The draw for the knockout stages of Champions League paired Manchester United with Marseille in the last 16, meaning that Man United fans will be travelling to the south of France. Many Manchester United fans will be relishing the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful areas of Europe and of course to enjoy some Champions League action at the Stade Velodrome. If you haven’t travelled to Marseille for European football before, here is a guide to the French city so that you can know everything you need to on your European trip.
The first thing you’ll want to do is get your hands on those coveted tickets for the match at the Stade Velodrome. The first leg takes place in Marseille on Wednesday 23rd February and you can check ticket availability by clicking here. The stadium is located in the south of Marseilles, just a couple of miles from the city centre. You can take the metro to Rond Point du Prado Station on Line 2 to Ste Marguerite/Dromel. If you go down the route of car hire then heading to Marseille from the north you need to get off the autoroute at the Aubagne Junction and follow the signs to the Stade Velodrome. You can search for car hire options, alongside flights, by clicking here.
There are a number of flight options available to you, although as the Champions League fixture approaches the demand for air travel to Marseilles is sure to increase. Flights are available from London Gatwick, Stanstead and Bristol direct to Marseille Provence Airport. You can decide to stay in Marseilles for the night and get a return flight back the next day so that you can explore the French city as well as watch the football.
If you plan to stay in Marseilles for the night then you’ll need to book hotel accommodation alongside flights. The Football FanCast Travel Page is ideal for this as you can bring up all the hotels within a five mile radius of the Stade Velodrome. The available hotels are also listed in order of price so that your French football trip doesn’t have to cost you the earth. A handy map illustrates just where you’ll be staying, too, with Mercure Marseille Prado on the doorstep of the Olympique Marseille stadium.
So you can book football tickets, flights, hotel and accommodation for the Marseilles v Manchester United Champions League fixture with a couple of clicks of your mouse. This will ensure your trip to France is as simple as possible, then you just have to hope that Man United do the business in the Stade Velodrome.