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).
Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 160 km/h. Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.
Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.
The average journey time between Marseille and Montpellier is 2 hours and 42 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 24 trains per day travelling from Marseille to Montpellier. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Marseille to Montpellier departs at 05:03. The last train from Marseille to Montpellier departs at 20:21. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Marseille to Montpellier without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Marseille to Montpellier. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.