It’s no secret that the Italian port city of Genoa is something of a beauty spot. As such, it’s one of the top places to tour when in the area. Even across the border in France, it remains a popular destination for locals.
The train from Marseille to Genoa takes five and a half hours, requiring one change. Serviced by SNCF and Trenitalia trains, both offer a premium service, to ensure you arrive feeling refreshed and fully charged. That goes for electronic devices too, with plenty of power points and free WiFi to power up.
In Genoa, you can walk around the port, enjoy a glass of something chilled in a restaurant, or learn about its proud maritime past in the local museum. All can be found within minutes from Genoa train station.
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Thello, part of the Trenitalia Group, is an international railway service that connects France and Italy. Thello trains provide direct connections between Paris and Venice via Dijon, and Marseille and Milan via Nice. Trains between Paris and Venice are night/sleeper trains with three service levels. Choose either Standard shared berth compartments (4-6 berth), a standard bed cabin (1-3 people) which includes a welcome drink, breakfast, bed furnishings and a toiletry set, or treat yourself to a premium cabin (1-2 people) which feature a private bathroom with sink, shower and WC. Trains between Marseille and Milan offer Standard Class seating, as well as First Class, which has wider reclining seats for extra comfort.
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 to Genoa 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 and Genoa is 8 hours and 54 minutes, with around 11 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 to Genoa is 6 hours and 7 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Marseille to Genoa can start from as little as €25 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Marseille to Genoa. Travelling from Marseille to Genoa by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Marseille to Genoa leaves at 05:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Marseille to Genoa leaves at 20:27. 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 to Genoa cover a distance of around 193 miles (311 km) during the journey.