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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995



This is not intended as an accurate, up-to-date schedule of trains. For that, connect to the SNCF (French national railways) web. As much as we would like to help, there are scores, perhaps hundreds, of main-line and local-line schedules involved, that are updated at least twice a year. The updates to schedules rarely have major changes, so any time you see on our schedules here are good enough for general information; but if minutes count in your planning, get the latest schedules from any railway station (gare SNCF.

Trains and Buses. The "Trains Express Régionaux" (TER) is the French regional network of trains and buses. Some bus lines are run in conjunction with the regional train routes to complete the overall transportation network. If you don't see the train you need here, check Beyond's Travel-Bus page.


Nice-Marseilles

The Nice-Marseille train takes 2-1/2 hours; the TGV (high-speed train) is not on high-speed track for this section.

There are many trains a day, in both directions; here is a sample, to give you an idea of how long it takes between the different towns.

  Express Express Local
Marseille St. Charles 5h04 7h26
Toulon 5h48 8h16
Les Arcs, Draguignan 8h56 9h00
Frejus 9h19
St Raphaël-Valescure 6h43 9h15 9h24
Cannes 7h08 9h43 10h02
Juan-les-Pins 10h13
Antibes 7h15 9h56 10h16
Cagnes-sur-Mer 10h26
Nice 7h45 10h12 10h42
Monaco-Monte-Carlo 8h10 11h04
Menton 8h22 11h16
Ventimiglia (Italy) 8h37 11h29

Transfer Connections:
    • Toulon - Hyeres (30 min)
    • Marseille - Aix-en-Provence


Nice-Sisteron

The complete Nice-Sisteron trip takes about five hours, with a change in Marseille. A possible morning schedule (Sept 96) from Nice is:

Nice ---- Sisteron

09h03 - 15h05; change at Marseille (1h47)

09h35 - 15h05 - TGV; change at Marseille (1h26)

10h27 - 15h05; change at Marseille (29mn)

Nice-Sisteron via Train des Pignes

The scenic route from Nice to Sisteron is via the Train des Pignes to Digne, and then a link to Chateau-Arnoux to connect to the final leg to Sisteron. The beautiful Nice-Digne trip takes three hours. The Digne-to-Sisteron leg takes one hour, with a possible schedule (Sept 96) being:

Digne -- Sisteron

08h45 - 09h40; change at Chateau Arnoux (10mn)

12h17 - 12h50; Bus

14h07 - 17h10; change at Chateau Arnoux (2h15)


Briancon, Gap, Grenoble

Paris - Briançon
The SNCF Grandes Lignes has at least 10 trains a day each way between Paris and Briançon.

Paris Gare-de-Lyon
Dijon
Lyon
Grenoble
Valence
Crest
Die
Luc-en-Diois
Veynes-Dévouly
Gap
Chorges
Embrun
Mont-Dauphin Guillestre
L'Argentière
Briançon

Briançon - Serres
This SNCF TER service has about 24 trains a day each way between Briançon and Serres. A few of the times are served by bus.

Briançon
Chamandrin
Prelles
Saint Martin
L'Argentière
Le Roche-de-Rame
Paréboul (RN)
Saint Crépin
Mont-Dauphin Guillestre
Saint Clément
Chateauroux
Embrun
Les Crots
Savines
Prunières
Chorges
La Batie-Neuve
Gap
La Freissinouse
La Roche-des-Arn.
Montmaur
Veynes-Dévoluy
Aspres
Aspremont
Serres

Briançon - Gap - Grenoble
This SNCF TER service has about 6 trains a day each way between Briançon, Gap and Grenoble. Grenoble-Paris is served by the TGV.

Briançon
L'Argentière
Mont-Dauphin Guillestre
Embrun
Chorges
Gap
Veynes-Dévoluy
Aspres-sur-Buech
Lus-la-Croix-Haute
Clelles-Mens
Monsetier-de-Clermont
Vif
St-Georges-de-Commiers
Jarrie-Vizille
Pont-de-Claix
Grenoble


Marseille, Meyragues

Marseille - Aix - Meyragues - Pertuis
This SNCF TER service has a mixture of trains in both directions: Marseille-Aix, Marseille-Aix-Meryagues, Marseille-Aix-Meryagues-Pertuis, and Meryagues-Pertuis.
Full schedules and the latest information on the TER web (www.ter-sncf.com/paca)

Marseille
Ste-Marthe-en-Provence
Septèmes
Simiane
Gardanne
Aix-en-Provence
Meyrargues
Pertuis


Marseille, Briançon

Marseille - Sisteron - Gap - Briançon
This SNCF TER service (TER Val de Durance) has about 7 trains a day each way between Marseille, Gap and Briançon.
Trip time: Marseille to: Aix 30min; Sisteron 2hr; Gap 3hr; Briançon 4h15.
Trip time: Briançon to: Gap 1h15; Sisteron 2h15; Aix 4h45 Marseille 4h15. [2003]

Full schedules and the latest information on the TER web (www.ter-sncf.com/paca)

Marseille
Aix-en-Provence
Meyrargues
Manosque Gréoux-les-Bains
La Brillane-Oraison
Chatau-Arnoux St-Auban
Sisteron
Laragne-Montéglin
Serres
Veynes-Dévoluy
Gap
Chorges
Embrun
Mont-Dauphin Guillestre
L'Argentière
Briançon


Marseille, Toulon , Hyeres

This SNCF TER service has about 16 trains a day each way between Marseille and Toulon (some non-stop and some with local stops), and there are 4 trains a day connecting Toulon with Hyeres. Non-stop Marseille-Toulon is 40 minutes. Local Marseille-Toulon is about 60 minutes. Toulon-Hyeres is about 25 minutes.

Marseille
Marseille Blancarde
La Pomme
St. Marcel
La Penne-sur-Huveaune
Aubagne
Cassis
La Ciotat
St. Cyr-les-Lecq La-Cadiere
Bandol
Ollioules - Sanary-sur-Mer
La Seyne - Six-Fours
Toulon
La Garde
La Pauline - Hyeres
La Crau
Hyères


Marseille, Miramas

This SNCF TER and TGV service has about 5 trains a day each way between Marseille and Miramas, some via Martigues and Istres and some via Rognac. The direct Marseille-Avignon train takes about one hour.

Marseille
L'Estaque
Niolon
La Redonne-Ensuès
Carry-le-Rouet
Sausset-les-Pins
La couronne
Ponteau-St-Pierre
Martigues
Croix-Sainte
Port-de-Bouc
Fos-sur-Mer
Rassuen
Istres
Miramas
Marseille
L'Estaque Pas-des-Lanciers
Vitrolles
Rognac
Berre
St-Chamas
Miramas


Geneva, Avignon, Menton

The Genève-Menton "Grandes Lines" connects Geneva, Grenoble and Avignon with Marseille and the Cote d'Azur. There are over 20 trains a day between Avignon and the Marseille-Menton part of the service, and far more between Marseille-Nice.

Genève
Chambéry-Chal.-les-Eaux
Grenoble
Lyon
Valence
Avignon
Marseille
Toulon
St Raphaël
Cannes, France
Antibes
Nice
Monaco
Menton


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