There's plenty to see in the south of France, and the ever-reliable French train service can help you travel around with ease. TER, Intercités and Renfe-SNCF trains can take you through beautiful countryside and coastal landscapes from Montpellier to Marseille in only an hour and a half.
Arriving in Marseille, France's second biggest city, you'll have a lot of options available to you. Catch a game at the Stade Vélodrome, watch boats and ships of all sizes sailing across the waters at the Vieux Port, or admire the inescapable beauty of the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde church.
Keep scrolling down for more details on this magical journey from Montpellier to Marseille.
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).
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 100 mph (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.
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 Montpellier to Marseille 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 Montpellier and Marseille is 1 hour and 53 minutes, with around 14 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 Montpellier to Marseille is 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Montpellier to Marseille can start from as little as €9 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 Montpellier to Marseille without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Montpellier to Marseille each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Montpellier to Marseille leaves at 05:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Montpellier to Marseille leaves at 20:57. 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 Montpellier to Marseille cover a distance of around 77 miles (124 km) during the journey.