Trains to and from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
From Marseille Airport, passengers can reach the train stations by airport shuttle buses. There are two train stations nearby the airport, and they are the Marseille Provence Airport Train Station and the Marseille Saint-Charles Railway Station.
Marseille Provence Airport Train Station
The Marseille Airport Train Station is only 5 minutes from the airport by shuttle bus. The shuttle buses leave the airport from quay 2. Tickets can be purchased from the interactive booth at the airport.
At the airport train station, tickets can be bought from an interactive booth or from the ticket office.
Every day, there are 41 trains that operate from the Provence Airport station. Their destinations include Arles, Cavaillon, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nîmes, Salon and many more.
Marseille Saint-Charles Railway Station
Marseille Saint-Charles Railway Station is located near to Place des Marseillaises, and is easily accessed by shuttle bus from the airport. Shuttles buses leave Marseilles Airport for this train station every 20 minutes, and it is an approximately 25 minute bus ride.
Trains at Saint-Charles Station travel to all the major cities including Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Genoa and Geneva. Local trains run frequently along the CÙte d`Azure. Saint-Charles station is reached from mètro lines 1 and 2.
The buses at Saint-Charles station to Marseille Airport operate between the hours of 4:30 and 00:10, leaving every 20 minute. Make sure that you allow enough time for the train trip and the bus ride, to arrive in good time for your departure flight. Passengers should arrive 2-3 hours before an international flight and 1-2 hours earlier than a domestic departure.
High-speed TGV trains travel to Marseille Saint-Charles Station from Lyon and Paris. In Lyon, trains depart from Lyon Saint Exupery train station and reach Marseiles in about 1h30m – 1h45m. 8 TGV trains run from Lyon to Marseilles every day.
12 TGV trains travel from Paris to Marseilles every day from the Paris Gare de Lyon train station. This journey takes approximately three hours.
Taking the Train in France
The Railway network in France is managed by SNCF (the La Societé Nationale de Chemins de Fer Francais). Trains offer a very convenient and effective way to travel in Europe.
If you plan to travel to other countries from France it is best to get a rail pass. In France, the valid passes are Eurail Global Passes, Select Passes and other regional passes. All passes must be validated/stamped, when you use them for the first time, at any SNCF ticket counter.
All point-to-point train tickets should also be validated before boarding the train. Train tickets can be purchased at the stations or in advance over the internet. Tickets are often cheaper when they are bought early.
Trains are very punctual, and therefore if you are late you will miss your train. Try to get to the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Arrive an hour early for Eurostar trains as they require a 30 minute check-in.
The TGV trains and the overnight trains require a reservation.
Train travel is very popular with the residents of France, and it offers an economical way for tourist to travel. Passengers could also take a taxi to reach the train stations.