The voie/platforms under the roof at Toulouse Matabiau

Marseille to Toulouse by train

How to take the rail journey from Marseilles to Toulouse

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From Marseille-Saint-Charles to Toulouse-Matabiau

Travel Information

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)

Tickets

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:

  1. Up until two days prior to departure, these types of tickets can be refunded for no additional charge (big tick), but a €15 fee will be payable for making a refund in the two days prior to departure.
  2. It's also possible to exchange tickets to an alternative departure on the same journey, but you will have to pay any difference in price between the cost you paid and the cost at the time of the exchange.

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €20

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

Download the SNCF Connect App from €20
Saveatrain from €20

Saveatrain Guide

RailEurope from €20
Trainline from €20

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Good to Know

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.

Heading across the countryside after departure from Narbonne Heading across the countryside after departure from Narbonne
Departing from Carcassonne Departing from Carcassonne

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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