Marseille Airport car rental – visit Provence in a rented car
Marseille Provence Airport - MRS is the second busiest airport of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azure region in southern France.
The airport is located in approx. 16 miles distance northwest of Marseille (or Marseilles) in Marignane and is frequently referred to as Marseille-Marignane Airport.
A new, modern terminal for low-cost aviation and a wide selection of airlines and destinations, make Marseille Airport particularly interesting for tourists on holiday in the South of France. With a Marseille Airport hire car some of the best ski resorts of the Alps, as well as the iconic sea side resorts of Côte d’Azure, such as Cannes or St. Tropez, are at an easy reach.
Cheapest car rental in Marseille Airport - the Ford Ka+ or similar
Marseille Airport car rental - choice of rental company
At Marseille Airport, car hire is available from a large number of rent a car companies. The majority of rental cars will be available in front of Terminal 1 (by the terminal).
Parking map of Marseille Airport
The suplyers of rent-a-car services in Marseille Airport include:
- Dollar car rental
- Goldcar (beware - they have bad reputation) and Goldcar-owned Rhodium
The choice of Marseile Airport car rental is very good, but does tend to be of the French makes Citroen, Peugeot and Renault together with German produced Opel and Ford cars. Customers may also come across Fiat 500, Toyota Aygo and Fiat Punto in the cheaper car rental classes in Marseille.
When renting a luxury vehicle, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Infinity and Audi are the fauvorite fleet cars amongst French supplyers of 'Location da Voiture'.
All cars are fully insured, but do carry an excess ranging from approx. €500 to €2500. Goldcar/Rhodium is known to have very high insurance excess on even the cheapest rental cars in France.
Please note that it has become normal to limit the amount of free kilometres/free miles included in the rental in Southern France. With some suppliers like Alamo, Budget, Thrifty or Enterprise, Avis or Europcar car rental in Marseille Airport, you may still be able to find vehicles with unlimited mileage included (100% free mileage include inside France). Other companies like Goldcar, Rhodium, Interrent and Firefly will offer say 100 km free of charge per day of rental. Please check terms & consitions before booking if you plan to drive far in order to avoid extra charges.
Young drivers, frequently defined as under 25 years old, will be charged extra. With Goldcar Marseille Airport, a steep fee of €13 per day for young drivers is, sometimes, charged. Look out for better deals!
New car models available - here the Ford Focus
Terminals at Marseille Airport - MRS
There are two terminals at Marseille Provence Airport. The main Terminal 1, comprising halls A and B and serves the regular airlines on international and domestic routes. All Air France flights at Marseille Airport arrive at and depart from Terminal 1 - hall B.
The second, more recent terminal of Marseille Airport, known as Terminal 2 is destined exclusively for budget airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling.
Need room for 6 or 7 people? - the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is amongst the cheapest rental car offers
Marseille Airport – low-cost flights from the UK
Cheap flights from the UK to Marseille Airport (Terminal 2) are available with two low-cost carriers, Easyjet and Ryanair.
Ryanair operates flights to Marseilles from London-Stansted and Edinburgh Airport - EDI. Easyjet budget flights depart from London-Gatwick, Luton, Glasgow and Bristol.
Alternatively, slightly more expensive flights to Marseille-Marignane are available from British Airways, with departures from London-Heathrow - LHR.
Marseille Airport is a regional hub for Air France. The French flag carrier offers a selection of destinations worldwide a number of domestic flights to Marseille Airport, from cities as Paris CDG, Paris-Orly and (under the HOP! brand) from Bordeaux, Biarritz, Brest, Lille, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Nantes.
Car hire Marseille Airport – compare prices
Car hire is a popular solution for travelling in southern France. The roads are very good and the landscapes along the way stunning, varying between the endless blue of the Mediterranean coast and the green and white of the Alps.
The prices of car hire in Provence, however can be quite steep, especially along the glamorous Côte d’Azure. It is always best to shop around and compare rates for car hire from different providers before booking your southern France hire car.
In particular when renting a minibus in Marseille Airport, booking well in advance is recommended
With Cartrawler, an internet search engine of car hire offers, in a single search you can access the current car rental offer at the destination of your choice, including Marseilles Airport. In many cases, rental cars booked online are cheaper, than the ones offered directly at the desk of car hire agencies.
Marseille Airport car rental stations are located on the ground floor of the car park area.
Driving in Marseilles – main tourist attractions
Marseille is a city filled to the brim with tourist attractions, ranging from historic monuments, through cultural and sports events, such as the famous Marseille opera, or Marseille sailing races, to the some of the best French gastronomy.
Lots of interesting scenery in the old part city of Marseille
Although the road access to and from Marseille Airport is very good - it only takes around 30 minutes drive to get from Marignane to Marseille - traffic within the strict city centre gets much slower. Marseille is struggling with a heavy congestion problem and frequently the visitors to the city opt for switching to public transportation, for Marseille sightseeing.
See more on the official Marseille Tourism page.
Provence in a rental car – driving distances from Marseille
Take advantage of the well developed road network in Provence to visit the most iconic sites of southern France.
See map of motorways in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azure region.
Find below the approximate road distances between Marseille Marignane Airport and some of the interesting cities in Provence:
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Aix-en-Provence: 16 miles/26 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Salon-de-Provence: 23 miles/37 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Toulon: 53 miles/86 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Avignon: 56 miles/90 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Cannes: 105 miles/170 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Nimes: 66 miles/107 km
- Distance from Marseille Provence Airport to Nice: 121 miles/195 km