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Marseille to Frankfurt by train

How to take the rail journey from Marseille to Frankfurt (Main)

Ride the only direct train from the south of France to Germany, travelling overnight is not an option on this route.

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Routes

From Marseille-Saint-Charles to Frankfurt Main Hbf

Travel Information

Final Destination: Francfort (French spelling)

The train also calls at: Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe and Mannheim

The train is usually scheduled to depart from Marseille between 08:05 and 08:15.

It is due to arrive in Frankfurt (Main) at 16:01; where particularly convenient connections will be available on to Wien/Vienna, Hamburg and Munchen/Munich.

1 x train per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

The train is usally scheduled to depart from Marseille between 08:05 and 08:15, so target that time when looking up this journey.

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.

It can be particularly worthwhile comparing the prices between booking agents for this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €39

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

SNCF Connect from €39

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

Download the SNCF Connect App from €39
RailEurope from €39
Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial)

Good to Know

The train will reverse direction on departure from Strasbourg.

It's not a particularly scenic journey, so having something to watch or read with you is recommended - the only wow factor on this trip comes from the speed.

The train will travel on four high speed lines:

  • From the outskirts of Marseille to the suburbs of Lyon
  • From Lyon to Macon
  • It travels the full length of the LGV Rhin-Rhone
  • Then on a short stretch of high speed route between Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe.

The train will travel particularly slowly between Strasbourg and the German high speed route, but in some ways this is the most interesting part of the trip, see if you can spot when the train crosses the border.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Strasbourg.

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