Car Rental in Marseille

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Intermediate Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Trafic Cargo or similar
Renault Trafic Cargo
  • 3
  • 15
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$42.30 per day
Valentine
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$43.12 per day
Marseille-Saint-Charles Train Station
Compact
Citroen C3 Aircross or similar
Citroen C3 Aircross
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$45.19 per day
Marseille Airport
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentScape
$45.91 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Marseille Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$81.93 per day
Marseille Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$96.57 per day
Marseille Airport
Intermediate Elite SUV
Mini Cooper Countryman or similar
Mini Cooper Countryman
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flizzr
$120.51 per day
Marseille Airport
Premium SUV
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$121.29 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:14 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+33
Average car rental price
$75 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.5 / 10
Average gas price
$2.02 per liter or $7.64 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.85 per liter or $7.02 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.18 per liter or $8.26 per gallon

Why rent a car in Marseille?

Marseille is a great destination to rent a car. The city is large, interesting, and diverse, and many other fun destinations in Provence are within driving distance. Having your own ride gives you the freedom to explore them all.

Marseille

One-Way Car Rentals in Marseille

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Marseille and drop off in another city include:

  • From Marseille to Milan - 12 offers from $398.81 per day
  • From Marseille to Nice - 143 offers from $32.70 per day
  • From Marseille to Bordeaux - 90 offers from $34.41 per day
  • From Marseille to Lyon - 22 offers from $78.79 per day
  • From Marseille to Toulouse - 94 offers from $34.41 per day

Top ways to enter Marseille

  • Marseille Airport: This international airport serves flights to and from many destinations in Europe, as well as North Africa, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the French overseas territories. 
  • Toulon Airport: About an hour’s drive east of Marseille, Toulon Airport is mainly active during summers and hosts flights to and from Paris, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom, Algeria, and other destinations. 
  • Nice Airport: The third busiest in France, Nice Airport is about two hours drive east of Marseille.
  • By public transportation: If you’re arriving in Marseille by ferry or train, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at the Marseille Port or at the Marseille-Saint-Charles Railway Station.

City facts

  • With a metropolitan population of almost 1.9 million people, Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the second largest city in France.
  • The main language of the city is French, but there are many other diasporas in Marseille that also speak their own languages, such as Arabic, Turkish, Italian, Portuguese, and others. The knowledge of English varies, but many people working in the service industry have at least some knowledge of it.

Top sights and activities

  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. The great church overlooks the rest of the city. Legend says that old fishermen used to drag their boats there to have them blessed in the church.
  • Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Located in an old castle where footbridges connect two parts of it, this museum explains the fascinating and diverse history of the city and the wider French Mediterranean region.
  • Old Harbor (Vieux Port). Still full of fishermen selling a fresh catch, the old Marseille port is one of the most busy parts of town and a great place to feel the local atmosphere and meet the locals. The nearby Pharo Palace, as well as the Canebière Avenue that begins at the port are also interesting to explore.
  • Abbey of St. Victor. While Notre Dame is one of the most visually impressive houses of prayer in Marseille, the Abbey of St. Victor is arguably the most historic one. Founded as a monastery in the 5th century by a monk who came from Egypt, the abbey is one of the oldest Christian sites in present-day France. During medieval times, the abbey suffered from attacks by Vikings and Arabs but continued to fulfill its primary function until the 19th century. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist site.
  • Bouillabaisse. As Marseille is a port city, it has some fantastic seafood options. One of the most famous dishes to come from Marseille is bouillabaisse, a fish stew. Good bouillabaisse has at least 5 types of local fish.
  • Use this handy guide to find more of the best things to do in Marseille.

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas, the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Unlike inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
  • Outside cities, as of July 2018, the speed limit depends on the type of road. Highways are limited to 130 km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110 km/h, and 2-or-3-lane roads to 80 to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2018, hands-free mobile phone use is banned in France and the fines are hefty.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with letter A and you can recognize them by a red number sign. The fare for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, the distance length, as well as the type of your vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by a credit card or by cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.

Some rental cars are equipped with toll road transporters and can use the automatic toll road payment booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with toll road transporters.

See the official French toll road website for more information. Use the website's toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route. 

Ideas for day trips

  • The Calanques fjords. Located right outside Marseille, you can spend the whole day exploring these small, but unique fjords or simply finding a nice place for relaxation.
  • Verdon Natural Regional Park. Home to Verdon Gorge river canyon and the turquoise blue Lake of Sainte Croix, Verdon Natural Park can be reached via a two-hour drive or a taking 30 more minutes taking the more scenic route. Another green area to visit near Marseille is Alpilles Natural Regional Park.
  • Allauch and Plan de Cuques. These two countryside villages located in the hills near Marseille are a great place for leisurely relaxation and offer beautiful views of the nearby city and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Arles. A small and fairly sleepy place ignored by most foreign visitors, Arles can be an absolutely fascinating destination if you scratch beneath the surface. Attractions include the remains of an amphitheater, baths, and other Roman sites; a number of interesting local museums; and Espace Van Gogh (the famous Dutch painter spent a very prolific year in Arles in the 1880s, creating 300 paintings and drawings). Arles also offers easy access to its neighboring vineyards, wetlands of Rhone delta, and Mediterranean beaches. The drive from Marseille takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental cars in France are the Renault Twingo, the Volkswagen Polo, and the Ford Fiesta. The most popular rental car types are economy, followed by compact and mini.

 

Further destinations

  • Nice. A bit less industrial and more glamorous than Marseille, Nice is at the heart of the French Riviera, one of the most famous beach holiday destinations in Europe. While many of the region’s nicest beaches are actually outside the city borders, Nice itself is very much worth your time, not least for its splendid promenade and many heritage sites, some of which date back to Ancient Roman times. The drive from Marseille takes just under 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Paris. The City of Light is at times seen as something of a rival of Marseille, but travelers with time on their hands could do worse than take the eight-hour drive through much of the country to visit the famous capital. From world-class museums to heritage architecture and some of the best places to eat on the continent, the attractions of Paris are simply too many to even attempt to list. 
  • Lyon. Another sometime rival of Marseille, challenging the port city to be considered the second-largest city of France, Lyon is known for its classy architecture, countless cultural institutions, and highly specialized (and highly delicious) local cuisine. Of equal importance is its continental location in the eastern part of the country, offering access to the magnificent French Alps. The drive from Marseille to Lyon takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Car rental prices in Marseille

  • Convertibles - from $65 per day
  • Station wagons - from $106 per day
  • Large cars - from $42 per day
  • Medium cars - from $45 per day
  • Vans - from $106 per day
  • Premium cars - from $62 per day
  • Small cars - from $43 per day
  • SUVs - from $72 per day

Money-saving tips

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Marseille:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Marseille is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 52% cheaper than the yearly average and whole 65% cheaper than renting a car in July.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Marseille?

Car rental prices in Marseille vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Marseille
$27.50
January
$44.44
February
$41.99
March
$43.22
April
$53.70
May
$58.19
June
$69.79
July
$64.21
August
$64.44
September
$56.21
October
$29.96
November
$37.84
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Marseille is January (when prices average $27.50 per day). This is 44% cheaper than the yearly average and 61% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $69.79).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Marseille?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Marseille
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
8
July
7
August
7
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Marseille?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Marseille is June, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Marseille by pick-up date relative to the average
64%
January
43%
February
59%
March
102%
April
111%
May
166%
June
149%
July
158%
August
131%
September
94%
October
59%
November
63%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 7
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Goldcar, Keddy, RentScape, Alamo, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $42 per day
Cheapest supplier Enterprise

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Fiat Tipo 5 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
RentScape Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Europcar Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Ireland
Toyota Yaris
May 25, 2024
Spent time in Cevennes. Amazing scenery and lovely towns and villages.
Netherlands
Peugeot 208
April 6, 2024
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Turkey
Peugeot 108
October 19, 2023
Many villages, historical places and beautiful nature all around Arles, Avignon and Aix en Provence. We drove to most of them safely. The food was generally good and the restaurants were nice.
Portugal
Fiat 500
May 8, 2023
Trip to medieval cities, and French Riviera.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
October 5, 2022
We drove along the coast of the French Riviera. So beautiful!
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark 3d
March 6, 2020
get out of Marsielle as quick as possible they drive like they want to commit suicide, get up to the Luberon or the beaches past the Plages du Prado
Netherlands
Nissan Juke
May 9, 2019
marseille is very nice, the whole provence is (aix/arles/cassis).visit the regard the provence museum, the muzem,le pannier(the neighbourhood opposite the muzem),
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
April 14, 2019
Flamingos in the camargue are amazing. Go to the ornothologie part Ateliers restaurant in Mousolle Pont du Gard UNESCO site is phenomenal, book if you want to walk over the top
Sweden
Citroen C4 Cactus
October 25, 2018
Les calanques nearby Marseille are breath-taking.
Hungary
Citroen C4
August 6, 2018
Great service :) Thanks
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
SIXT
8.5 / 10
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Lowest-rated company
RentScape
6.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
31
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$74.60
Lowest daily price
$42.30
Total cars available
685

Top 17 suppliers in Marseille in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 51 reviews
4 locations
$107 - $502
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.2 / 42 reviews
5 locations
$43 - $160
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Very good 8.2 / 18 reviews
1 location
$45 - $164
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 5 reviews
4 locations
$64 - $86
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 149 reviews
2 locations
$54 - $96
Budget
Budget
Very good 8 / 41 reviews
2 locations
$64 - $197
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 27 reviews
2 locations
$65 - $200
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8 / 20 reviews
4 locations
$62 - $216
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.9 / 62 reviews
4 locations
$42 - $291
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.9 / 5 reviews
4 locations
$61 - $81
Alamo
Alamo
Good 7.8 / 148 reviews
2 locations
$55 - $285
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8 / 1 review
3 locations
$89 - $177
National
National
Good 7.7 / 16 reviews
2 locations
$63 - $284
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
$74 - $98
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.2 / 485 reviews
1 location
$65 - $112
Firefly
Firefly
Satisfactory 6.9 / 27 reviews
1 location
RentScape
RentScape
Satisfactory 6.5 / 30 reviews
1 location
$46 - $111
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