Château d'If Château d'If

Château d'If



Tickets for the Château d'If

Self-guided tour of the Château d'If

Not included:
Shuttle to the Island (see practical information below)


What to expect

Built on a rocky islet off the coast of the Mediterranean in 1524 by order of François I, the Château d'If was intended to protect the shores of the city of Marseille from invasion. Due to its isolation, the fortress on the island of If became for four centuries a prison where criminals, Protestants, and banished individuals were incarcerated. Among its prisoners was José Custodio Faria, immortalized in the legendary Count of Monte Cristo.

Purchase your tickets online in advance on Ticketeaser to visit this oldest royal fortification in the Frioul archipelago. This structure comprises several dark cells, including the famous dungeon known as the "condemned to death" cell located at the height of the third step of the keep's staircase. Its battlements offer a panoramic view of the bay of Marseille.

Opening Hours

From January 2nd to April 1st

Open daily from 10am to 5pm

From April 2nd to September 30th

Open daily from 10am to 6pm

From October 2nd to December 31st

Open daily except Mondays from 10am to 5pm

**Closures**: January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th.

Practical Information

  • Cancellation policy: Tickets are non-cancelable and non-refundable.

Free Admission

  • Under 18 (with family and excluding school groups)
  • 18-25 years old (citizens of European Union countries and non-European regular residents in France)
  • Disabled person and their companion
  • Job seeker, upon presentation of an attestation dated within the last 6 months
  • Culture Card - ICOM Card
  • For everyone: the first Sunday of each month, from November 1st to March 31st

How to Get There?

By boat: embark from the Old Port, Quai de la Fraternité. Companies offering shuttles to the Château d'If: Frioul If Express, Croisières Marseille Calanques, and Icard Maritime.
The ticket price does not include the boat to the castle (Round-trip price to the Island of If: approximately 11 euros).

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1 Quai de la Fraternité
13001 Marseille

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