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.
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.
Amsterdam-Marseille rail journey: Take the 0617 or 0817 Thalys train departing Amsterdam which arrive at Brussels Zuid at 0808 or 1008, respectively. Then take the 0817 or 1031 TGV service which will get you into Marseille at 1349 or 1550, respectively.
Marseille-Amsterdam rail journey: Take either the 0639 or 0912 TGV services departing Marseille which arrive at Brussels Zuid at 1227 or 1512, respectively. Then take the 1252 or 1552 Thalys which arrives back in Amsterdam at 1442 or 1742, respectively.
Fares for the trip start at €60 (2nd class) or €119 (1st class) for the cheapest "No-Flex" 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.
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 €40.
French bus operator OUIBUS has separate coach services for Amsterdam-Paris (8-10 hours, singles from €15) and Paris-Marseille (11 hours overnight, singles from €25).
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