The direct train from Marseille to Nantes is only available at weekends.
Final Destination: Nantes
These trains will also call at: Massy TGV and Le Mans and Angers-St Laud
This train usually departs from Marseille on Saturdays and Sundays only at 14:35.
On Monday to Friday:
If you want to take this journey on a Monday to Friday there are two travel options usually available.
(1) Depart Marseille at 14:35 on a train to Le Mans, where a 15 min connection will typically be available into a TER train which will be heading on to Nantes.
(2) Travel via Paris by taking a train from Marseille to the Gare De Lyon, and then another TGV train from the Gare Montparnasse to Nantes.
The optimum route between the two Paris rail terminals is to Metro Line 14 (direction Olympiades) to Bercy and then transfer there to Metro line 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Etoile).
There are several options for making the transfer from Gare De Lyon to Montparnasse, but this option has 3 advantages:
Saturday and Sundays
1 x train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date.
When booking 2nd class tickets only one type of ticket will be available per departure, discounted 'Prems' tickets or 'Seconde' tickets; though the price of Seconde tickets are also typically cheaper when they are first placed on sale.
When booking 1st class tickets there will be a choice of Premiere tickets and Business Premiere tickets.
The two key T&Cs of booking Prems, Seconde, or Premiere tickets are:
Though if you book Business Premiere tickets, the key T&Cs are that tickets can be exchanged and refunded free of charge up to 30 minutes after departure, so if you get to the station just too late to miss the train you were originally booked on to, you won't lose out financially.
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 these TGV trains.
Though if you are happy to travel via Paris and make the connection between the Gare De Lyon and the Gare Montparnasse, you can usually save money by taking that route.
So if you want to see those alternative options, leave the 'Direct Trains' box un-ticked.
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On departure this train will be joined to another train heading to Rennes for the journey between Marseille and Le Mans.
Check the coach number on your ticket, your seat will be located in a coach that's heading to Nantes.
So when taking this train at Marseille St Charles, you will also see a train on the departure screens heading to Rennes, leaving at the same time and departing from the same voie/track as this train heading for Nantes.
The train will spend 90% of the journey on high speed lines, the only significant part of the journey that isn't high speed is the comparatively slow passage through the suburbs to the south of Paris.
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