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Tickets for Château d’If: Fast Track

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

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Opening hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
  • 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.

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What's included
  • Access to the Château
  • Ferry to the island
  • No audio guides available, but a subtitled film is screened during the visit
Boarding point - ferry
Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille
Château d’If
1,Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille

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


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Additional info

Opening Hours

  • 2 October - 1 April: Tue - Sun: 10:00 - 17:00
  • 2 April - 30 September: Mon - Sun: 10:00 - 18:00

Getting There

Ferry: Boarding in Vieux Port, Quai de la Fraternité. Tickets can be purchased from 'Frioul If Express', 'Croisières Marseille Calanques', or 'Icard Maritime'.

Jun 20, 2018
Everything went well, we did not have to queue at all, the boats were on time both ways. Entrance to the chateau was fast and easy.
Dec 31, 2017
This was my 2nd trip to the Chateau the 1st 44yrs ago. I found it a better experience to visit the other island and enjoy lunch
Jul 28, 2017
Fast & Simple
Jul 13, 2018
Klappte super! Spart mindestens zehn bis fünfzehn Minuten, wenn man noch nicht gleich so hoch rennen will wie alle anderen Leute. Dann geht man einfach vorbei und zeigt die PDF mit den Tickets. Besser geht es nicht!
Jun 23, 2018
De très bonnes surprises avec de l'histoire, de l'imaginaire, une expo temporaire et de lart comtemporain...tout ça en 1 seule visite sur une île magnifique !
Apr 9, 2018
Il faut acheter en plus un billet de transport!!!
Nov 5, 2017
Nov 4, 2017
Gain de temps certain
Oct 10, 2017
Excellente expérience, avec un château magnifique !
Oct 2, 2017
Exilent accueil rien à dire et en plus une journée féérique bravos

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