Marseille is France’s second city. The European Capital of Culture in 2013, Marseille is in the Bouches-du-Rhone department in Provence.
Marseille Tourist website
Paris to Marseille by Train
The TGV trains to Marseille Saint Charles station leave from Paris Gare de Lyon (20 boulevard Diderot, Paris 12) all through the day.
Metro lines to and from Gare de Lyon
- Ligne 1 – La Defence to Chateau de Vincennes
- Ligne 14 – Saint Lazare to Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand
TGV trains to Marseille station
- Paris to Marseille station in 3hrs 09 mins.
- Lille (which connects with Eurostar) to Marseille station in 4 hrs 46 mins.
- Charles de Gaulle Airport to Marseille station in 3 hrs 50 mins.
Other connections to Marseille by TGV
- Popular direct connections include Avignon, east directly along the Cote d’Azur to Nice, Lyon, and Toulouse.
- Marseille has good high-speed links TER (non TGV) with major French cities such as Aix-en-Provence, Narbonne, Toulon and Nantes. See the major TER services on the TER website.
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Getting to Marseille by planeMarseille-Provence Airport is 20 km (12 miles) north west of Marseille. It’s a major airport with national and international flights, including New York and London.
MP2 is the connected airport for cheapflights. A shuttle bus taking 5 minutes connects the two.
La Navette shuttle coaches run regularly to St-Charles railway station taking about 25 minutes.
Destinations include Paris, Lyon, Nantes and Strasbourg; Brussels; London, Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford; Morocco; Algeria; Madeira; Munich and Rotterdam.
Getting to Marseille by carParis to Marseille is 775 kms (482 miles) taking around 7 hours depending on your speed. There are tolls on the autoroutes. Marseille is easily accessible as three motorways linking Spain, Italy and Northern Europe intersect at Marseille.
For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.
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Getting from London to Paris
- By train (Eurostar)
Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
By bus/coach Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
Eurolines website for French travel
IDBus also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.