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Friday, 11 January 2013

Cost-comparison for a stay in Marseille on its inauguration weekend as European Capital of Culture

With the start of 2013 underway, Marseille in France has assumed its position as a European Capital of Culture.

The cultural programme will officially begin on 12th January with four festive highlights: a public opening ceremony in Marseille, the opening of a contemporary art exhibition in Aix-en-Provence, a treasure hunt in Marseille-Provence and a fireworks display in Arles to close the opening week-end.

For travellers looking to head to Marseille to experience some of the action, we at TripAdvisor have put together TripIndex Marseille, a price comparison of a stay in Marseille. The TripIndex includes a range of budgets – those looking for a more basic trip to those who are planning a luxurious weekend away.

The TripIndex Marseille is based on the combined cost of one night's hotel accommodation, a ‘bouillabaisse’ dish and a glass of ‘pastis’ which are traditional for Marseille and transport in to central Marseille:
Hotel Budget Level Drink
Return/13 kilometers round trip
£ Comfort:
£2.32 Public transport: £2.33  £24.39 £100.53
££ First class: £103.17  £3.98 Taxi: £18.88 £39.31 £165.34
£££ Luxury: £150.30  £8.54 Car hire with driver: £113.97 £80.04 £352.85

For more information on Marseille visit: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g187253-Marseille_Bouches_du_Rhone_Provence-Vacations.html

TripIndex Marseille 2013 Methodology:
Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below.  Prices were taken in local currency in December 2012 for the night of 12 to 13 of January 2013, date of the inauguration of Marseille 2013 European Capital of Culture.

Hotels: Hotel prices shown specify the average per room per night cost of a 3 star hotel, a 4 star hotel and a 5 star hotel found on TripAdvisor in Marseille. For each hotel category, between two and 29 hotels were included to compute the average price. Pricing information is taken from partner booking sites on TripAdvisor.
Meal: Meal prices shown specify the average cost of a ‘bouillabaisse', a local dish, for one person taken from three local restaurants in each price category shown on TripAdvisor (£ = under £30; ££ = under £50; £££ = over £50). 

Drink: Prices specify the average cost of a glass of  ‘pastis’, a local traditional drink, from top-rated hotels in each star category on TripAdvisor in Marseille.
Transport: Prices specify the cost of one return journey in public transport (bus, tube, tramway) in central Marseilles, a taxi return journey of 13 kilometers approximately (6,5 kilometers for each journey) in central Marseilles and the price of a car hired with driver for a return journey 13 kilometers approximately (6,5 kilometers for each journey) in central Marseille. Prices were sourced from local authorities and recognised car hire companies.