Information & Facts
Marseille's climate is Mediterranean, with mild, dry winters and
warm, humid summers. July and August are the hottest time of year,
with temperatures averaging around 78°F (25°C), while January and
February are the coldest, with an average temperature of 51°F
(10°C). Marseille is also well known for its mistral, a cold,
strong wind that occurs mostly in winter and spring.
An efficent metro system operates in Marseille, and the city is
linked to Paris (a 3 hour trip) by the TGV. An extensive bus system
also operates in the city and its outlying suburbs. The central
part of the city, particularly the narrow lanes of the old sections
of town and the harbour, is easy to negotiate on foot.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).