20

Tourist information

Marseille Tourist Office
4, La Canebière
13001 Marseille, France
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 13 89 00

(near the “Vieux-Port” Station on Subway Line number 1))

Discover Marseille

  • On foot: guided visits (with Culture Ministry-approved Guides).
    Duration around 3h (contact: the Tourist Office).
  • By bus with a HISTOBUS: guided visits of Marseille’s main sites and buildings. Duration: around 3h (contact: the Tourist Office).
  • On the tourist train: two tours « Notre-Dame de la Garde » and  » Historical Marseille » (contact: the Tourist Office).
  • By boat: cruises round theCalanques. Departure from Le Vieux Port (the Old Harbour).
    • The Islands of Chateau d’If and Frioul can be reached by regular shuttle boats. Departure from Le Vieux Port (the Old Harbour).
    • HISTOBOAT: guided visits of Marseille’s Harbour by boat.

(For further information, contact Marseille’s Tourist Office)

Visit Marseille with the CITYPASS

The CITYPASS gives free entry to 14 of the city’s museums, the Old Harbour cruise and the crossing to the Island of Chateau d’If , a trip on the tourist train and free use of public transport (subway, bus and tramway), all with the same ticket. Here are the prices:

  • A one-day pass costs 24 €
  • A two-day pass costs 31 €

Selected Museums

Visits and walks

Guided tours of the city (see the timetable published by Marseille’s Tourist Office)
Guided visit of the island of Chateau d’If island
Tourist train to Notre Dame de la Garde or round the historical part of the city
Boat cruise to the Islands of Chateau d’If or Frioul

All timetables can be consulted at Marseille’s Tourist Office

Passports and visas:

All visitors to France should be in possession of a valid passport and/or identification card. A visa is required in the case of visitors from some countries. Please contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate to your home for further information. The conference organizers will send out an official letter of invitation upon request to help overcome any administrative difficulties encountered in some countries. This invitation will not imply the existence of any obligation upon the Organization to provide financial assistance of any kind. Requests should be made by fax or e-mail and include the participant’s complete mailing address, fax number, e-mail address and/or proof of professional or student status. Given the current terrorism alert level, expect border-crossing document checking even for EU nationals.


For international calls to France, dial the international code followed by 33 and the correspondent’s number without the 0. To make international calls from France, dial « + » or « 00 » followed by your correspondent’s national code and number.


The electricity voltage used in France is 220 Volts; the frequency is 50 Hz and the plugs have two male contact points. Remember to bring an adaptor for your electrical appliances and electronic equipment if they use a different voltage.

Climate and clothing:

The weather in Marseille in June is usually quite warm and sunny, but temperatures can fall when the Mistral wind is blowing. The average number of sunny days per year is 300. The daytime temperature ranges from 17°C to 25°C. Night temperatures are usually between 10°C and 15°C.

Safety and useful telephone numbers:

Do not leave anything lying in your car that can be seen from the outside. Please look after your belongings as thefts are frequent here, as in all other large cities.

Emergency Police: +33(0)17
Rescue Services (Firemen): +33(0)18 or +33(0)112
Emergency Rescue Services: +33(0)15 or +33(0)112
Anti-Poisoning Centre: +33 (0)4 91 75 25 25
Lost and Found: +33 (0)4 91 14 68 97
Social Rescue Services: +33 (0)4 95 04 58 53
Emergency Medical Services: +33 (0)36 24
Emergency Heart Attack: +33 (0)4 91 49 91 91
Emergency Pharmacy: +33(0)3237
Diving Accidents: +33 (0)4 91 74 49 96
Dental Emergencies: +33 (0)892 566 766
Traffic Information: +33 (0)800 100 200