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Train travel from Lyon to Marseille

For a fast train journey to Marseille from Lyon choose the high-speed TGV train and you’ll be there in less than an hour and a half. You could be enjoying breakfast in the historic Vieux Lyon, then be in Marseille by lunch time. When booking your tickets why not choose First Class for that extra comfort, which includes access to the Grand Voyageur lounge, extra legroom and a power socket and retractable table per passenger.

When you arrive in Marseille, the station is right in the centre of the city, so it’s perfect to begin exploring. Top things to do here include visiting the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, exploring the Calanques National Park and the pretty Boulevard Longchamp. 

Check out the Journey Planner at the top of the page to find the right train from Lyon to Marseille for you.

Lyon to Marseille by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Lyon to Marseille by train, over a distance of around 173 miles (278 km). There are normally 9 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Marseille and tickets for this journey start from €10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 43m
Price€10 - €269.60
Distance173 miles (278 km)
Frequency9 trains per day
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationMarseille
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Lyon to Marseille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Marseille for Samstag 6. Juni 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:28 Lyon Part-Dieu08:13 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 6801 SNCF Get tickets1h 45m, direct
10:36 Lyon Part-Dieu12:23 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9810 SNCF Get tickets1h 47m, direct
11:36 Lyon Part-Dieu13:23 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 5332 SNCF Get tickets1h 47m, direct
13:10 Lyon Part-Dieu15:06 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9877 SNCF Get tickets1h 56m, direct
14:10 Lyon Part-Dieu18:31 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9826 SNCF Get tickets4h 21m, 2 changes
17:06 Lyon Part-Dieu18:49 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9830 SNCF Get tickets1h 43m, direct
17:10 Lyon Part-Dieu21:01 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9879 SNCF Get tickets3h 51m, 2 changes
20:06 Lyon Part-Dieu21:49 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9580 SNCF Get tickets1h 43m, direct
06:28 Lyon Part-Dieu08:13 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 6801 SNCF Get tickets1h 45m, direct
10:36 Lyon Part-Dieu12:23 Marseille St-CharlesTGV INOUI 9810 SNCF Get tickets1h 47m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, TER and SNCF trains from Lyon to Marseille

You can travel from Lyon to Marseille on TGV, OUIGO, TER and 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.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Marseille

Train tickets from Lyon to Marseille start at €10 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 €70.33.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price59
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price60.59
on the day
avg. single price70.33

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 Lyon 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 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 Lyon 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 Lyon to Marseille take?

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Marseille is 3 hours and 36 minutes, with around 9 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 Lyon and Marseille by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Marseille is 1 hour and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Marseille cost?

Train tickets from Lyon to Marseille can start from as little as €10 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 Lyon to Marseille?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Marseille without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Lyon to Marseille. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Lyon to Marseille leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lyon to Marseille leaves at 20:10. 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 Lyon and Marseille by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Marseille cover a distance of around 173 miles (278 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Marseille to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Marseille.
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 Lyon to Marseille for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/06/2020. 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 01/06/2020 for travel on 13/07/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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