Tickets for Château d’If: Fast Track

Visit the island fortress-prison that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo

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What's included

Access to the Château

What's not included

Ferry to the island
No audio guides available, but a subtitled film is screened during the visit

Meeting point

Navette du Frioul, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille

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  • Skip the line and see the inspirational venue behind Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Visit the island fortress prison and get amazing views of the Vieux Port from the boat and the island itself
  • Learn about the Protestants and Republicans incarcerated here and see old graffiti by past prisoners!

Step inside a literary classic when you visit the island fortress prison Château d’If, which was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Learn about the prisoners incarcerated here and get amazing views of the Vieux Port!

Francis I of France mainly utilized the Château d’If to protect the Marseilles coast from invasion. Protestants and Republicans, plus anyone opposing official authority was imprisoned at Château d’If from 1580 until 1871.

But the most famous prisoner here was undoubtedly Edmond Dantès, the protagonist of Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike him, your stay at Chateau d'If won't be 14 years of unjust imprisonment. Instead, it will be a fascinating and picturesque single day.

Travel over by boat and soak up the amazing views of the Vieux Port. Bypass the long line to the fortress and head inside to learn about the various political prisoners who were incarcerated here long ago, such as Mirabeau and the Communards of 1871 - proper revolutionary heroes.

  • Show your smartphone ticket at the dedicated entrance.
  • If the venue is closed on the day of your visit, for example due to bad weather conditions, please contact our customer support for a refund or a change of date
  • Free entry on 17 and 18th September 2022


Visitor booklet guides are available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese.

Saturday 10:30 - 17:15
Sunday 10:30 - 17:15
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:15
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:15
Thursday 10:30 - 17:15
Friday 10:30 - 17:15
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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