How do I get to Corsica from Marseille by ferry?

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The Isle of Beauty is one of Europe’s top destinations: discover our guide to getting to Corsica from Marseille by ferry!

Is there a more beautiful destination in mainland France than Corsica? This island, the fourth largest in the Mediterranean, boasts unique charm and breathtaking scenery. It’s also unique in terms of its location within France. For the Isle of Beauty is not just another region of France. It boasts a unique administrative situation, the fruit of an eventful and fascinating history, as well as a culture that has been preserved and cherished by its inhabitants. Visiting Corsica is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of this magnificent island, to discover sublime landscapes, hidden coves, turquoise beaches and rugged, wild mountains. These dreamy settings are complemented by an exceptional climate, welcoming locals despite the clichés, and a rich culture.

Do you want total freedom to discover the island? Then why not take a trip with your own vehicle? Travelling to Corsica from Marseille by ferry is an excellent way to visit the island’s most beautiful sites, such as the superb Ajaccio, the small medieval town of Sartène, the dazzling Nonza or Île Rousse.

Breathtaking scenery awaits you in Corsica, a diamond in the rough nestled between sea and mountains! Interested in this adventure? Find out how to get to Corsica from Marseille by ferry!

Ferry companies linking Corsica to Marseille

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The two best ways to reach Corsica are by plane or ferry. Corsica is a superb destination to visit by car, van or camper van. Whether you’re coming from the South of France or the rest of the country, if you want to discover this island of Beauty in complete freedom, the ferry is the best solution if you’re coming with your own vehicle. It’s even generally cheaper than buying a plane ticket or renting a car on the spot.

Marseille is obviously one of the best starting points for ferrying to Corsica. From the port of Marseille, you can embark for Bastia, Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, Ile Rousse or Propriano. Allow 11 hours on average to reach Ile Rousse, Bastia and Ajaccio. For Porto-Vecchio, allow at least 14 hours and up to 17 hours. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Marseille, you can choose the port of Toulon to reach Corsica by ferry. You can also go to Nice, Genoa or Livorno (in Italy).

To get to Corsica from Marseille by ferry, you can choose between two companies: Corsica Linea and La Méridionale.

Please note: As the port of Marseille is vast, there are several departure points, depending on the company.

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Plan a ferry trip to Corsica with Direct Ferries

Planifier un trajet en ferry pour aller en Corse

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Kévin Langlais

To get to Corsica from Marseille by ferry, you can use the ferry comparison service Direct Ferries. On this platform, you’ll generally find the best fares and timetables (alas, imposed), as close as possible to your vacation dates. Then book your ferry to Corsica from Marseille with ease.

All Corsican ports are served year-round (with the exception of Propiano). In general, there is one crossing each day to the main destinations, with the two partner companies normally running one rotation per day. Most crossings take place at night.

On average, there are 8 crossings a week between Ajaccio and Marseille and between Bastia and Marseille, 4 for Porto-Vecchio, as well as for Île Rousse (Corsica Linea only) and for Propiano (La Méridionale only). If the routes from Marseille are incompatible with your preferences, you can still go to Toulon or Nice, or even Genoa in Italy.

How do I book a ferry to Corsica from Marseille?

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As when you book a flight or other public transport, it’s advisable to buy your ticket several weeks in advance if you can. Booking a ticket couldn’t be simpler.

Visit the Direct Ferries website and :

  • Enter your vacation dates for the round trip from Marseille to your desired destination in Corsica.

You’ll also be asked to specify your preferred times, the number of passengers, any pets you may have, and the type, make and model of your vehicle if you’re traveling with one.

  • Compare timetables and prices with the Direct Ferries search engine

Beware, prices can quickly fluctuate upwards, especially as summer approaches and places become scarce. Currently, prices for summer 2019 exceed €500. Outside the summer season, or if you book in advance, prices are more reasonable and can fall below €300.

  • Choose the options for your crossing

Whether it’s your seat, your cabin type (an optional extra, but without sleeping on deck or in the ship’s lounge), or whether you want priority boarding and meals. These options logically increase the price.

  • If you wish, take out cancellation insurance

We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance at no extra cost, for €9.75 per passenger. Changes and cancellations are frequent, and with the standard ticket, change fees can amount to €35.

Please note: on the Corsica Linea and La Méridionale websites, fares are more or less the same as on Direct Ferries.

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