A view of the main entrance to Montpellier St-Roch station on Place Auguste Gilbert

Marseille to Montpellier by train

How to take a train from Marseille to Montpellier

There is a choice of train services when taking a train from Marseille to Montpellier.
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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Option 1: taking the express trains

Travel Information

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

These trains also call at: Nimes

The train service between Marseilles and Montpellier 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 = 7 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 6 x trains per day

RENFE-SNCF:
1 x train per day (should be resuming Apr 9th)

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

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

When looking for tickets on Oui.SNCF tick the 'direct trains' box -on Trainline tick the 'fastest journeys' box.

If you're booking ahead and the limited number of discounted tickets for these IC and RENFE-SNCF trains are still available - they can be more than €15 cheaper than the alternative TER trains.
So if you're booking ahead target these express trains, they're faster and can be cheaper.

If you will be booking at the station on the day of travel then those TER trains will be cheaper, but as the difference in price is only around €4, it makes sense to take the next available train, particularly as the service isn't particularly frequent, no matter what train you will be taking.

Rail pass users should only take the TER trains, thereby avoiding the €10 rail pass reservation fees payable on these trains, for such a comparatively short journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect *

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 *
Saveatrain *

Saveatrain Guide

RailEurope *
Trainline *

Trainline 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 TER trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Narbonne or Perpignan or Montpellier

These trains also call at: Nimes

The train service between Marseilles and Montpellier is split between these TER trains and faster express train services, 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.

Mon-Fri = 5 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 4 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 €25 cheaper than these TER trains.

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

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 service isn't particularly frequent, no matter what train you will be taking.

Rail pass users should take these TER trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect *

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

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