Moving to Marseille

Are you considering moving to Marseille?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Marseille depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Marseille made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Marseille. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Marseille or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Marseille

City council

The website of the Marseille City Hall and its app make available online most of its services and will inform you about municipal facilities, schools, the procedure for requests for places in crèches. A section “J’arrive à Marseille” (and a helpful FAQ in English, click on the “EN” tab) will provide you with a helpful newcomer guide that you can download.

The online site Made in Marseille will bring you much local news, from politics to leisure and good plans.

Public transport

The site of the Marseille Transport Authority (RTM) provides all the network’s plans. This site, very complete, also allows you to determine the most appropriate tariff formula for your needs. The RTM offers 2 subway lines (and 28 stations) between 5:00 and 0:30 every day, 92 bus lines and 2537 points. stops, 3 tram lines (and 34 stations) … not to mention the shuttle boat and the famous Ferryboat, an integral part of local folklore.

Find the site and the Facebook page of the collective Vélo en Ville and Velorution Marseille for information on the bike community of the city.

Universities and cultural life

The Aix-Marseille University site gathers all the information on the attached institutions, and its social network accounts are fed regularly with useful information.

The cultural agendas volt-agenda and magmalemag.com have constantly updated sources for your next

Moving to Marseille at a glance

  • Marseille is an ancient city, its history is inextricably linked to that of the Mediterranean. Understanding this gives a completely different perspective to what makes it special: the living atmosphere, a bit chaotic, the mesh of streets, the relationship with the sea, the easy living.
  • In 2013 the city was named European Capital of Culture; it was a turning point for the development of Marseille and its image. Today, the Aix-Marseille metropolis has 92 municipalities, for nearly 2 million inhabitants, as much as Paris intramural, for an area twice as large.
  • The city was founded in the 6th century BC by Greek sailors from Phocaea under the name of Massalia. They were greeted by a mixed population of Celts “who surpassed in wisdom, all the peoples of the universe” according to Cicero himself. It will become successively the strategic port of the Greeks, the Romans of Julius Caesar (49 before J-C), Visigoths and Franks. It was only at the time of the colonial empire that Marseille developed industrially.
  • The Euroméditerranée project is a gigantic 480-hectare urban renewal plan for the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis that has seen the city open up to the sea, rehabilitate the old centre, the industrial wasteland of the port out of which emerged a business district. The second phase has started, final delivery is scheduled for 2030.
  • Wellington’s statue on the Royal Exchange Square wears a traffic cone in lieu of his more traditional hat. Don’t ask…

Getting out of the train on the forecourt of the Saint-Charles station offers a fascinating view of the Calanques, the local name given to the creeks around Marseille. Nicknamed “La Bonne Mère”, Notre-Dame-de-La-Garde basilica watches over the basin from the top of its hill.

10 Minutes away, the Vieux-Port (Old Port) is obviously the place to visit and revisit because it is at the crossroads of streets from all around the city.

Above the Vieux-Port, the Panier district is by far one of the most charming places in Marseille. Today a destination for artists, students, and lovers of small stalls and good gastronomic addresses. The gentrification is in full swing, but it brings with it a welcomed rehabilitation. while you’re there, stroll through the vaulted alleys of La Vieille Charité, a must.

You will quickly reach the Cathedrale de la Major and the Mucem, Museum of Civilizations and the Mediterranean, whose programming and architecture alone are a summary of the modernity and of the rusticity of the city.

Moving forward a little, the Terrasses du Port opened their doors in 2014; this mega-mall brings together all the most prominent stores, and more. Just opposite the Docks de Marseille have more upscale shops.

Another quality shopping centre is the Prado, which opened in 2018 and is home to Galeries Lafayette under its large canopy that lets in natural light. If you favour open-air shopping expeditions, in the city centre, the pedestrian street rue Saint Ferréol, parallel to the rue de Rome, hosts the most popular high street names.

The Cours Julien or “Cours Ju” for regulars, located in the district of La Plaine is an institution of Marseille’s festive life, surrounded by independent record shops, tattoo artists and bookshops. Cantinetta, an Italian bistro, offers quality specialties and a beautiful patio. For original concerts, head to Espace Julien, a music hall for contemporary artists. At the Baby Club, there are techno and electro DJs of international renown. Closer to the Vieux-Port, and of course more expensive, the Jardins Suspendus, offer Sunday evening a house music program in a place with a breathtaking view of the bay.

On the other side of Marseille, a more alternative cultural offer: the Friche La Belle de Mai, offers with its 400 artists in residences and its 10 000 m2 a very rich program of exhibitions, concerts, and events. In the same corner, there is the Couvent et le jardin Levat, an artist’s residence, and an incredible collective green space made up of shared gardens, a refreshment bar, and events, the theatre of the “Embobineuse“, the Cabaret Aléatoire, and the Chapiteau, an all-new outdoor cultural space that hosts a series of DJs and musical events enjoying its 2700 m2 ,and to the Joliette, The Silo, alternative concert hall.

Many festivals ignite the skies of Marseille during the summer: Marsatac hip-hop festival in June, the Delta Festival, with big headliners such as Bob Sinclar or Synapson, Africa Fête, the Bon Air Festival, with a really sharp electro program, the Marseille Festival in several places in the city or Boulégan which hosts top artists.

Useful information for
Moving to Marseille

The city of Marseille extends widely and has a multitude of moods, lifestyles, communities, villages in the city. It is possible to find something for all tastes and real estate prices are far below a city like Paris or Lyon and even Bordeaux.

If your preference is towards the proximity of beaches, the 7th, 8th, and 9th arrondissements, located on the south side of the Vieux-Port and towards the Calanques, is highly recommended, but comes at a price: Expect the highest rents.

If budget is your priority, the 2nd and 3rd arrondissements of Marseille – currently being rehabilitated, although still difficult in places – offers easy access to trams 2 and 3 and Terrasses du Port, to Euromed, the district where rents remain accessible but the atmosphere a little dead.

The historic avenue of the city is the Canebière, a the very urban border between north and south. Rents there are relatively low, just like at Cours Belsunce, where many urban renovations have been undertaken. More inland, the 7th arrondissement, la Plaine then the boulevard Chave and the surroundings of the Parc Longchamp offer one of the most beautiful green spaces in a city which lacks in this domain. A non-negligible asset for families, the area up to the Belle de Mai is a good compromise with accessible rents and good public facilities. Be careful, however, of the state of buildings in very cheap neighbourhoods.

Do not neglect either the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th arrondissements that offer beautiful real estate opportunities, although more eccentric provided you are vigilant about the quality of schools. Schools do not have the best reputation and some newcomers are increasingly choosing the private sector. Great disparities exist in the quality of schools between neighbourhoods. Many people working in Marseille have chosen the neighbouring towns like Cassis (chic), La Ciotat in the east, Bandol or Martigues but a car will be recommended because the traffic can be complicated if you want to join the centre, the train network remains inconstant.

When it comes to transport, Marseille is served by two metro lines (quite short given the extent of ​​the city), which meet at Saint-Charles station. The bus network is quite extensive as a result and unless you live in the city centre you are likely to use it often. Three tram lines have recently been added, but unfortunately, they follow the metro route a bit too closely. One of Marseille’s distinctive features, the boat! The shuttle departs from the Vieux-Port and the ferry boat from the Place aux huiles.

Driving in Marseille is … an experience. Motorists have their own codes and it’s rather chaotic. Marseille is not yet the ideal city for cycling: if bike paths have been built recently, they are generally quite ignored by cars and local residents alike, and access to the road are complicated, hampered by sidewalks in places. The track near Longchamp is one of the most enjoyable. Efforts are made, however, on the Euromed side and on the corniche Kennedy but no track serves the northern neighbourhoods and cyclists are forced to use roads where cars go fast. Self-service bicycles are available with or without a subscription.

Do not discard walking: crossing the centre is just a stroll, the streets have an incomparable charm and the weather is often good. Ideal conditions to discover the city! Welcome to Marseille.