12, rue Beauvau, Marseille, Provence, 13001, France
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Train to Paris

by slm1234

Back in 2006, I wanted to go from Marseille back to Paris. However, the TGV was fully booked through the rest of the weekend, and so I took the classic train back. It was about a 10 hour trip and at some point, the train passed through some mountains. I never knew what route we took and what cities we passed through. Would anyone have any idea about what route that was? Unfortunately, I do not remember any of the cities, but we went west through the mountains. Thanks!

Re: Train to Paris

by leics

You will find a route map for French railways here, which might help:

Double-click on the area to get an enlarged map.

And/or you could look up the train on

which lists details for almost all European trains. If you tick the 'local transport' box as well as the 'fast connections' box you will get all trains departures listed and can click on the arrow by each departure and then on 'show intermediate stops' to work out the route. It would be even better if you can remember roughly what time you left Marseillesand/or arrived in Paris.

Re: Train to Paris

by mccalpin

Hard to say exactly, especially from 3 years ago. Most local routes today (use leics' methodology) go almost due north from Marseille to Lyon, then Lyon to Dijon, then go northwest from Dijon to Paris. Today, this routing with 2 or 3 changes, takes just under your 10 hours.

Are there mountains on this route? Sure, although you're traveling in valleys much of the time. However, this route skirts the French Alps (Lyon is only about 100 kilometers by air from Geneva in Switzerland), so I imagine that there are mountains somewhere. On the few times I did this route, it was often at night when I passed along the Lyon-Dijon segment, so I can't say what the mountainous views were.

Your comment about traveling west through the mountains made me think of the Pyrenees, but this would take you way out of the way, through country with much worse rail connections than the due north route. I can't rule it out though, since the French rail system has changed so much over the years with the high speed trains. France is becoming a bit like Spain in that the high speed rail lines to and from the hubs of Paris and Madrid distort the rail network - it's often faster to take a train way out of the way through the hub than more direct local trains, with the result that a lot of local and regional trains have been discontinued (especially across southern France).

Like leics asked, what time of day did you leave Marseille?


Re: Train to Paris


In my opinion, there is very little doubt about most of the route.
After Dijon, there are several possible route but usually it will be :
Paris Gare de Lyon.

There are no big tunnels on the way but several dozens of small ones, up to a few kilometers.

You have an excellent map of the network, hidden on the SNCF web site. I knew it was somewhere but I had a hard time to find it :
Click to enlarge.

Travel Tips for Marseille

try Bouilliabaise at least...

by anglosaxon

try Bouilliabaise at least once. There are different types depending on the fish used but, you'll need to decide if you want fish on the bone or not. I don't like fish bones so I went for the later and really enjoyed it. It's called a soup but, believe me this is a meal on it's own. Sitting by the fountain in Cours Julien and just watching the people.

Fish market 2


On this picture, you can see in the foreground the "Marché aux poissons" and behind, in the background, the entrance into the metro, the lower end of the Canebière with the Bourse of Marseille and on the left, Église Saint Féreol.

Pay a visit to Asterix,...

by AlfredSt

Pay a visit to Asterix, Tintin, Garfield and many more classic or modern comic heros at
La Passerelle (Rue des trois Mages - 6eme). France has a great tradition in this field and this can best be felt when flicking through the various magazines. A little Cafe in the shop adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Just opposite the shop there are also a couple of Bouquinistes, and unlike in Paris, they are really off the beaten path. Well hidden from the tourists it must be passion that keeps them going.

highest natural point in Marseille

by Kid-A

On the day I went, there wasn't that many tour busses, but I suspect it's usually pretty busy with tourists. You can walk around back though on little trails and get away from all the sightseers. And, of course, it being the highest point, you get a nice panaramic view of Marseille and the surrounding areas.

Plage des Catalans-private beach.

by SSlatter

Plage des Catalans is a private beach area that is open to members of the public at a daily charge of a few euros per person. If you have seen the Hollywood film "French Connection 2", the beach is the same one that Gene Hackman visits in the early part of the film, where he catches the ball from some beach volleyball players. It has showers, changing rooms, a drinks kiosk, a beach volleyball area, and a restaurant, and is popular with locals and tourists alike. A hassle-free beach where you can relax on the sand or on adjacent paved areas.


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