Planning a trip from London to Marseille and not sure of the best way to travel between the two? Whilst it’s possible to travel by plane, train and automobile – taking the train certainly has its benefits.
Not only is it an eco-friendlier way to travel, taking the train means you can depart from and arrive into both city centres, bring plenty of luggage with you and enjoy wide comfortable seating and free WiFi on the way to the South of France.
The first part of the journey sees you hop on board a high-speed Eurostar service, whizz under the Channel Tunnel and arrive into Paris, where you’ll change for an even quicker TGV high-speed service to take you on to Marseille. During the summer months – usually between May and mid-September – Eurostar even offer some direct services between these two destinations! Once you arrive into Marseille, the station is centrally located meaning it’s just a short walk to the picturesque Old Port, where you can relax with a drink and watch the boats sail by.
Ready to book? Find times and tickets in our Journey Planner or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from London to Marseille by train.
Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 320km/h. All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).
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!
Take a look at treni in Europa Low Cost 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.
The average journey time by train between London and Marseille is 7 hours and 49 minutes, with around 17 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Marseille is 6 hours and 27 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Marseille can start from as little as €59 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.
No, there are no direct train services from London to Marseille. Travelling from London to Marseille by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from London to Marseille leaves at 05:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Marseille leaves at 20:01. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Marseille cover a distance of around 1000km during the journey.