Marseille to Provence and the Southern Alps
You really don’t need a car when you’re holidaying in the region. The Marseille-Lyon train service takes just 55 minutes to reach Arles. If you want to enjoy a deep dive into Provence, stop off at this city of artists home to a Roman amphitheatre and Van Gogh foundation. At the next stop, 1¼ hours from Marseille, you can hop off to visit Avignon and its magnificent Popes’ Palace or opt for the quaint charm of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.
Various regional trains provide services to the Southern Alps, in particular Gap and Embrun, just next to the mythical Serre-Ponçon lake, plus Briançon and its ancient military architecture designed by Vauban – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the region’s mountain scenery and heritage.
Nice, exploring the Côte d’Azur
Choose your dream destination on the Côte-d’Azur thanks to the coastal train stopping off at Agay, Théoule-sur-Mer, Mouans-Sartoux and more. You can also visit Cannes and its iconic Palais des Festivals, located around 30 minutes from Nice by train. Remember to take a star-studded selfie while you’re there! In Antibes, don’t miss a visit to the peaceful historic quarter and Musée Picasso. Last but not least, in another 30 minutes you’ll arrive in Menton then Monaco for more glamour and glitter galore: dream resorts and stunning scenery lit up by azure-blue skies… Our faves include the sweeping views over the bay of Menton from the top of the hill and Mediterranean vistas from the Rock of Monaco.
Our favourite car-free holiday ideas
Hop on the Train des Merveilles from Nice to Tende, dotted with teetering hilltop villages, or try out the Train des Pignes running from Nice to Digne-les-Bains, crossing no less than 16 viaducts and 15 metal bridges. In summer, you can opt to travel in ancient carriages or on a steam train. We love!
You’ll find a variety of passes offering discount train travel in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
The Pass Touristique (Tourist Pass) allows unlimited day travel in one or two areas of the region (Alpes de Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Vaucluse, Alpes-Maritimes). Get ready to savour Mediterranean beaches, secret corners of Provence and the wide-open spaces of the Southern Alps!
Be smart: check out the interactive map featuring a selection of sights and activities for tourists accessible by train. Simply plan your programme and enjoy!
Unlimited: the Pass Côte Bleue
Travel to the gorgeous Côte Bleue coast from Marseille in just 15 minutes thanks to the Pass Côte Bleue, covering the stretch of coast from Marseille to Miramas: the pass includes unlimited day travel on this regional train service. Sit back and lap up the views over the banks of Etang de Berre lake and the fjords (calanques) of Niolon and Ensuès-la-Redonne. The scenic slideshow is simply sublime…
Special summer discounts
You can enjoy a train holiday from €3 from June 1st to August 31st, thanks to the “Petits Prix TER SUD”: a series of train tickets priced at just €3, €5, €7,5, €10, €15, €20, €25 or €35 according to the distance. What smarter way to spend a great holiday with all the family in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur?!