Trains in France are a convenient and efficient way to travel, with SNCF offering domestic and international train routes. Marseille has one main train station, Marseille St. Charles, where most trains from major French cities and regional towns terminate, although a few go on to Toulon. International trains to Marseille arrive from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Geneva and London. The station is located close to the centre but atop a hill, making it difficult to access or depart from with heavy luggage. However, the station is well connected to the rest of the city via bus and metro. Train lines that stop in Marseille include the national SNFC and TGV high-speed line as well as regional and local TER lines.
As the second biggest city in France and its foremost beach destination, Marseille offers the best of both beach and city life. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Europe, Marseille’s history is both fascinating and surprising. Once a Greek settlement and later a Roman colony, this port town has been an important trading hub for over 2000 years. Visitors can explore more of this ancient history at the spectacular Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Visitors should also head to Le Panier, the oldest part of the city and to Vieux Port (the old harbor) to get a sense of the city’s long past. Much of Marseille’s charm owes to it's melting pot of cultures, in this city visitors can sample everything from French, Spanish and Italian to African foods. The beaches to head to in Marseille are Prophètes, Pointe-Rouge, Catalans and Corbières.