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Marseille Saint Charles Train Station will bring you right into the heart of the city close
to La Canebière the bustling downtown area and the Vieux Port - the Old Harbor.

Gare Marseille Saint Charles TGV and mainline train station. See TGV ticket prices, schedules and reservations at

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    :  Click here for TGV trips, schedules and fares from Marseille

    :  Trains to numerous destinations including all train stations on
        the Côte d'Azur.

    :  City buses take you to Bougainville; Castellane (line 42), the
       Vieux Port, la Canebière (line 49). Info : 04 91 91 92 10

    :  Interurban buses serve Vitrolles, Carpentras, Cavaillon...
       Departure : Gare routière (Bus station) near the SNCF train
       station. Info 04 91 08 16 40. 

       Airport Bus : by the Square Navik beside the Taxi stand.

    :  The metro operates from 5h00 to 21h00 weedays and until 00h30
       on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    :  Rapid Drop-off : Square Navik
       Pick-up : Level -1

    :  There are 3 guarded pay parkings (P1,P2,P3) : 510 places.
       Access to P1 (level -1) directly from the station. Access to P2
       and P3 from Platform A (Quai A). Bellhop parking is available
       weekdays from 6h00 to 21h00. The price for this service of
       parking your car for you is 8.50€ (not including the parking time) 
       Info 04 91 64 56 12.
    :  There are numerous Agencies very near the station. Avis, Hertz
       Budget, Europcar and National Citer.
    BonjourLaFrance has special
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Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles

Saint Charles is the main railway station of Marseille. It is a terminus and opened on 8 January 1848, having been built for the PLM on the land of the Saint Charles Cemetery. The station is perched on top of a small hill and is linked to the city centre by a monumental set of stairs.

Saint-Charles Station main staircase in Marseille France
Saint-Charles Station main staircase

The station was once a stage on the voyage to Africa and the Middle-East before the popularisation of flying. Passengers now arrive from Paris, the North of France and the United Kingdom.

The station building was built in a U shape around a rooftop canopy. It was opened in 1848 on top of a plateau. Both wings house the arrivals and departures. To the rear of the station, along Boulevard Voltaire was the station's goods yard which was used up until the end of the 1990s by the SNCF's road freight operations, Sernam.

Le Grand Escalier and the boulevard d'Athènes in Marseille, seen from Saint-Charles train station
Le Grand Escalier and the boulevard d'Athènes in Marseille,
seen from Saint-Charles Train Station

The station firstly isolated from the town was equipped by a great staircase, was thought of in 1911 and opened un 1926. It is bordered by African and Middle-East inspired statues.

A first extension was opened after World War II. The buildings on the northside had been destroyed and were rebuilt and housed the administration offices of the SNCF. A new between level was opened to enhance the flow of passengers.

At the end of the 1990s and redevelopement project began with the opening of the underground and bus interchange as well as the arrival of the TGV.

A new passenger concourse was opened below the administration offices to link the station with the transport interchange. This is due to open at the end of 2006.

Station layout

Saint-Charles has dead end 14 platforms and 4 tracks leaving it, all equipped with 1500 DC overhead wire. Near the entrance to the station, track splits into two lines; towards Vintimille and the North as well as a single track line to Briançon. A single track branchline links Saint-Charles to the harbour station of La Joliette.

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