Touring the coast of southern France by rail is the ideal way to travel – especially if travellers base themselves at Marseille St-Charles. The premier station in the city, St-Charles offers easy journeys to popular coastal resorts, as well as enticing cities. And if a southern city break is on the cards, there are very few better destinations than Toulon.
You can board a regional TER train or a high-speed TGV train to travel from Marseille to Toulon. It takes just under an hour, or as little as 45-minutes on TGV INOUI services.
One of the world's great ports, Toulon is an incredible destination for lovers of the sea. You’ll find the Museum of the Sea here, which will be a revelation for history fans. The same applies to the Second World War-themed Musée Mémorial du Débarquement, and Toulon's excellent Photography Museum. But it's just as fun to kick back in a restaurant by the harbour and watch the world pass by.
Ready to book? Start your search for train tickets from Marseille to Toulon in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times and FAQs.
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.
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.
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).
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 Marseille St-Charles to Toulon 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.
The average journey time by train between Marseille St-Charles and Toulon is 51 minutes, with around 45 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 Marseille St-Charles to Toulon is 43 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Marseille St-Charles to Toulon can start from as little as €3.20 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Marseille St-Charles to Toulon without having to change trains. There are 45 direct trains from Marseille St-Charles to Toulon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Marseille St-Charles to Toulon leaves at 05:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Marseille St-Charles to Toulon leaves at 21:28. 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 Marseille St-Charles to Toulon cover a distance of around 30 miles (49 km) during the journey.