Public transport in Marseille

Public transport in Marseille is managed by the Marseille Transport Authority (known as RTM). In 2011, there were 159 million trips, averaging 600,000 trips each weekday. [1]

Metropolitain Transportation Authority 

In 2001 the RTM governance moved from the City of Marseille to the Urban Community Marseille Provence Metropole . It employs 3,385 people. Marseille is one of the few French cities to directly operate its transit network without resorting to public service delegation. RTM is chaired since June 2008 by Karim Zéribi , Community Advisor to the urban community.


See also: Marseille Metro


See also: Marseille tramway

Marseille tram is projected to be linked to the Aubagne tramway around 2020.


The bus network consists of 104 bus lines operating from 4:30 to 21:30. As of June 2011, RTM has a total of 633 buses, a 7.5 year old average.

Maintenance centers

The bus rolling stock of the RTM is stored in multiple locations within the city. They each have their own sheds, pits and tow trucks:

  • The Rose Center Bus (East of the city lines) which is the central shed
  • Bus St. Peter’s Center (east Central lines)
  • Arenc Bus Center (north of the city lines)
  • Capelette Bus Center (south of the city lines)

Bus rapid transit

Three bus rapid transit lines are made to make the metro more efficient and attractive. The lines will connect to the terminus metro stations (Castellane -> Luminy, Captain Gèze – The Cabucelle -> Vallon des Tuves, The Rose -> Château Gombert – Saint Jerome).


A free ferry service operates between the two opposite quays of the Old Port. From 2011 ferry shuttle services operate between the Old Port and Pointe Rouge; from April 13 it will also run to Estaque. The service operates from 7am to 7pm from March to October (until 10pm between May 15 – September 15). [2] There are also ferry services and boat trips from the Old Port to Friuli , the Calanques and Cassis .

Bicycle sharing system

As in many other French cities, Marseille has a bike sharing system named “The bike”, free for trips of less than half an hour. It was introduced by the city council in 2007. [3]


Traffic statistics
Transportation mode 2011 trips 2011 traffic share
Bus 69.5M 43.4%
Metro 74.46M 46.8%
streetcar 15.54M 9.8%
Total 159 M 100%

Marseille Public Transportation Statistics

The average amount of time spent commuting with public transit in Marseille & Provence. 12.7% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time is 14 min, while 19.4% of riders wait for 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance traveled by public is 9 km, while 21% travel for over 12 km in a single direction. [4]


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  3. Jump up^ “Website for Cycling” (in French). . Retrieved 1 February 2010 .
  4. Jump up^ “Marseille & Provence Public Transportation Statistics” . Global Public Transit Index by Moovit . Retrieved June 19, 2017 . Material was copied from this source, which is available under aCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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