Marseille is the second-largest city of France and is located in the southeast of the country, on the Mediterranean coast. The climate is Mediterranean mild and the annual average temperature is about 15 C, with temperatures close to 10 C even in winter. Rain falls in average on about 55 days per year. Marseille is famous for its old harbor, its colorful African style squares, and the "fjords", where vertical limestone cliffs fall sharply in the turquoise sea. The city also has a large cathedral, as well as an own castle and its associated park area. The region's beaches are popular during the summer months, as well as boat rentals, diving, and hiking trips to the "fjords"."
Monthly Weather Conditions
In Marseille, tourism peaks during the summer so expect higher lodging rates if you go around that time. If you're on a budget, try avoiding the Tour de france week (July 21st to August 1st) and the Ascension week (May 9th - 14th) since accommodation rates peak the most during these times.
More information: Marseille forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Marseille is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $71.32, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $226.92, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $68.37
- Hotel (3 stars): $83.33
- Hotel (4 stars): $146.60
- Hotel (5 stars): $265.39
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $22.19
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $33.28
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $6.66
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.88
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $14.98
Marseille has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 43.7 (weaker than United states average 48.8)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 53.9 (weaker than United states average 68.9)
- Walking alone at night: 32.7 (weaker than United states average 41.2)
More information: Marseille safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.