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Trains to Marseille

The port of Marseille is the most important transport hub on the Mediterranean coast of France. The main train station, Marseille-St-Charles, enjoys excellent connections with provincial cities across France, with regular departures for Bordeaux, Lille, Nantes, Nice and Strasbourg. Fast TGV trains take just over three hours for the 750-km journey from Paris to Marseille.

On 1 May 2015, Eurostar launched its new direct train from London to Marseille. It is the first time that there have ever been direct scheduled trains from England to the shores of the Mediterranean. In 2019, the direct Eurostar from London to Marseille runs three or four times per week from early May until mid-September.

There are other useful international services, including several trains each day to Brussels and direct services to Switzerland (Geneva), Italy (Genoa and Milan), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid) and Germany (Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt-am-Main). It’s easy to see why Marseille is a key stop on many itineraries through southern France.

Most visitors to Marseille focus on the Old Town with its historic port district – which is called the Vieux Port. Spend a day or two lingering in and around the old fish market and the waterfront which boasts a fine range of cafés and seafood restaurants. Culture vultures make for the striking new Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM). With boat trips out to the islands in the bay and excursions east from the city along the rocky limestone coast, Marseille makes a perfect base for a few days exploring western Provence. The city is also a good jumping-off point for excursions into the Alps, with direct regional train services to Gap and Briançon.

Travel to Marseille by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

Paris to Marseille by train

from $47.28

Avg 0 changes 3hr 5m

Ashford to Marseille by train

from $104.02

Avg 1 change 6hr 6m

Brussels to Marseille by train

from $83.84

Avg 0 changes 4hr 51m

Milan to Marseille by train

from $30.76

Avg 0 changes 7hr 21m

Madrid to Marseille by train

from $67.45

Avg 0 changes 7hr 55m

London to Marseille by train

from $88.89

Avg 1 change 6hr 19m

Geneva to Marseille by train

from $34.67

Avg 0 changes 3hr 30m

Lyon to Marseille by train

from $22.69

Avg 0 changes 1hr 40m

Montpellier to Marseille by train

from $11.35

Avg 0 changes 1hr 22m

Nîmes to Marseille by train

from $15.13

Avg 0 changes 55m

Bordeaux to Marseille by train

from $23.33

Avg 0 changes 5hr 51m

Barcelona to Marseille by train

from $33.41

Avg 0 changes 4hr 35m

Genoa to Marseille by train

from $26.98

Avg 0 changes 5hr 33m

Aix-en-Provence to Marseille by train

from $14.50

Avg 0 changes 29m

Avignon to Marseille by train

from $13.87

Avg 0 changes 28m

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.