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Olympique de Marseille vs Arsenal

Advice for fans travelling to see the Olympique de Marseille vs Arsenal game on the 18 September 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Date: 18 September 2013

Venue: Stade Vélodrome, 3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille

Kick-off time: 20:45

Along with this advice, please also check out our travel advice for France

Passports and visas

Ensure you check your passport and visa details:

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to France, but your passport should be valid for your time in the country
  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night
  • travellers should carry ID at all times

Getting to the stadium

Check out the following information on how to get to the stadium:

  • stadium metro station is Rond Point du Prado
  • metro from old Port (where visiting supporters gather) is on line 1 (2 stops) to Castellane then change to line 2 and further 2 stops to stadium
  • supporters should allow around 30 minutes to get to stadium from Old Port by Metro
  • supporters should aim to leave Old Port by Metro at 18.00 at the latest to avoid congestion
  • main line railway station is Gare St Charles. Regular coach service to airport arrives and departs here
  • taxis from airport to stadium will cost around 70€ (more during rush hour)
  • no scheduled public transport will be running at the end of match

At the match

Advice for at the match:

  • all official Arsenal supporters (except VIPs and sponsors) will enter the stadium via the Parc Chanot entrance
  • ticket inspection and full body searches will be carried out by Marseille football club stewards and police
  • large police contingent will control entry to official supporters’ area
  • alcohol is banned inside the stadium
  • please note that Arsenal fans will be held back for around 20 to 30 minutes while the home supporters disperse
  • the stadium opens 2 hours before kick-off, you are advised to arrive well before the start of match as ticket and security checks can take up to an hour to complete before admittance to the visitors’ section
  • if you appear drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium


The following items are banned in the stadium and will be confiscated (and are unlikely to be returned):

  • banners and flags displaying anything which can be construed as racist or homophobic
  • flagpoles, sticks
  • fireworks and flares
  • alcoholic drinks, bottles, glasses, and cans
  • megaphones and drums
  • knives, belts, chains or any objects which can be thrown or used as a weapon

Consulate address

British Consulate
24 Avenue du Prado
3006 Marseille

Tel: +33 4 91 15 72 10

Emergency number: 112

Arsenal website

Published 17 September 2013