Marseille airport, officially known as Marseille Provence Airport is situated some 27 km northwest of the city center.

Serving large parts of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, the airport has been under the management of the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1934 and has grown from a small regional airport to an international hub.

Marseille is France’s fifth busiest airport and the city itself is the second largest in the country after Paris. The suburbs of the city extend well beyond it's limits and offer home to another 1.6 million inhabitants, making Marseille Airport an important link with the rest of France and Europe. The ancient port of Marseille at the Mediterranean coast is France’s largest and the city’s importance to the region is reflected by its status as capital serving both the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, as well as the Bouches-du-Rhône department.

In 2018 Marseille Airport handled just over 9.3 million passengers and has seen cumulative passenger increases since 2006, when it opened a brand new terminal (MP2) for budget airline traffic. Since that time passengers have been able to enjoy regular as well as seasonal flights to destinations such as Dublin via Aer Lingus, Algiers, Annaba, Constantine and Chlef via Air Algérie, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Casablanca, Marrakech, Moscow and Tunis via Air France.

Carrier Air France is updating flight routes this year and new destinations such as Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion will start from September this year. Passengers also have travel options to Prague, Rome-Fiumicino and Venice-Marco Polo airports.

The ancient city of Marseille has many tourist attractions to offer; perhaps the most impressive, the cathedral of Notre Dame de La Garde, which overlooks the Old Port from the highest point of the city, is a Romano-Byzantine style monument that cannot fail to impress.

However, most tourists coming to the destination are eager to see the minuscule island of If, the setting for Alexandre Dumas’ famous book The Count of Monte Cristo. The 16th century Château d'If was the inspiration for his book. During the French Revolution the castle was turned into a prison and a hero of those troubled times, Mirabeau, was forced to spend some time there.

Passengers arriving at Marseille have a wide range of onward travel/transfer options available to them. There is a number of car rental providers stationed at Marseille Airport, among them Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. Car hire is essential for exploration of one of France’s most popular tourist regions, the Provence.

Within just a short 32 km (20 miles) drive of Marseille there are treasures like Cassis, which is beautifully situated at the coast; a traditional and very picturesque fishing village, Cassis is sitting on gleaming white cliffs, overlooking many of the elongated, narrow inlets dotted along the Mediterranean coast of the southeast. Tourists can indulge in water sports and windsurfing, sun bathing and lazy days by the seaside or take a boat trip to the Calanques, the mini-islands. The Provence is famous for its wonderful wines and splendid cuisine and the small village of Cassis encapsulates everything that makes the region to popular and special.

Passengers will find several banking facilities at the terminals – there are ATM's in halls 1, 3 and 4, covering international arrivals, domestic arrivals and domestic departures. There is also a branch of the Credit Mutual Bank that is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 am to 5.15 pm throughout the year. A currency exchange counter is open at the branch of Change Marseille Provence Exchange Bureau.

The business center at Marseille Airport’s hall 4 provides passengers with air conditioned work areas, comfortable lounges, meeting rooms and full business services such as equipment hire of fax, internet access, photocopying, sound systems, overhead projectors and TV sets.

Throughout the terminal, in halls 1, 3 and 4, there are various cafes and restaurants, snack bars and eateries catering for every taste and budget.

Shopping facilities haven’t been forgotten either and passengers will find outlets selling accessories, watches and jewelry upstairs in hall 1 and in hall 4 before security controls, where they will also discover shops selling produce of the Provence as well as cosmetics and perfumes (hall 4 only), a multi-store in halls 1 and 3, as well as a newsagent, selling newspapers, magazines, books and tobacco, too.