You can only take high speed trains from Marseille to Paris, but both the regular TGV InOui services and low-cost, but more basic, Ouigo services share the route.
It's particularly worthwhile to click on the Train Guides below so that you can compare the two train services.
However, if you need to arrive at a specific time you will often have to take one train service or the other.
The Ouigo services can plug gaps between the TGV InOui departures
Final Destination: Paris Gare De Lyon
All trains also call at: Avignon TGV and Aix-en-Provence TGV; (the non-stop Marseille to Paris services have been removed from the current timetable),.
Mon - Thursday = 10 x trains per day
Friday = 9 x trains
Saturday = 8 x trains
Sunday = 10 x trains
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date on these TGVInOui services, but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.
The train service between Marseille and Paris is now split between these TGV-InOui services and alternative Ouigo services.
Both services can be compared and booked on SNCF Connect and Trainline, though those Ouigo services are usually more than 50% cheaper on this route.
Booking these InOui services:
Discounted Prems tickets are made available on these TGV InOui trains, but you need to book ahead to obtain them at cheapest possible price
Seat reservations are complimentary on these TGV InOui services, and you can choose the location of your seat and in what part of the train you want to travel by; including opting for the lower or upper decks.
Travelling with Eurail and InterRail passes:
Rail pass users will need to pay a rail pass reservation fee before boarding these trains.
Rail passes cannot be used on the Ouigo trains, but if you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, our guide to using rail passes in France, explains why taking a Ouigo train can be worth considering.
Or if you have a rail pass and want to avoid paying the reservation fees or booking separate tickets, the alternative routing is:
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €39|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €39|
When making a train journey from Marseille to central Paris, you now have a choice of travelling by these standard TGV InOui services or by alternative low-cost, but more basic Ouigo services.
Also if you want to set off from Marseille in the late morning, two Ouigo departures plug a three hour gap in the departures of these InOui services between 09:02 and 12:02.
These TGV InOui trains travel on to the high speed line around 10 mins into the journey and then don't leave it until it reaches the outskirts of Paris.
Most of the wow factor comes from travelling at more than 285 km/h for most of the journey, but the first 45 mins of the journey is the most scenic.
Final Destination: Paris Gare de Lyon
So you can now opt to save money, but have a much more basic on board experience, and travel on a Ouigo.
Also if you want to set off from Marseille in the late morning, two Ouigo departures plug a three hour gap in the departures of those InOui services between 09:02 and 12:02.
3 x trains per day
Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
Tickets for the alternative service of TGV InOui trains are usually made available 4 months ahead, so if you look up this journey more than 4 months ahead on SNCF Connect, you may only see these Ouigo services, but they are not the only option on this route.
What is particularly worth being aware of when booking tickets for journeys by Ouigo train services, is that:
Though these factors, and more, are why you can make big savings by opting to travel by these Ouigo trains and not on the standard TGV InOui trains.
Eurail and InterRail Pass Users:
Rail passes cannot be used on Ouigo trains, but if you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, our guide to using rail passes in France, explains why taking a Ouigo train can be worth considering
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €16|
If you do opt to travel from Paris to Marseille by these Ouigo trains, you should aim to be at St.Charles station, 30 mins before the train is due to depart.
And that's because you need to pass through 'reception' before boarding a Ouigo train; staff need to verify that all passengers are abiding by the 'rules' of travelling on a Ouigo train, no additional un-booked luggage, no bikes etc.
These Ouigo trains travel on the same high speed line between Marseille and Paris which those alternative TGV InOui trains services take.
So you should be travelling at more than 270 km/h for more than 90% of this journey.
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