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Cheap areas to stay in Marseille

Despite all the yachters and jet-setters that flock to the French Riviera each year, Marseille is not just for the super rich. Rubbing shoulders with the James Bond hotels of the Vieux Port area, you'll discover a clutch of cheap 2-star accommodations, offering simple and clean private rooms that are close to the bustling ancient harbor of the city. The up-and-coming district of La Joliette has another string of affordable little bed and breakfasts hidden between its old streets, while there's also a smattering of wallet-friendly budget hotels close to the famous Stade Vélodrome.

Cheap hotels in Marseille

Hidden between the rugged calanques and pebble coves of the Cote d'Azur just south out of central Marseille, the Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Prado Plage is a fine choice for those in search of comfort, quietude, and relaxation – you'll get an apartment with a kitchenette, and a pool to sweeten the deal. The reasonably-priced Appart’City Marseille Aeroport offers easy access to Provence Airport and the beaches of Bouches-du-Rhone, while the simple and cozy rooms of the B&B Hotel Marseille, located in the midst of the lively 2nd Arrondissement – are perfect for any budding foodies and party goers.

Where to find cheap food in Marseille

For some of the top cheap eats in the city, make a beeline for the Canebiere drag that cuts through the Belsunce neighborhood. Here, you'll enjoy small creperies and cafés, supermarkets, and casual breakfast joints. Marseille's reinvigorated 2nd Arrondissement of La Joliette is now home to cool teahouses and cocktail bars that inhabit the old port depots of decades gone by, while the busy strip of Cours Belsunce has its own falafel kitchens and kebab holes-in-the-wall, where North African spices meet chickpea salads.

Cheap things to do in Marseille

It doesn’t cost a thing to wander the narrow alleys and maze of stony streets that forms the Vieux Port and Panier neighborhoods, or to marvel up at the grand Longchamp monument, the Notre Dame de la Garde, and the huge la Major cathedral. But sightseeing is only half the story, because this lived-in town also has bustling food and antiques bazaars in Noailles and the Saint Victor Market, not to mention oodles of independent coffee houses in hip and happening Cours Julien. And then – of course – there's the city's location on the edge of the gorgeous French Riviera. You won't have to flash any cash to don a bikini or some board shorts, and make for the sun-kissed beaches of Port Pin, the inner-city Prado, Prophete beach, and all the others to the east and west.

Cheap ways to get around Marseille

The cheapest way to navigate your way around pretty Marseille is by foot. Getting between neighborhoods by walking is often an experience in itself, thanks to the ancient outline of the city and its countless winding alleys and hidden piazzas. However, the RTM transport system is also affordable and efficient, even if it doesn't run regularly at night. You can purchase combination tickets for travel on the trams, trains, and buses. The town's Le velo bike service can be used for 2-wheel rentals, and there's a smartphone app to make things nice and simple.

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