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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
Today:  10:00 - 17:00
Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday:  10:00 - 17:00
Thursday:  10:00 - 17:00
Friday:  10:00 - 17:00
Saturday:  10:00 - 17:00
  • 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
3 Quai du Port, 13001, Marseille
Château d’If
1,Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the dedicated entrance
  • From 1 December, the ticket booth for the ferry should return to 1, Quai de la Fraternité (13001)

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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

Sep 10, 2018
Very interesting. Great way to spend afternoon
Aug 19, 2018
Super DAY
Jul 26, 2018
It was perfect from start to finish. Had fast track tickets so no queuing, it never felt crowded and the prison was beautiful with fantastic views. There is a restaurant with great views.
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
Sep 30, 2018
Visite guidée très bien faite avec un narrateur qui nous plonge dans les coulisses du château d'If
Sep 6, 2018
El tour es muy completo, te lleva a las cosas más importantes de las cuales una explicación no viene mal para entender mejor la historia de Marsella. Muy recomendado el paseo por el casco antiguo contemplando el arte callejero de la ciudad.
Aug 24, 2018
Château où au bout d'une demie heure de visite on ne sait plus où est la fiction de la réalité.
Aug 23, 2018
Très bonne visite eta surtout pas d'attente.

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