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Taking the train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles

If you need to make the trip from Arles to Marseille, nothing beats the speed and comfort of the train. The TER trains operated by SNCF will take you from Arles to Marseille St-Charles in under an hour.

Once you arrive into Marseille, you'll find plenty of things to see and do. The Vieux Port is crammed with museums and galleries, as well as lively bars and fine restaurants, while modernist architecture doesn't come more impressive than Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation. You can dip your toes into the Mediterranean at the Calanques, attend Olympique Marseille matches at the Stade Velodrome, or attend an event at Le Friche - a cultural centre that's right next door to St Charles Station.

St-Charles itself is perfectly located to start exploring the city, with links to the Marseille Metro and local buses. And there are plenty of daily departures from Arles for travellers to pick from. If we've tickled your tastebuds and you're ready for a French adventure, read on for trains times, prices and FAQs about your journey from Arles to Marseille St-Charles.

Journey timeFrom 44m
Price€9.90 - €81.80
Distance74km (46 miles)
Frequency20 trains per day
Departure stationArles
Arrival stationMarseille St-Charles
ChangesDirect trains available
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Arles to Marseille St-Charles train times

Check out the next trains departing from Arles to Marseille St-Charles for Tuesday 4th Feb 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:53 10:22 1h 29m, 1 change
10:04 11:01 57m, direct
12:04 13:01 57m, direct
13:05 14:19 1h 14m, 1 change
13:50 14:39 49m, direct
14:04 15:01 57m, direct
15:05 16:19 1h 14m, 1 change
16:04 17:01 57m, direct
16:39 17:34 55m, direct
17:05 18:01 56m, direct

TER, SNCF and Intercités trains from Arles to Marseille St-Charles

You can travel from Arles to Marseille St-Charles on TER, SNCF and Intercités 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.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 160 km/h. Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.

Cheap train tickets from Arles to Marseille St-Charles

Train tickets from Arles to Marseille St-Charles start at €9.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €17.29.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price15.26
on the day
avg. single price17.29

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 Arles to Marseille St-Charles 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Arles to Marseille St-Charles? 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 Arles to Marseille St-Charles take?

The average journey time by train between Arles and Marseille St-Charles is 1 hour and 0 minutes, with around 24 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 Arles and Marseille St-Charles by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles is 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles cost?

Train tickets from Arles to Marseille St-Charles can start from as little as €9.90 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 Arles to Marseille St-Charles?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Arles to Marseille St-Charles without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Arles to Marseille St-Charles. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles leave?

The first train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles leave?

The last train from Arles to Marseille St-Charles leaves at 22:04. 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 Arles and Marseille St-Charles by train?

Trains travelling from Arles to Marseille St-Charles cover a distance of around 74km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Marseille St-Charles to Arles.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.
 / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Arles to Marseille St-Charles for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/02/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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