The conference hotel is located in Marseille city centre and faces the old harbour, Vieux Port. Nestled between the sea and the hills, Marseille is an enthusiastic city that combines the richness of its unique heritage with a vibrant cultural life. Marseille was founded 2,600 years ago, and is France's oldest and second-largest city. Marseille is 1st port in France; 3rd economic region in France; European Capital of Culture 2013.
Greek sailors coming from Phocaea in Asia Minor chose to set up an outpost at the current location of the Jardin des Vestiges, just behind the conference center. This park is a major archeological site testifying to their presence (and different sea levels, as it communicated with the current Vieux Port) and can be visited. The legend goes that the day the Phoceans arrived, the leader of the Greeks, Protis, paid a courtesy visit to the Ligure tribe, which had settled there. It just so happened that on that very day, Gyptis, daughter of the local King Naan, was to be married. Gyptis chose Protis as her husband above a number of other suitors - he had also fallen head over heels for her - and thus, Massalia was founded. The oldest city in France thus arose at a time when Nebuchadnezzar II ruled over Babylon and the future Buddha was born in what is now Nepal.
Once in the Marseille-Provence Airport, you can reach the city center by:
Taking a taxi from Marseille-Provence airport is pretty quick and straightforward. Marseille-Provence airport has a main taxi stand outside of the arrivals hall. The taxi ride from Marseille-Provence airport to the conference venue is about 70€, 50€ with UBER.
Another option more affordableis to take the navette from the airport to Saint Charles train station. Once at the station, you can take the subway until “Vieux Port” stop (only 2 stops), and you walk 10 minutes until our hotel.
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You can book your taxi by phone : +33 (0)4 42 88 11 44
Or on taxis of the Marseille-Provence airport website.
There is an express bus connection from the Marseille-Provence airport to the city center "Saint-Charles station". The shuttle makes a direct trip between the airport and the centre of Marseille - every 20 minutes, which takes about 25 minutes, every day. The conference hotel is a 30 min walk from here or a 13 min taxi ride from this station.
Rate for a single ticket: 8.50€.
Phone: +33 (0)4 42 14 31 27 or +33 (0)4 91 50 59 34.
Access by car
3 motorways link Marseille to Spain, Italy and Northern Europe:
- From Fos, Martigues, Arles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Barcelona: Use motorway A55
- From Cassis, Toulon, Nice, Milan, Turin, Genova: Use motorway A50
- From Aix en Provence, Lyon, Paris, Brussels: Use motorway A7
No hotel parking please check parking at Indigo La Criée located next to the hotel. 27 Euros for 24 hours.
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Marseille Public Transportation System (RTM)
There are two metro lines and two tramway lines serving Marseille, as well as an extensive bus service covering the whole city.
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 91 92 10
Metro stop “Vieux Port” is the closest to the Conference venue.
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Marseille Saint-Charles train station (SNCF) offers trains to numerous destinations including frequent TGVs (high-speed trains) going to Paris in less than 3 hours.
Marseille has also a direct fast train connection (TGV) between Paris "Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport" station.
All foreign nationals entering and staying in the French territory must be in possession of a valid entry and stay visa, unless you are exempt from this requirement. If in doubt, information can be obtained from the French Foreign Ministry.