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Travelling by Train from Montpellier to Marseille

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.

Montpellier to Marseille by train

It takes an average of 1h 53m to travel from Montpellier to Marseille by train, over a distance of around 77 miles (124 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Montpellier to Marseille and tickets for this journey start from €9 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 31m
Price€9 - €126.70
Distance77 miles (124 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
Departure stationMontpellier
Arrival stationMarseille
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCF, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus, Renfe-SNCF, ALSA

Montpellier to Marseille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Montpellier to Marseille for Tuesday 1st Dec 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:35 09:34 1h 59m, direct
08:57 10:28 1h 31m, direct
10:57 12:28 1h 31m, direct
11:30 14:25 2h 55m, 1 change
12:57 14:39 1h 42m, direct
13:09 15:45 2h 36m, 2 changes
14:57 16:28 1h 31m, direct
15:35 17:34 1h 59m, direct
16:57 18:28 1h 31m, direct
17:34 19:36 2h 02m, direct

TER, SNCF, Intercités and Renfe-SNCF trains from Montpellier to Marseille

You can travel from Montpellier to Marseille on TER, SNCF, Intercités and Renfe-SNCF 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.

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Montpellier to Marseille

Train tickets from Montpellier to Marseille start at €9 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €35.90.
lowest price found
from9
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price32.73
on the day
avg. single price35.90

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 Montpellier to Marseille 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Montpellier to Marseille? 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 Montpellier to Marseille take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Montpellier and Marseille by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Montpellier to Marseille is 1 hour and 31 minutes.

How much does the train from Montpellier to Marseille cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Montpellier to Marseille?

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.

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

The first train from Montpellier to Marseille leaves at 05:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

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

Trains travelling from Montpellier to Marseille cover a distance of around 77 miles (124 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Marseille to Montpellier. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Montpellier to Marseille.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Montpellier to Marseille for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/12/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 23/11/2020 for travel on 17/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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