The high-speed TGV Méditerranée Paris-Marseille line opened in 2001, slashing the rail journey to a mere three hours and making it possible to cover the London-Marseille distance in just under seven hours. Regional trains run from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Nîmes, Arles, Orange, Avignon, Toulon, St-Raphaël, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Monaco and Menton.
There are two well-maintained and efficient metro lines and two tram lines, which serve most tourist destinations. There is also an excellent bus network, and buses go everywhere. The same ticket can be used on buses, trams and the metro. There is also a ferry service, a Marseille institution that allows you to travel across the Vieux Port without having to go round the long way on the quays.
Despite the city's size, it is relatively easy to get around in Marseille - except during rush hour in the centre of town. At night, it is recommended to pay to park in one of the many parking lots. Although Marseille is not the best city for cycling, the le vélo bike rental system operates throughout the city