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Take the train from Marseille to Madrid in 8 hours 21 minutes

If you want to travel from Marseille to Madrid by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Marseille to Madrid by train to take around 14 hours 11 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 8 hours 21 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 4 trains per day running on this route, which spans 507 miles (816 km). You’ll usually have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Madrid, though there is one direct train every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (starting 28th July 2023).

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. 

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Marseille to Madrid direct from €29 *

¡Hola Madrid! Head to Spain with Renfe – from 28th July 2023, you’ll be able to go direct from Marseille to Madrid on a high-speed AVE train on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. With tickets from €29, say adiós to flying and hop on a Renfe train to Spain. You’ll get free WiFi, comfortable seats and even air-conditioning – travel from Marseille to Madrid stress-free and in style.

* Prices subject to availability. 

Marseille to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 10h 49m to travel from Marseille to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 507 miles (816 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from Marseille to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from £66.52 when you book in advance.

First train

08:04

Last train

15:27

Departure station

Marseille

Arrival station

Madrid

Journey time

From 7h 41m

Distance

507 miles (816 km)

Frequency

4 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £66.52

Train and bus operators

BlaBlaCar Bus, Renfe, Flixbus

Marseille to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Marseille to Madrid for Thursday 25th April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:04 Marseille St-Charles15:45 Madrid Atochaave 9730 Get tickets7h 41m, direct
11:22 Marseille St-Charles19:45 Madrid Atocha4760 SNCF Get tickets8h 23m, 2 changes
13:29 Marseille St-Charles22:40 Madrid Atocha4762 SNCF Get tickets9h 11m, 2 changes
15:27 Marseille St-Charles08:28 Madrid Atocha4764 SNCF Get tickets17h 1m, 2 changes

Renfe and AVE trains from Marseille to Madrid

You can travel from Marseille to Madrid on Renfe and AVE 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.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

AVE classes from Marseille to Madrid

Compare the different travel classes offered by AVE when travelling from Marseille to Madrid.

Onboard services on AVE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Marseille to Madrid.

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With AVE, you can travel with up to 3 pieces of luggage that do not exceed 290 cm and 25 kg. In total, the maximum measurements of each piece of luggage are 85 x 55 x 35 cm. Musical instruments also count as hand luggage as long as they do not exceed the dimensions 30 x 120 x 38 cm and are stored in a case.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

If you’d like to stretch your legs and grab a coffee during your journey, AVE trains have an onboard bar carriage serving drinks and snacks. If you’d prefer to stay in your seat, AVE staff sell food and drinks from a trolley that will pass through the train during the journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On AVE trains, you can take advantage of PlayRenfe – their free WiFi and entertainment service. Giving you access to exclusive content and fast connection speeds, PlayRenfe can be downloaded from the app store on your phone. Once you’re connected, you can access the PlayRenfe portal, where you’ll find exclusive live sport, news, films and TV series.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 3 years old travel for free with AVE, as long as they do not occupy a seat and have their free child ticket. Children from 3 to 14 years old can take advantage of a 40% discount on ticket prices.

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On all AVE trains, each passenger can take one bicycle or scooter on board, as long as it’s folded and carried inside a case. Also, the pedals must be removed and handlebars turned 90 degrees. Lastly, if the sum of the dimensions of the case is less than 180cm, it is considered as hand luggage. However, if it’s bigger, it will be considered as special luggage (max dimensions 120 x 90 x 40 cm).

PetPetPets

With AVE, you can travel with a pet as long as it weighs no more than 10 kg and travels inside a cage or carrier (60 x 35 x 35 cm). Your pet must have their own pet ticket, unless you’re travelling with a Premium ticket, in which case the pet ticket is free. Guide and assistance dogs travel for free.

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AVE offer a free assistance and care service for people with reduced mobility. To request the service, passengers should contact AVE directly.

Cheap train tickets from Marseille to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Marseille to Madrid starts at £66.52 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Marseille to Madrid 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 Marseille to Madrid? 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 Marseille to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Marseille and Madrid is 10 hours and 49 minutes, with around 4 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 Marseille and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Marseille to Madrid is 7 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Marseille to Madrid cost?

Train ticket prices from Marseille to Madrid can start from as little as £66.52 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.

Is there a direct train from Marseille to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Marseille to Madrid without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Marseille to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Marseille to Madrid leaves at 08:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Marseille to Madrid leaves at 15:27. 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.

What's the distance between Marseille and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Marseille to Madrid cover a distance of around 507 miles (816 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Marseille.

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