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How to travel Amsterdam to Marseille (and back)


Marseille is a principal Mediterranean port city in the south of France and is located 980km south from Amsterdam.

Let's consider how to travel between Amsterdam and Marseille by air, train or bus...

1. Flights Amsterdam-Marseille

Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) take just under 2 hours. Flying is by far the quickest way to travel between the two cities. As both France and Netherlands are part of the Schengen Zone you do not need to go through a passport control check when travelling between Amsterdam and Marseille.

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Air France (Skyteam alliance) flies 3x daily non-stop from Amsterdam to Marseille using Airbus A319 aircraft. Prices start from around €110 return not including checked luggage.

Air France-KLM also offers connecting flights via Paris Charles De Gaulle.

Note, no frills airline Ryanair operates 2-4x weekly flights from Eindhoven (EIN) to Marseille (MRS). Transavia (a KLM no-frills subsidiary) flies from Rotterdam-The Hague (RTM) to nearby Toulon (TLN) during the summer months.

Other airlines that serve Amsterdam and Marseille indirectly are Lufthansa (via Munich), British Airways (via London), Iberia and Vueling (via Barcelona).

2. Amsterdam-Marseille by Train

Travel by train is possible between Amsterdam and Marseille and the journey can be done in about 7-8 hours.

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The Amsterdam-Marseille rail journey comprises of 2 parts:

(1) Travel from Amsterdam to Brussels Zuid/Midi using the high speed Thalys train - this runs 14x daily and takes just under 2 hours. It is also possible to travel between Amsterdam and Brussels using slower Intercity services. For more info see international trains from Amsterdam.

(2) Taking a TGV train between Brussels Zuid/Midi and Marseille St Charles which takes about 5 hours 30 minutes. This train runs 4x daily with Nice as final destination - it travels via Paris Charles De Gaulle, Marne la Vallée-Chessy, Lyon Part Dieu, Valence, Avignon and/or Aix-en-Provence.

It is also possible to take the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris Nord then transfer across to Paris Gare de Lyon. From here you can also take a TGV Duplex to Marseille St Charles. However connecting in Brussels is more convenient.

Amsterdam-Marseille rail journey: Take the 0817 Thalys train departing Amsterdam which arrives at Brussels Zuid at 1008. Then take the 1031 TGV service which will get you into Marseille at 1549.

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Marseille-Amsterdam rail journey: Take either the 0911 TGV service departing Marseille which arrive at Brussels Zuid at 1512. Then take the 1552 Thalys which arrives back in Amsterdam at 1742.

Fares for the trip start at €60 (2nd class) or €119 (1st class) for the cheapest tariff. To secure the lowest fares it is essential to book well in advance. The cheaper fares are usually found via Paris rather than Brussels though.

How to book online: Amsterdam-Marseille by rail can be booked at the NS International site

There is a special Amsterdam-Marseille ZonThalys direct service which runs weekly on Saturdays during July and August only. The train operates as a normal Thalys from Amsterdam to Brussels but then continues on to Marseille St Charles. One-way tickets cost from €65 in 2nd class / €99 in 1st class - tickets normally go on sale around the end of February and sell out fast.

3. Amsterdam-Marseille by Coach

Eurolines runs a daily (overnight) coach service from its Amsterdam Duivendrecht terminal to Marseille (St Charles Bus Station, Rue Honnorat). The journey departs mid-afternoon and takes approximately 21 hours. Single fares start from around €60.

French bus operator OUIBUS has separate coach services for Amsterdam-Paris (5x daily, singles from €19) and Paris-Marseille (up to 4x daily, most require a change in Lyon, singles from €24). Amsterdam-Marseille through-fares are not possible so you need to split the ticket via Paris or Lyon.


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