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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Marseille by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4h 33m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Marseille (MRS) MAD - MRS

88€ - 234€

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Bus via Nîmes  •  16h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Nîmes N748
  2. Take the bus from Nîmes to Marseille - St-Charles Bus station Montpellier > Nîmes > Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport > Marseille - St-Charles Bus station / ...

54€ - 66€

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Train  •  9h 20m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Nimes Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles Ter

124€ - 218€

Bus  •  17h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Marsella

90€ - 130€

Drive  •  10h 19m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Marseille 1091.8 km

120€ - 180€

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Marseille is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Marseille is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Marseille is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Madrid to Marseille is to bus via Nîmes, which costs 50€ - 70€ and takes 16h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Marseille is to fly which costs 85€ - 240€ and takes 4h 33m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Marsella. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 17h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Marseille. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Marseille St Charles via Barcelona-Sants and Nimes. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 20m.

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The distance between Madrid and Marseille is 817 km. The road distance is 1091.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Marseille without a car is to train which takes 9h 20m and costs 120€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 4h 33m to get from Madrid to Marseille, including transfers.

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Madrid to Marseille bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Marseille train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Marseille is to fly which takes 4h 33m and costs 85€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 220€ and takes 9h 20m, you could also bus via Nîmes, which costs 50€ - 70€ and takes 16h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Marseille.
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  • Distance: 817.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 33m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Marseille, France?

Ryanair and Iberia fly from Madrid to Marseille twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona-Sants and Nimes in around 9h 20m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 260€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 90€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
16€ - 40€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
16€ - 24€
Rail 1st Class
25€ - 40€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
13h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
45€ - 60€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Nîmes to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
9€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Nîmes to Marseille - St-Charles Bus station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
Blablabus
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Marsella
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90€ - 130€
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Marseille Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Madrid to Marseille bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Marseille - St-Charles Bus station.

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Madrid to Marseille train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Marseille St Charles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Marseille is 1092 km. It takes approximately 10h 19m to drive from Madrid to Marseille.

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Ryanair and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Marseille Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Marseille bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 1005+ hotels available in Marseille. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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