You don't have to make a cross Paris transfer when travelling from Brussels/Bruxelles to Marseille by train.
Direct TGV trains make use of the high speed route that was constructed to the east of the French capital so that they can travel at more than 250 km/h for virtually the entire journey between the cities.
Connections are available in Marseille for Cote d'Azur destinations including Antibes, Cannes and Nice; these towns and cities are no longer served by direct trains from Bruxelles.
You can avoid having to make the transfer across Paris from the Gare Du Nord to the Gare De Lyon by taking these direct trains from Bruxelles to Marseille
Final Destination: Marseille
All trains also call at: Aeroport CDG; Marne La Vallée; Lyon and Avignon TGV
Aim to be at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station a minimum of 15 - 20 mins before your train is due to depart.
You may have to pass through security checks before boarding these trains and queues can build up at busy times.
Mon-Fri: 2 x trains per day
Saturday: 3 x trains
Sunday: 2 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date
When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.
These trains are usually scheduled to depart from Bruxelles-Midi station at:
16:17 Saturdays only
So target these departure times when looking up this journey.
Using rail passes:
If you're planning to use a valid Eurail or InterRail pass to make this journey, more information is available on our guide to using rail passes on trains from Belgium.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €59|
|Save A Train||from €59|
|Happy rail||from €59|
The first departure of the day is faster, because the other trains divert off the direct route to call at Lille Europe station; where they reverse direction
Step on board for one of longest European train journeys, on which you will be travelling at more than 275 km/h on high speed lines, for virtually the entire train trip!
The train will move on to a high speed line around 10 mins after it has departed and won't leave it until around 5 mins before the train arrives in Marseille.
This video was captured north of Lyon;
And it is the speed which gives this journey its only wow factor, though if you can stay awake, the views from the window become more scenic the further the train travels south.
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