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  1. Where is the Palais du Pharo?

The Palais du Pharo, venue of the Congress, is located at 58 Boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille


2. What is the climate like in Marseille at the beginning of December?

Marseille is a Mediterranean city. The climate is mild in winter. It is generally between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius during the day and between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius. It is therefore advisable to wear clothes adapted to these temperatures, especially since the feeling of cold can be real in the event of a North wind (“The Mistral”).  

3. Is Marseille a safe city?

Marseille sometimes has a bad reputation, but it all depends on which parts of the city we are talking about. The northern districts are indeed more dangerous, especially at night. But there is no reason for congressmen to frequent the northern districts at night. Otherwise, Marseille is a quite frequentable city. As in any city, you should pay attention to what can attract the attention of potential thieves: jewellery, cameras, etc. The Old Port area - hotel area (Novotel and Sofitel Vieux Port) - Palais du Pharo is a calm and quiet area, very touristy.


4. How to get from the airport to the city center?

Marseille Provence Airport is located in Marignane, 27km from the Central Station (Gare Saint-Charles). There is a shuttle that connects these two places. You can check the website find all the information on transfers between the airport and the central station (Saint Charles station). 99 daily round trips, with a rate every 10 minutes.

Departure from the Airport at 4:10 a.m., 4:50 a.m., then every 20 minutes until 7:50 a.m. Every 15 minutes from 8:05 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. Every 20 minutes then until 00:30. Last departure at 1:30 a.m.

Departure from Marseille Gare St Charles at 3:30 a.m., 4:10 a.m., then every 20 minutes until 6:50 a.m. Every 15 minutes from 7:05 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. then every 20 minutes until 11:50 p.m. Last departure at 00:5

You can also take a taxi that will take you directly to your hotel. Beware of traffic at certain rush hours in Marseille… Normally, it takes 40 minutes by taxi. Taxis at Marseille Airport offer a safe, quick and convenient way to transfer to the city centre. Taxis at Marseille airport are subject to a flat rate of €50 during the day and €60 at night in the city centre.

5. How do I get from Central Station to the Congress Hotel Zone?

We call the “hotel zone” the hotels located not far from the Congress Centre: Novotel and Sofitel Vieux Port. For other hotels, you have to study on a case-by-case basis with tools like googlemaps, for example.

To reach the hotel zone (or any other hotel) from Saint Charles station, it is best to take a taxi. The race costs less than 20 euros.


6. Will there be a reception at the airport or at the central station?

We will try to collect as much information as possible on arrivals in Marseille through a Google Form survey. Depending on frequencies and peaks, on November 30 we will set up a reception at Terminal 1 Hall B (arrivals hall) ( In the same way, we will organize a reception at Saint Charles station on November 30 according to the peak arrivals at this station. The reception will be at the main line arrival, around the E track. The people who will be present will be recognizable by wearing a blue chasuble marked OIEC. They can help you organize your transfer to your hotel.

7. What are the French regulations regarding Covid 19?

Since August 1, 2022, travelers no longer have to complete any formalities before their arrival in France, in mainland France and overseas, and the presentation of the health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or area of origin ; no further proof of travel (the "compelling reason") can be required; travelers no longer have to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and a commitment to undergo an antigenic test or a biological examination on arrival in the national territory.

In public transport, wearing a mask is not compulsory, but recommended.

8. How do I get from the hotel zone to the Palais du Pharo (Congress)?

People who stay at the Novotel and Sofitel Vieux Port, or New Hotel Marseille can go on foot. The journey is approximately 5 minutes. For people who are at the Ibis budget Vieux Port hotel, it takes 15 to 20 minutes on foot. From the Old Port, it is possible to take a bus: 82S or 83, which will drop you off at the "Palais du Pharo" stop. For tickets, see question 11.

For other hotels, calculate your route with Googlemap.

9. How to get from the hotel zone of the Congress to the cathedral (La Major)?

The journey on foot is 37 minutes, along the old port in its entirety. By bus, take bus 82 or 82S”, which runs along the Old Port. For tickets, see question 11. A taxi between the hotel zone and the Major will cost you around 10 euros and will take a few minutes.

10. How do I get from the hotel zone to Saint-Victor Abbey?

From Novotel/Sofitel/New Hotel Marseille and Ibis Budget Vieux Port, the journey on foot is 15 minutes. For people who want to use the bus, it's bus 82, 82S or 83, with a stop at "Théâtre de la criée", then 5 minutes on foot.

11. How do I get from the hotel zone to Notre Dame de la Garde?

The climb to Notre Dame de la Garde is difficult on foot (33 mins). You can get there by taxi (10 minutes, about 12 euros), or by bus: bus 82, 82S or 83 to Vieux Port, then connection with bus 60 which takes you to Notre Dame de la Garde. Journey time: approximately 35 minutes.

12. What tickets should I buy to use public transport in Marseille? 

Visit The ticket purchased at the station costs 1.70 Euros, and 2.00 Euros if purchased on the bus. You can buy a 10-trip pass for 15 euros. You can buy your tickets in the metro stations (we recommend the Vieux Port station, on the Vieux Port, as its name suggests), and more easily at the vending machines in the tram stations. A point of sale is open near the Old Port: Bourse (6 rue des Fabres, 13001), Monday to Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday), from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Locate yourself with Googlemaps.

13 Do you have a special diet?

In case of special diet, please inform us en  before November 25 by sending an email

14. What meals are covered by your Congress registration?

Your registration for the Congress allows you to benefit from the midday meals on 1, 2 and 3 December. These meals will be served in the form of lunch cocktails. They also allow you to benefit from the evening meals of December 1 and 3. The meal on December 3 will be a sit-down meal.

15. When and where will badge distribution begin?

Badges will be given to Congress participants from 30 December at 1 p.m. on the Congress site (Palais du Pharo).

Delivery times for Congress badges and kits:

November 30: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

December 1: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

December 2: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

December 3: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


16. Can I leave my luggage at the Congress Center?

It will be possible to leave your luggage at the reception during the opening time of the reception (between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., except Saturday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.).

17. How will the translation be done?

The congress will benefit from simultaneous interpretation in French, English and Spanish. Helmets will be given to you upon deposit of your identity document at the entrance to the Congress Centre.

18. Will there be an APP for the congress?

There will be no Congress app. Each delegate can access the smartphone version of the Congress website on their own mobile phone ( He will find there all the updated information concerning the life of the Congress: program, speakers, etc.

19. Why do you have to wear your name badge in the Congress Center?

For security reasons, entry to the Congress is nominative. Each delegate must therefore wear their badge at all times within the Palais du Pharo.

20. How to recognize the volunteers who are there to help you?

The team of volunteers in charge of welcoming or assisting you will wear a blue flocked OIEC Congress Staff chasuble. Do not hesitate to contact them if necessary.

21. Do we have to wear a surgical mask during the Congress and during the Eucharistic celebrations?

Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in France. It is only recommended in high traffic areas. You can therefore wear a mask if you wish.

22. Who do I contact in the event of a problem (health, loss of documents, objects, etc.)?

You will be able to speak to the volunteers, and to the people who will be at the reception.

23. In which neighborhood can you find nice restaurants?

You will find an area of restaurants all along the Old Port, and especially on the Place aux Huiles and Cours Honoré d'Orves

24. Electrical outlet in France


Remember to bring an adapter if needed.

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