France's national rail service SNCF runs a direct Intercités train from Toulouse to Marseille seven times a day, covering the 200-mile journey through the evocative Provencal landscape in a bit under four hours. Not quite as rapid as their flagship high-speed TGV, but still with a fair lick of speed, plus plenty of amenities to make your journey comfortable, such as play areas for children and quiet zones for people who want to catch some shut-eye.
Given the distance, it might seem tempting to go by air, but a plane to Marseille Provence airport will land you 17 miles outside the city. Conversely, once you disembark at Marseille Saint-Charles station, you can go straight to exploring France's largest Mediterranean port. Then after a few hours of shopping in the Centre Bourse or visiting the city's wealth of Romanesque and Baroque architecture, you can always head to the waterfront cafes of the Vieux Port for a hearty dish of bouillabaisse, Marseille's famous fish stew.
Take a look at our useful journey information below and you'll have everything you need to ensure your travels in the south of France go without a hitch.
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.
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 Toulouse 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 Toulouse and Marseille is 4 hours and 42 minutes, with around 9 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 Toulouse to Marseille is 3 hours and 43 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Toulouse to Marseille can start from as little as €20 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 Toulouse to Marseille without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Toulouse to Marseille each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Toulouse to Marseille leaves at 05:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Toulouse to Marseille leaves at 19:46. 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 Toulouse to Marseille cover a distance of around 198 miles (319 km) during the journey.