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Travelling by train from Paris to Marseille

Planning to take the train from Paris to Marseille? Start your journey with us.

The train from Paris to Marseille usually takes 3h 40m, but can take just 3h 4m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with one of SNCF's TGV trains. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Travel in TGV First Class if you want to enjoy wider comfortable seating options, including solo seats or a separate lounge for up to 8 people. Once you’ve passed the outskirts of Paris, the route to Marseille is a scenic one. Although it will be whizzing past at up to 320 km/h (198 mph), you can admire changing countryside and even mountains once you pass Lyon during your journey. Then after arriving in Marseille, you can be wandering along the Old Port or taking a tour of MuCEM – the first French museum dedicated to the Mediterranean – both just minutes from Marseille St Charles station.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Marseille in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Paris to Marseille by train

It takes an average of 3h 45m to travel from Paris to Marseille by train, over a distance of around 410 miles (660 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Paris to Marseille and tickets for this journey start from £14.40 when you book in advance.

First train

06:02

Last train

21:00

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

Marseille

Journey time

From 3h 5m

Distance

410 miles (660 km)

Frequency

21 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £14.40

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Paris to Marseille train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Marseille for Tuesday 12th March 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:37 11:57 3h 20m, direct
09:09 12:14 3h 5m, direct
09:37 12:56 3h 19m, direct
10:37 13:56 3h 19m, direct
11:33 15:00 3h 27m, direct
13:09 16:14 3h 5m, direct
13:37 16:58 3h 21m, direct
14:00 17:50 3h 50m, 1 change
14:38 18:00 3h 22m, direct
15:37 19:08 3h 31m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and SNCF trains from Paris to Marseille

You can travel from Paris to Marseille on TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and 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.

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

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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.

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).

TGV INOUI, OUIGO and INTERCITÉS classes from Paris to Marseille

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI, OUIGO and INTERCITÉS when travelling from Paris to Marseille.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI, OUIGO and INTERCITÉS

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

LuggageLuggageLuggage

On TGV INOUI services, there's no weight limit for your luggage - you can travel your way! However, remember that your suitcases, overnight bags and rucksacks can't be larger than 130 x 90 cm, and you must be able to carry them and store them in the dedicated luggage racks on board by yourself. All luggage must be labelled before being stored.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar carriage offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in carriage 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer to whet your appetite.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.

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If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

LuggageLuggageLuggage

One piece of hand luggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in coach 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 per ticket for all journeys.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.

PetPetPets

Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you want on INTERCITÉS trains, whether that's a suitcase, overnight bag or a backpack - just make sure that each piece of luggage is no taller than 130cm and no wider than 90cm. You must be able to carry all your luggage yourself. All luggage must be labelled before you hop on board the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You can treat yourself without leaving your seat on INTERCITÉS trains, as there's an at-seat food and drink service. Discover the INTERCITÉS menu 'Nos Territoires Gourmands' and enjoy high-quality, local products. This service is only available on the following routes: Paris - Clermont-Ferrance, Paris - Toulouse, Bordeaux - Marseille, Paris - Briançon (night INTERCITÉS train), Paris - Toulouse (night train), Paris - Lourdes (night train), Paris - Nice (night train).

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Free WiFi is available on some INTERCITÉS services. Kick back and relax with free WiFi on the following routes: Paris-Clermont-Ferrand, Paris-Limoges-Toulouse, Marseille-Bordeaux and Paris-Briançon. On overnight trains, you can connect to free WiFi on the Paris - Nice and Paris - Briançon routes.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand luggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket for an additional fee.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board INTERCITÉS trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on INTERCITÉS services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a lead. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Marseille

The price of train tickets from Paris to Marseille starts at £14.40 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 Paris 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 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.

Boarding the train from Paris to Marseille

How to get to Paris Gare de Lyon train station

To get to Paris Gare de Lyon station, you can use public transport:

  • Metro lines: 1, 14
  • RER: RER A, RER D
  • Bus RATP: 24, 29, 57, 61, 63, 72, 77, 87, 91
  • Coaches and night buses: N01, N02, N11, N16, N31, N32, N33, N34, N35

Paris Gare de Lyon station is accessible by public transport from other Parisian train stations and Paris airports.

Arriving at Marseille Saint-Charles station from Paris

Marseille Saint-Charles station is located at Square Narvik and is open every day from 04:30 to 01:05, except on Friday when it closes at 01:30. Here’s how you can get from Marseille Saint-Charles station to various parts of the city:

  • The Old Port: On foot, it takes around 21 minutes. On public transport, it takes around 16 minutes with Metro line 1.
  • The Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde: Public transport will take less than 30 minutes to reach the city's famous cathedral from the train station. To walk, allow about 40 minutes.
  • The beach: From the station, the closest beach is probably the Catalans, located not far from the Old Port. To get there, you can take the Metro line 1 and then bus 83 (only 24 minutes).

Public transport that serves Marseille Saint-Charles station:

  • Metro lines: M1, M2
  • Buses: 33, 34, 49, 52, 56, 82S
  • Night buses: 521, 533, 582
  • Intercity buses: 34, 50, 51, 53, 64, 88, 89, 91
  • International buses: Flixbus, BlaBlaCar bus
  • Shuttles: shuttles from Marseille-Provence and Aix airports.

Train stations between Paris and Marseille by train

On your way from Paris to Marseille, your train may stop at some of the best cities and towns in France, such as:

Things to see and do in Marseille

Situated in southern France, Marseille is one of the oldest cities in France and Europe. Whether you want to explore or relax, Marseille is a fantastic city for all travellers and home to a historic port and towering basilica.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Paris 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 Paris to Marseille take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Marseille is 3 hours and 45 minutes, with around 21 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 Paris and Marseille by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Marseille is 3 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Marseille cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Marseille can start from as little as £14.40 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 Paris to Marseille?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Marseille without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Paris 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 Paris to Marseille leave?

The first train from Paris to Marseille leaves at 06:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Marseille leaves at 21:00. 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 Paris and Marseille by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Marseille cover a distance of around 410 miles (660 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Marseille to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Marseille.

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