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Traveling from Madrid to Marseille by train

Looking to travel from Madrid to Marseille by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 11 hours 19 minutes to travel from Madrid to Marseille by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 8 hours 1 minute though. You'll usually find 5 trains per day running along the 816 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Marseille. You'll be traveling with AVE, Renfe or Renfe-SNCF on your way to Marseille, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Madrid to Marseille start from $39.68 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Marseille by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Madrid to Marseille by train

It takes an average of 11h 19m to travel from Madrid to Marseille by train, over a distance of around 507 miles (816 km). There are normally 5 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Marseille and tickets for this journey start from $39.68 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 1m
PriceFrom $39.68
Distance507 miles (816 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
First train06:30
Last train20:40
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationMarseille
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, ALSA, Renfe

Madrid to Marseille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Marseille for Tuesday Sep 27th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:30 15:37 10h 7m, 4 changes
07:00 17:38 10h 38m, 3 changes
08:30 18:37 10h 7m, 2 changes
12:25 20:26 8h 1m, direct
19:40 13:23 17h 43m, 2 changes

Renfe, AVE and Renfe-SNCF trains from Madrid to Marseille

You can travel from Madrid to Marseille on Renfe, AVE and Renfe-SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Marseille

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Marseille starts at $39.68 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid to Marseille by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Madrid to Marseille

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Marseille? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Madrid to Marseille take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Marseille is 11 hours and 19 minutes, with around 5 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Madrid and Marseille by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Marseille is 8 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Madrid to Marseille cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Marseille can start from as little as $39.68 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Marseille?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Marseille without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Madrid to Marseille each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Madrid to Marseille leave?

The first train from Madrid to Marseille leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Madrid to Marseille leave?

The last train from Madrid to Marseille leaves at 20:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Madrid and Marseille by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Marseille cover a distance of around 507 miles (816 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Marseille to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Marseille for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/01/2022 for travel on 12/01/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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