Fastest journey7hr 55m
The new direct train from Madrid to Marseille has given a boost to business and leisure travel between the two cities. If the timings of the once-daily direct train do not suit your schedule there are further options which normally require a change of train at both Barcelona Sants and Narbonne, adding in total about an hour to the overall journey time.
The direct service to Marseille from Madrid is run by Spanish rail operator RENFE, using high-speed AVE trains. The first part of the journey is a fast dash from Madrid through Barcelona to Perpignan in France. Thereafter the pace slows as the train cruises through Languedoc to reach Marseille.
Bookings for this route normally open three months in advance of travel. Book early for the cheapest fares.
Madrid to Marseille
The journey from Madrid to Marseille starts at Puerta de Atocha station in the Spanish capital. The once-daily direct AVE service makes 11 intermediate stops, taking 7 hrs 50 mins for the journey to Marseille. There is much good scenery on this route, with some particularly fine views of the Languedoc coast on the stretch between Perpignan and Montpellier. Arrival in Marseille is at St-Charles station, from where it is just a 10-minute walk through the Quartier Belsunce to the old port.
Other journeys to Marseille View all journeys to Marseille
- From Genoa from £22.10
- From Narbonne from £36.50
- From Monaco-Monte-Carlo from £22.00
- From Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille from £4.50
- From Strasbourg from £34.00
- From Brussels from £77.50
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