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How To Travel Amsterdam to Marseille

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

Let’s look at the options for travel between Amsterdam and Marseille by air, train or bus.

1. Amsterdam-Marseille by Train

Travel by train is possible between Amsterdam and Marseille and the journey can be done via Brussels in about 8-10 hours year round. There is also a weekly direct train in the summer which takes just over 7 hours.

The standard Amsterdam-Marseille rail journey is comprised of 2 parts:

(1) Travel from Amsterdam to Brussels Zuid/Midi in the morning using either the high speed Eurostar (formerly Thalys) or the Intercity Brussels train. Eurostar normally runs up to 11x daily and takes about 2 hours. Intercity Brussels runs 16x daily and takes 2 hours 50 minutes.

eurostar train at rotterdam central
Eusostar train at Rotterdam
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New generation of Eurostar 1st class seats

(2) Taking a TGV train which operates twice daily between Brussels Zuid/Midi and Marseille St Charles. It departs at 1317 and takes less than 6 hours.

This train runs via Lille Europe, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Marne la Vallée-Chessy, Lyon Part Dieu, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. It arrives at Marseille at 1850.

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Marseille-bound TGV train at Brussels Zuid

For those who can overnight in Brussels there is also an early morning departure at 0637, arriving in Marseille at 1224.

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Amsterdam-Marseille rail route map

It is also possible to take the Eurostar from Amsterdam to Paris Nord then transfer across to Paris Gare de Lyon. From here there are more frequent TGV trains to Marseille St Charles. However connecting in Brussels is more convenient.

Marseille-Amsterdam rail journey: Take the 0636 TGV service departing Marseille which arrives at Brussels Zuid at 1212. Then connect onto the 1322 Eurostar which arrives back in Amsterdam at 1514.

Later Marseille departures are also possible but connections need to be made in Paris.

One-way fares for the Amsterdam-Marseille trip with Eurostar+TGV start at €84 (2nd class) or €119 (1st class). To secure the lowest fares it is essential to book well in advance.

How to book train tickets online: Amsterdam-Marseille rail tickets can be booked at the NS International site or at the Trainline site.

There is a special Amsterdam-Marseille Eurostar Sun direct service which runs weekly on Saturdays during July and August only.

The train operates as a normal Eurostar from Amsterdam to Brussels but then continues on to Valence, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille St Charles.

It departs Amsterdam at 0645, arriving in Marseille at 1348 (7 hours 3 mins journey time).  On the return leg, the Eurostar Sun leaves Marseille at 1548 arriving back in Amsterdam at 2324 (7 hours 36 mins journey time).

One-way tickets cost from €79 in Standard class and from €149 in Comfort (1st class seat only). The Premium service which includes catering is from €185.

This is a very popular service and the cheapest tickets sell out fast – so book early. Tickets normally go on sale around the end of February, bookable at NS International

As both France and the Netherlands are part of the Schengen Zone you do not need to go through a passport control check when travelling between Amsterdam and Marseille.

2. Amsterdam-Marseille by Air

Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) take around 2 hours. Flying is by far the quickest way to travel between the two cities.

KLM Cityhopper flies 3x daily non-stop from Amsterdam to Marseille using Embraer aircraft. Prices start from around €180 return not including checked luggage.

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KLM Cityhopper aircraft at Amsterdam

Note, no frills airline Ryanair operates 2x weekly flights from Eindhoven (EIN) to Marseille Provence (MRS).

3. Amsterdam-Marseille by Coach

Flixbus normally offers a regular coach service from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Marseille, with a change of bus in Paris Bercy. Travel time is around 19-22 hours and singles start at €41.

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Flixbus stop at Amsterdam Sloterdijk

BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly OUIBUS) normally has up to 2x daily connections for Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Marseille, also with a change in Paris Bercy. Singles start at around €40 and the total journey time ranges 19-21 hours.

The coach stop in Marseille is next to Marseille St Charles station.

Amsterdam Resources

Looking for a convenient hotel near Amsterdam Central station? Check out the stylish Kimpton-De Witt which is a short walk from the station. For those on a budget the Ibis Amsterdam Centre is literally on top of the western edge of the station platforms.

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. You can order your Iamsterdam City Card online here

Marseille Resources

For hotels in Marseille – the Holiday Inn Express Marseille Saint Charles is just opposite the station; or consider the stylish and well-rated Alex Hotel & Spa or the charming Le Ryad Boutique Hôtel which is in Moroccan style.

The Marseille City Card (1-3 days) offers free public transport, tourist buses and mini trains, and free access to cultural activities. You can order your Marseille City Pass online here

This article was originally published in 2013 and has continuously been updated. Last update 26 April 2024.

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