Lyon to Toulon by train

How to take the rail journey from Lyon to Toulon



From Lyon Part-Dieu to Toulon

Journey Summary

Travel Time
2hr 42min - 2hr 50min
Travel Information

Final Destination: Nice

All trains also call at: Marseille where they reverse direction.

The Corsican Ferries depart from the Gare Maritime and bus line 3 (direction Mourillion) links the station to the ferry port; the buses are frequent during the day and the journey only takes 10 mins.

3  x trains per day
Up to four other connections per day as possible if you are prepared to change trains.
So our recommendation is to make sure you're not targeting only the direct trains, when looking up this journey on the ticketing websites.


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion

Expect to pay more for this journey between the beginning of June and mid-September, particularly if you will be travelling on a Friday or Saturday.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding -more info is available on our guide to using rail passes in France.

There are also other alternative connections between Lyon and Toulon that involve changing trains at Marseille St Charles, but taking the direct trains is generally cheaper.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €29

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

Rail Europe from €29

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

The alternative Ouigo connections:

If you are happy to:

  • accept the more basic service available on the Ouigo trains
  • take the Rhone-Express tram to the station at St Exupery Airport
  • And be at the station at least 20 mins before your train departs

there are now also two daily Ouigo departures between Lyon and Toulon.

As the train begins to leave Marseille behind the coast comes into view As the train begins to leave Marseille behind the coast comes into view
Arriving in Toulon Arriving in Toulon

This a journey of two distinct phases, between Lyon and the suburbs of Marseille, the trains will travel at up to 285 km/h on the high speed line.

Then between Marseille and Toulon from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) there are some sea views as the train nears Toulon.

These trains will reverse direction on departure from Marseille St Charles.

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