Traveling to and from Marseille, France from other French cities is made easier by the train connections to Marseille's main railway station, Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles. It operates direct regional services to Aix-en-Provence, Briancon, Toulon, Avignon, Nice, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, and more.
This makes it easier to travel the distances from city to city, but you can still conveniently get around to the sites of the town by arranging a Marseille car hire to await your arrival at Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles.
Gare Saint-Charles is also one of the main terminal stations for the TGV in the south of France, making the city reachable in just three hours from Paris (a distance of over 750 km), and only an hour and a half from Lyon. There are also direct TGV lines to Lille, Brussels, Nantes, Genève and Strasbourg.
Saint-Charles has 14 terminal platforms and 4 tracks which run through, all equipped with 1500 DC overhead wire. Near the entrance to the station the track splits into two lines; towards Ventimiglia and the north as well as a single track line to Briançon. There is a track branch line linking Saint-Charles to the harbor station of La Joliette. The first thing you will notice as you approach the station if coming from the city in Marseille is its monumental set of stairs.