Marseille airport in the south of France consists of two terminals, terminal 1 being the major terminal and terminal 2 being the no-frills Easy-jet and Ryanair terminal. Without a car it can be reached by train from Marseille Gare Saint-Charles or by the Navette bus, which you can buy an 8.50 euro single to the train station (about 20 minutes), where you can continue on to the other areas of the region.
If you are travelling from terminal 2 I would suggest that you go to terminal 1 whilst you are waiting to board because there is only a small cafe and nothing else and going through security there is one shop and another cafe. Not exactly somewhere you want to spend an hour and a half.
Terminal 1 is slightly better but if you are arriving at the airport late at night the cafe tends to run out of food (expensive food!) and so you are better taking something before you go. There is a gift shop here before you go through security and this is good for buying souvenirs from the Provence area. However if would also recommend getting these before as they are severely overpriced. The shops in the departure gates are not too bad and are worth a little extra time to take a look at, especially if there are any gifts you have forgotten.
The airport is very easy to navigate around and its difficult to get lost. There is a taxi rank outside, a bureau de change and two car hire companies near terminal 1. The information desk staff speak excellent English and are always polite and helpful so you are never stuck running around looking for transport.
Marseille Provence airport is labelled the getaway to Provence.
It is situated in the Wets of Marseille, about 20 kilometres from the centre.
You can go to Marseille, either by bus, the pick up point for buses is just opposite the terminal, or by taxi. If you go by taxi, you should expect to pay around 60 euros, which is around 40 pounds.
Marseille aiport is not very popular with no frills companies, although Easyjet fly there, and as a result, due to demand, particularly in summer, flights are expensive.
If you wish to visit the nice region of Camargue, this is probably the best airport. If you go anywhere between Marseille and Nice, I suggest you look at Nice, since there are more flights and prices tend to be cheaper.
You can rent the usual brands of cars, like Hertz and Avis at this aiport and there is a decent duty free once you pass passport control, but it is of no use if you fly to UK.