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Ashford to Marseille by train
Fastest journey6hr 2m
Trains per day6
Avg. journey time7hr 20m
Travelling from Ashford to Marseille by train
Fast trains from Ashford to Marseille take around 6 hours and 2 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 936 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Ashford and Marseille.
1. Are there direct trains from Ashford to Marseille?
Journeys between Ashford and Marseille usually involve one change of train. We have found some direct departures on this route but these are less frequent than routes requiring a change.
We usually find around 8 departures on the route from Ashford to Marseille every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.
2. How long is the train journey from Ashford to Marseille?
The Ashford to Marseille train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 2 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Ashford to Marseille train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Marseille is usually scheduled to depart Ashford around 06:24 and the last train is around 20:28. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Ashford around 06:55, and the last at 16:55.
What's the Ashford to Marseille train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Ashford to Marseille are $87.03.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $195 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $164. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book Ashford to Marseille train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Ashford to Marseille by train.
Which train companies operate between Ashford and Marseille?
More than one train company operates on the route from Ashford to Marseille, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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The 2018 season for the direct service from London and Ashford to Marseille starts on 4 May 2018, initially running three times each week, but with four trains per week from 25 May (normally on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in each direction). But there are of course plenty of alternative routes to the direct train, with multiple options each day requiring an easy change of train in Lille or Paris.
Ashford International to Marseille
You’ll join the direct Eurostar train to Marseille at Ashford International. Shortly after departing, the train dives into the Channel Tunnel. Soon you’ll be in northern France, travelling through Flanders’ fields towards Paris. The train skirts the east of the French capital and then dashes south through Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. You’ll stop in Lyon and Avignon before arriving in Marseille where the train terminates at St-Charles station in the city centre. There are good onward connecting services to cities across Provence, including stations along the Riviera.
On the return journey from Marseille St-Charles to Ashford, there is an extra stop at Lille Europe. The UK Border Force requires this stop in order for the authorities to carry out immigration checks before the train enters the Channel Tunnel.
Eurostar & TGV via Paris
Travellers taking the train from Ashford to Marseille are spoilt for choice. If you are travelling on a day when there’s a direct train, that’s your best bet. On other days this route described here via Paris makes sense, but there’s also an early morning connection via Lille on certain days.
The journey from Ashford to Marseille kicks off with a high-speed run on Eurostar from Ashford to Paris, where you will need to change stations. The second leg from Paris to Marseille; it includes some very good scenery as the train dashes south from Paris through Burgundy.
Ashford International to Paris
Board a Eurostar service from Ashford International to Paris Gare du Nord. There are normally three non-stop trains each day from Ashford to Paris. But note that there are just two departures on Sundays. The journey takes just under two hours. Within 20 minutes of leaving Ashford, the train reaches the Channel Tunnel. Less than an hour after leaving Ashford you’ll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders’ fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Marseille
TGV trains to Marseille depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station, often stopping at Avignon TGV and Aix-en-Provence TGV along the way. Arrival in Marseille is at St-Charles station, from where it is just a 10-minute walk through the Quartier Belsunce to the old port.
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