Fastest journey7hr 21m
Taking the train from Milan to Marseille became even easier with the launch in late 2014 of a new direct Thello service linking the two cities. The direct train leaves Milan mid-afternoon, arriving into Marseille late evening. This train runs daily for much of the year, but just twice or thrice weekly in the winter period (late November to mid-March). The journey time is 7 hrs 20 mins. If you wish to travel earlier in the day, there are plenty of alternative options. The best of these in terms of scenery and travel time require just one change of train in Nice.
The train heads south-west from Milan to reach the coast of Liguria at Genoa. From here the entire journey to Marseille broadly follows the Mediterranean coast. You’ll cross the Italian-French border between Ventimiglia and Menton. Not long after entering France, you’ll very briefly traverse the territory of the Principality of Monaco. For the best of the sea views, grab a seat on the left side of the train.
Bookings for this route normally open four months in advance of travel. To get the cheapest fares on the direct Thello trains (called 'Smart'), it is worth booking as soon as tickets go on sale.
Milan to Marseille
Whether you use the direct Thello EuroCity train from Milan to Marseille or select an itinerary requiring a single change of train in Nice, your journey will start at Milan Centrale station. The direct service makes 17 intermediate stops on the journey. These include Genoa, Sanremo, Monaco Monte Carlo, Nice, Antibes and Cannes. This journey thus takes in most of the celebrated Riviera resorts. 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 £129.60
- From Sete from £15.50
- From Monaco-Monte-Carlo from £25.00
- From Aubagne from £4.00