Saturday, October 31, 2015

Day Trip to Cassis (And How to Get There)

If your story book, quant little Mediterranean coast town existed, Cassis France would be the place. With its adorable boat dock, its narrowed cobble stone streets, and the incredible Calanques park a few steps away, Cassis will charm you away. What I didn't know was how complicated it would be to get there from Marseille without a car (as well as getting back). Stick around to discover all the picturesque corners of this not so hidden gem off the Cote d Azur!
Traveling to Cassis from Marseille we were not expecting rough sailing. After realizing how complicated it was to travel from city to city in the South of France, I understood why so many people ditch public transport and travel by car. Despite the complications, we went head over heels for this little port town! 

  • Super short trip from Marseille to Cassis (About 30 minutes to an hour depending on your method of transportation) 
  • Small, but extremely charming port town
  • Beach located a couple of steps from the port
For those of you, however, who aren't staying too long in the Cote d Azur and are relying on trains and buses, here are a few tips on getting to Cassis from Marseille:

Train Option
  • To Cassis: Take the train from Marseille Saint Charles heading towards Toulon (TER train) 
  • From Cassis to Port (Option A): Take the bus shuttle from the train station to the port. If you do this option, be sure to time out your train arrival time to Cassis with the bus departure time. Their timetable do not coincide so you might be stuck there for a while (like we were!)
  • From Cassis to Port (Option B): Take a taxi waiting outside of the train station. The bad thing about this option is that there aren't a lot of taxis available, so there might not be any upon arrival. 
Bus Option
  • To Cassis: Take bus M8 line (Marseille/Cassis/Carnoux par la Gineste) and get off at Gendarmerie
  • To Cassis to Port: Walk over from the Gendarmerie stop on Rue de la Ciotat to the central port (around a 7 minute walk) 
Although I went by train, I highly recommend taking the bus since it leaves you pretty close to the Cassis port, a much better option than taking the Cassis bus shuttle from the train station that may or may not come on time....that's the South of France for you I guess! Nonetheless, Cassis is definitely worth a day trip from either Marseille or Toulon.

Have you been to Cassis? What's your favorite part?


  1. Wow what a gorgeous place!!! Your photos are just divine!!! Xx

    1. Thanks so much Emma- Cassis was also so photogenic ;)

  2. People who works there are some of the sweetest people I've met. Save yourself some time and just go there. Everyone at venues in San Francisco is sweet and ask how you've been, even though normally staff keep their heads down.