Traveling between Paris and Annecy then onto Marseille and maybe Cannes

We are visiting france for the first time. We would like to see Paris, Annecy, Marseille (possibly Cannes as well). We have only a few days so would like to use the high speed trains. which train or route would you recommend?

I cannot find any trains from Annecy to Marseille. which other train station is close to Annecy which has trains to Marseille ?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2016 16:06
    Hi Reema,

    For an itinerary like the one you described, the most economical option would be to purchase a France Rail Pass. You would purchase the France Rail Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html

    The France Rail Pass would cover the ticket costs for your trains. On certain trains, you would also just need to purchase reservations in addition to the pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'France Rail Pass').

    Generally, trains in France can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Paris to Annecy

    From Paris to Annecy, there are direct trains. These are high-speed TGV trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the pass.

    Annecy to Marseille

    A rail connection from Annecy to Marseille takes about 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lyon along the way. From Annecy to Lyon, you would just take a regional 'TER' train. TER trains don't accept reservations, so the France Rail Pass is all you would need to board. Trains from Lyon to Marseille are high-speed TGV trains that would require reservations in addition to the pass.

    Therefore, with regard to a connection from Annecy to Marseille, you would only have to book reservations for the segment from Lyon to Marseille.

    For planning purposes, you can still just check schedules for the non-reservable trains from Annecy to Lyon by doing a separate search for this segment.

    Marseille to Cannes

    From Marseille to Cannes, there are TGV trains and regional TER trains. For the most comfortable journey, you would want to take one of the TGV trains, in which case reservations would be required in addition to the rail pass.
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