How to get to the calanques
1) Go downtown
Unless you drive directly to the calanques, you will need to go downtown Marseille and take the metro.
Marseille Provence airport
There is a shuttle between Marseille Provence airport and downtown Marseille (Saint Charles station). It takes 25 minutes. The shuttles leave every 20 minutes in front of the platform 3 (MP1). You can buy tickets at the desk outside, on the place between the shuttles departure platform, and the big escalator.
Adult price: 8€, under 25: 5,60€.
Marseille Saint Charles Station
To go to the calanques, get to Saint Charles metro station, under the train station.
(The bus station has buses to Aubagne and Aix en Provence)
Go to the Blue Coast
To discover the Blue Coast, you can take a TER (regional train) every hour to Martigues. The train stops in the nations of Niolon, La redonne Ensuès, Carry le Rouet, Sausset les pins and la Couronne Carro. (30 minutes long to go to Carry le Rouet)
Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal - MPCT
If you come to Marseille by cruise, you will first need to leave the port. It is very big, and you can either call a cab, or walk less than 2km to get to Littoral Gourret bus stop, then take the bus 35 to the Joliette metro station.
2) Go to the calanques by bus or metro
Take the metro to « Sainte Marguerite Dromel » and get off either at « Castellane » or « Rond-Point du Prado ».
- To go to Sugiton: Take the bus 21 or 21 jet to the bus stop « Luminy PN des Calanques ».
- To go to Callelongue: Take the bus 19 to the last stop « La Madrague de Montredon » (starting point of the GR98 trail). Then take the bus 20 to Callelongue.
Rond-point du Prado
- To go to Sugiton: Cross the boulevard Michelet and take the bus 21 ou 21Jet to the bus stop « Luminy PN des Calanques ».
- To go to Sormiou: Take the bus 23 to « La Cayole » stop and walk 700 meters along the road until the parking next to the water treatment plant.
- To go to Morgiou: Take the bus 22 to the last stop « Les Baumettes » and walk 400 meters to reach the parc des Baumettes.
- The road to Morgiou and Sormiou is closed in the summer (see Entering the Calanques).
Therefore, most of the visitors walk along the road. By doing so, you cannot get lost. However, some paths are way nicer, shorter, with shade, and with better viewpoints. To take the best trail to go to Sormiou, start from les Baumettes (bus 22), like if you were going to Morgiou, but at the parc des Baumettes, take the red path going up to the Col des Baumettes, and then go down to Sormiou.
To go to Morgiou, you can either go through the vallon des Escampons, starting from the Baumettes, and end up following the road. Or better: you can go from Luminy (Bus 21), and 500 meters before getting to the Col de Sugiton, take the dotted yellow path going down to Morgiou.
- RTM metro map (Metro, Bus, Tramway, Bus and Sea shuttle)
3) Go to Cassis with the shuttle buses
Take the metro to « Sainte Marguerite Dromel » and get off at « Castellane » metro stop. When you are out of the station, cross the avenue du Prado, walk 60 meters on the left and get to the south bus stop (just after the two bus stops). The NAP Tourisme bus shuttles leave from here. They go to Cassis via highway (M6 line). The shuttle will take you to the bus stop in front of the police station in Cassis, in 40 minutes. Then you will need to get to the peninsula, then the calanque de Port Miou, to enter the massif.
Bus fare: 2,70€
4) Go to the calanques by boat
You can get to the calanque with a private boat as part of personalized excursions to sea (booking is necessary)
Take the metro to « Sainte Marguerite Dromel » and get off at « Castellane » station. Take the bus 19 to « Pointe rouge Port » stop (be careful not to stop at « Pointe Rouge », it is the beach)..