The view of Beziers from the left of the train

Marseille to Béziers / Beziers by train

How to take the train from Marseille to Beziers

There is a choice of train services when taking a train from Marseille to Béziers.
The express trains, the Intercités trains and the AVE train heading for Spain, are not only faster, they can be cheaper too, if you can book ahead of the travel date.
Though when the discounted tickets have sold out, or if you will be booking walk-up tickets at the station, the slightly slower TER trains become the cheaper option.
If you will be making this journey with an InterRail or Eurail pass, you can save €10 by taking the TER trains.

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Routes

Option 1: taking the express trains

Journey Summary

Travel Time
2hr 15min - 2hr 25min (appox)
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Final Destination: Bordeaux (the IC trains); Madrid (the RENFE-SNCF train)

These trains also call at: Nimes and Montpellier

The train service between Marseilles and Béziers is split between:

  • express Intercités trains.
  • a daily RENFE-SNCF train (a Spanish high-speed train which will be heading to Spain)
  • regional TER trains

Though despite this there are fewer trains between Marseille and the Occitanie region than you might expect, so even if you will be buying tickets last minute, look up this journey online before heading to the station.

Intercités:
Mon - Fri = 5 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 4 x trains per day

RENFE-SNCF:
1 x train per day from April 9th

Tickets

Booking tickets in advance:

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date.

The train service between Marseilles and Béziers is split between these express trains and an alternative service of TER trains.

If you're booking ahead and the limited numbers of discounted tickets for these Intercités trains are still available; they can be more than €20 cheaper than the TER trains.
In contrast the alternative TER trains have a fixed price, so you won't save by booking the TER trains online.
So if you're booking ahead and the departure times suit, target these Intercités trains, they're faster and can be cheaper.

(Though tickets are much less likely to be discounted for the RENFE-SNCF train. therefore that train tends to be the most expensive option on this route

However, when the discounted tickets for these express trains have sold out, the TER trains are then the least expensive option, but only by around €4.

Booking tickets at the station:

If you will be booking last minute at the station then the alternative TER trains will be cheaper.

Although, as the difference in price is only around €4, it makes sense to take the next available train; particularly as the overall train service between Marseille and Beziers isn't particularly frequent.

Rail Pass users:

If you will be travelling in France with a Eurail or InterRail pass you will save €10 by avoiding these trains and taking those TER trains instead.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Oui.SNCF *

Oui.SNCF 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.

Though a legacy of when SNCF sold international tickets under the Rail Europe branding is that OuiSNCF is available in multiple translations with the offerings on the site then tailored to international visitors to France.
However, some of the site's features, including the integration of mobility assistance into the booking path, are only available on the French language version.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF 'My Travel' phone app, so it's therefore often a good idea to book on the OuiSNCF mobile service.

Download the Oui.SNCF app *
Trainline *

Trainline Guide

RailEurope *
Saveatrain *

Saveatrain Guide

On this journey

Good to Know

The RENE-SNCF train, which will be resuming on April 9th, is typically the first departure of the day and it is around 10 mins faster than the Intercités trains, as it takes the high speed line between Marseille and Nimes.
Though it also tends to be the most expensive option on this route.

Option 2: taking the regional trains

Journey Summary

Travel Time
2hr 47min - 3hr 9min (approx)
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Final Destination: Narbonne or Perpignan

These trains also call at: Nimes and Montpellier

The train service between Marseilles and Béziers comprises these TER trains and faster express train service, which comprises a mix of Intercités services and the daily high speed train which will be heading to Spain.

If you can book ahead, you can make a substantial saving, by targeting the Intercités trains.

Though there are fewer trains between Marseille and Languedoc than you might expect, so even if you will be buying tickets last minute, look up this journey online before heading to the station.

3 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: No (not on these TER trains)

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.

If you're booking ahead and the limited numbers of discounted tickets for the alternative express trains, particularly the Intercites trains are still available, they can be more than €20 cheaper than these TER trains**.

In contrast these TER trains have a fixed price - so you won't save by booking the TER trains online.
However, when those discounted tickets for the IC trains have sold out, these TER trains are then cheaper; but only by around €4.

So if you will be booking last minute at the station, then these TER trains will be cheaper.
Although, as the difference in price compared to the express trains will only be around €4, it makes sense to take the next available train, particularly as the overall service isn't particularly frequent.

Rail pass users should take these TER trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Oui.SNCF *

Oui.SNCF 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.

Though a legacy of when SNCF sold international tickets under the Rail Europe branding is that OuiSNCF is available in multiple translations with the offerings on the site then tailored to international visitors to France.
However, some of the site's features, including the integration of mobility assistance into the booking path, are only available on the French language version.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF 'My Travel' phone app, so it's therefore often a good idea to book on the OuiSNCF mobile service.

On this journey

Good to Know

The first of these direct TER trains is typically scheduled to depart from Marseille after 12:15, so if you'll want to head off in the morning you'll need to either take an express train, or by the TER train, which departs around 08:20 and then make a connection in Montpellier.

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