Thinking about spending some time in the South of France and looking for more information about how to travel from London to Marseille by train? Start your journey now!
Usually, the train from London to Marseille takes 9h 43m to travel 621 miles (1000 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 7h 24m. On this popular route, you can expect to find 10 trains running each day. At the moment, you’ll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct Eurostar trains running from London to Marseille. Depending on when you travel, you’ll have to make a quick platform change at Lille Europe. Alternatively, you’ll need to travel from Paris Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon which takes around 30 minutes on public transport. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be hopping on a modern and comfortable high-speed TGV train to continue your journey to Marseille.
Once you’ve arrived in Marseille, you can climb up to Notre Dame de la Garde – one of Marseille’s most famous landmarks, with beautiful views over the city. Or take a stroll around Vieux Port, Marseille’s old harbour, to watch the boats and the sunset with a glass of local wine. For more ideas, take a look at our top things to do in Marseille.
Ready to book your train tickets? There’s no need to wait, start a search for train tickets from London to Marseille now! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, keep reading for our train timetable, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs including first and last train times.
It takes an average of 7h 44m to travel from London to Marseille by train, over a distance of around 621 miles (1000 km). There are normally 17 trains per day travelling from London to Marseille and tickets for this journey start from £89.86 when you book in advance.
From 6h 25m
621 miles (1000 km)
17 trains per day
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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 London to Marseille by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
I recently took the train from London to Marseille with Eurostar and OUIGO, travelling in Standard Class. It took around 7 and a half hours to get from London St Pancras International station to Marseille St-Charles station by train.
What I enjoyed about the journey
This was a trip to Marseille to meet some friends and see a rugby match. Both the Eurostar and OUIGO trains were on time and very fast. There were some great views along the way too.
I found the seats comfortable with enough legroom and was impressed with the trains’ overall cleanliness. I also appreciated the fact that there was ample luggage storage on board the trains.
My overall travel time was about 7 and a half hours, and at just under £200 for the return journey I felt the trip was fairly good value.
In summary, the trip was very easy, comfortable and stress free.
Toby, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Marseille. The review has been written by one of our travel writers, based on a survey including multiple-choice questions regarding pros and cons of the journey.