Marseille to Paris by train

How to take a rail journey from Marseille to Paris

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

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Routes

Option 1: taking the regular InOui trains

Travel Information

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

Tickets

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:

Train 1:
Depart: Marseille St Charles at 11:10
Arrive: Lyon Part-Dieu at 14:40

Train 2:
Depart: Lyon Part-Dieu at 15:16
Arrive: Paris Bercy at 20:24

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
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

SaveATrain from €39

SaveATrain Guide

Download the SNCF Connect App from €39
Omio from €39

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Happyrail from €39

Happyrail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

RailEurope from €39

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed

Good to Know

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.

Journey description:

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.

Look out for the Sommet Aqueduct, which is on the left after Aix-en-Provence TGV Look out for the Sommet Aqueduct, which is on the left after Aix-en-Provence TGV
Crossing the Rhone River at more than 280 km/h Crossing the Rhone River at more than 280 km/h
Typical Provencal scenery that can be experienced on the first phase of the journey Typical Provencal scenery that can be experienced on the first phase of the journey

Option 2: Save money by taking the more basic Ouigo services

Travel Information

Final Destination: Paris Gare de Lyon

When making a train journey from Marseille to central Paris, you now have a choice of travelling by standard TGV InOui trains or by these Ougio trains.

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

Tickets

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:

  • Premiere/1st class tickets are not available.
  • Reservations are included when booking, as they are on the TGV InOui trains, but you can opt to pay additional fess, or book a more expensive type of ticket to select a specific seat (more info is available on the Ouigo 'Train Guide').
  • The more expensive type of tickets also include an additional luggage allowance, click the Ouigo 'Train Guide' to access more info on the luggage allowances on Ouigo trains; they're more restrictive than on a TGV InOui train.
  • You cannot book or collect tickets for Ouigo trains at stations.
  • The two key T&Cs of booking either of the two types of ticket available for journeys by Ouigo trains are:
  1. The tickets are not refundable.
  2. Exchanges to alternative departures are possible until 1 hour before the beginning of the boarding procedure, but they incur a fee of €10 per passenger, with any price difference between the old and new ticket(s) also added to this fee.

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

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €16

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

Ouigo from €16
Trainline from €16

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed

Good to Know

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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