There is a choice of train services when taking a train from Marseille to Nîmes.
The express trains, the Intercités trains, 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.
Final Destination: Bordeaux (the IC trains) and Madrid (the RENFE-SNCF train
The train service between Marseilles and Nines is split between:
Though 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.
Mon - Fri = 7 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 6 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date.
If you're booking ahead and the limited number of discounted tickets for these IC trains are still available, they can be more than €10 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.
Though Rail pass users should take the TER trains.
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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.
Final Destination: Narbonne or Perpignan or Montpellier
The train service between Marseilles and Montpellier is split between these TER trains and faster express Intercités services.
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
Book early and save: No (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 they can be more than €10 cheaper than these TER trains.
These TER trains have a fixed price, so 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.
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 is comparatively minor 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.
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There are fewer direct trains between Marseille and the Occitanie region than you might suppose, so even if you will be buying tickets last minute, look up this journey online before heading to the station.
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