Final Destination: Bordeaux or Toulouse
All trains also call at: Narbonne and Carcassonne
Mon - Friday = 7 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 6 x trains per day
(the usual final departure of the day doesn't operate at weekends)
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion.
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 Intercités trains.
The price is dictated by demand per departure, so book ahead and try and be flexible re: your departure and arrival times, as trains leaving earlier or later can be cheaper.
Expect to pay more for this journey between the beginning of June and mid-September, particularly if you will be travelling on a Friday or Saturday, as the most heavily discounted tickets inevitably sell out faster at times of particularly high demand.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|SNCF Connect||from €20|
|Download the SNCF Connect App||from €20|
Some of the trains on the Marseille to Toulouse route used to be faster than others by making only one intermediate call in Montpellier, but now all the trains have similar journey times.
This is a pleasant journey, with some sporadic nice views.
If your reserved seat is on the left, there are some nice coastal views over Marseille as the train departs the city.
Then between Montpellier and Narbonne the train follows the coast, the Mediterranean is on the left, but the train passes a series of lagoons and these are best appreciated if you are sat on the right.
Between Narbonne and Toulouse, the train takes a path through a typically French rural landscape, look out for the many river crossings.
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