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About Marseille

Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second-largest city after Paris. Although this ancient port town may seem lacking glamour and sophistication, Marseille makes up for this through its cultural depth and rich history.

One of the most popular attractions in Marseille is the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. This 19th-century cathedral sits on a hill overlooking the city and can be reached either by regular buses or on foot. If you make the climb, your rewards will be impressive views of Marseille and an awe-inspiring mosaic interior. Thanks to a recent cultural renaissance, Marseille is also home to many new museums and galleries. The Musée d'Histoire de Marseille guides you through the city's rich maritime history and includes exhibitions on the cathedral's construction. The Mucem, or Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, is an award-winning modern institution devoted to regional history.

After a day of exploring the city, spend a relaxing evening on one of the nearby picturesque Mediterranean beaches, or wander through the Vieux Port for exceptional photo opportunities and authentic local seafood restaurants.

Marseille is easily accessible via plane, train, bus, or sea. Marseille-Provence International Airport is only 30km from the city, with many shuttle services offering direct transfer. TGV services connect Marseille by rail to cities across the country and to Spain, as well. Eurolines and other buses cover routes from Marseille to Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Genoa, and more.

Station Information

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The Marseille-St-Charles Station is the primary train and intercity bus station in Marseille. The station sits atop a small hill; to access it from the center of Marseille, climb up the iconic Escalier Gare Saint-Charles, a large flight of stairs. Marseille-St-Charles is the southern terminus of the Paris-Marseille railway and the western terminus of the Marseille-Ventimiglia railway, both operated by TGV. Eurostar, Thalys, and local services operate additional routes. Inside the expansive station, you will find a variety of shops, cafes, and waiting areas.

Popular train stations in Marseille:

  • Marseille-St-Charles

What train companies travel to Marseille, France?

Located in France, Marseille is accessible by train from 17 other cities. You can choose from 98 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Marseille on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Ferry tickets to Marseille are also available. Bus trips to Marseille are yet another option .

Train companies serving Marseille

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn1610h 27m$151.37
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company910h 58m$148.12
DB Intercity-Express412h 42m$145.71
Non-federally owned railway company18h 1m$135.51

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Marseille?

$81.98 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Marseille, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Marseille. In the last month, trains from Frankfurt to Marseille had the lowest average price at $97.65.

Where is the train station in Marseille, France?

The main train station in Marseille is Marseille-St-Charles. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Marseille.

What is the closest airport to Marseille?

The closest airport to Marseille is Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), it is located 12.4 miles from the city center of Marseille.

Is Marseille a popular train travel destination?

It also ranks number 19 in France. Marseille ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Marseille via train service. On average 1 direct daily train trips serve Marseille.

How much do train tickets to Marseille cost?

Train tickets to Marseille range from for a short trip to Marseille, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Marseille starts at , and a longer trip by train to Marseille can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as .

What train station is located closest to the city center of Marseille?

The closest train station to the city center of Marseille is Marseille-St-Charles, located just 0.8 miles away. Select Marseille-St-Charles as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Marseille. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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