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How to take the journey by train from Lyon to Marseille

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Lyon to Marseille by train

When taking a train from Lyon to Marseille there is a choice between:

(1) Taking TGV trains, which use the high speed line between the two cities.

  1. Taking less frequent TER trains which are also slower because they don't use the high speed line.
    But if the timings suit and you'll be booking tickets last minute at the station they will be cheaper.
    Or if you will be travelling with a rail pass, you can avoid the rail pass reservation fees payable on the TGVs by taking these trains instead.

Routes you can take to go from Lyon to Marseille

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the TGV trains
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 43min - 1hr 49min (approx)



Travel Info

Monday - Thursday = 12 x trains per day
Friday = 14 x trains
Saturday = 13 x trains
Sunday = 12 x trains

Route Information

Option 2: taking the TER trains
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