Need to know
Aer Lingus (0818 365 044; aerlingus.com) and Ryanair (0818 303 030; ryanair.com) fly from Dublin to Marseille in summer.
The airport shuttle bus (every 20 minutes) travels the 25km to La Gare St Charles in less than half an hour (€8.50 one way).
Taxis cost from €40-€50.
Air France (0818 776 057; airfrance.ie) flies from Dublin via Paris year-round.
The New Hotel (new-hotel.com) in the heart of the city costs €95-€125 for either a standard single or double room, with a generous breakfast included.
The staff love to chat -- in English! (The same goes for the Marseille Tourism office; marseille-tourisme.com.)
when to go
The weather is quite pleasant year round. Avoiding peak times means you can also escape the crowds that descend on the city.
If you're looking for a little commotion, though, visit in July, when France is celebrating Bastille Day (July 14).