Flying to Marseille is simple, and the southern-French city can be reached from all corners of the globe. If you are flying from the UK, Ryanair and British Airways fly from London Stansted and Heathrow. Those flying from the United States will need to change. They can fly from New York JFK or Chicago O'Hare to Frankfurt with Lufthansa, who also provide connecting flights to Marseille. Flying from Australia requires a couple of stops. Visitors from Sydney can take an Air China flight to Shanghai and then hook up with a Lufthansa service to Munich, before taking a connecting flight. Air France also flies from Johannesburg to Paris, and then south to Marseille. Marseille-Provence Airport is located a few kilometres to the north-west of the city, but is well connected to the centre of town. Shuttle buses depart constantly throughout the day to Marseille Saint-Charles (the main train station). There is also a direct train link to Marseille and other regional destinations such as Aubagne or Arles.
Marseille is France's second city, and one of the largest cities on the Mediterranean coast. It's history as a major port means that Marseille has an atmosphere unlike Paris or other French cities. The harbour and seafront have been completely renovated in recent years, and host a collection of fantastic museums, including the Mucem museum of history, with its spectacular post-modern architecture. Lovers of architecture can visit Le Corbusier's famous Ville Radieuse and the city's beautiful Cathedral, while art lovers are catered for by the Museum of Contemporary Art. But the greatest pleasure in Marseille is simply to wander around the vibrant streets, sampling Provencal food and wine, or heading to North African cous-cous vendors. It's a constantly changing, endlessly fascinating place to visit.