Marseille has just come a step closer with the news that Eurostar is to launch a direct service between London and France’s second city. Tickets will go on sale this autumn for the new service, which is due to start next May.
Eurostar trialled services beyond Paris last summer, with trains travelling from St Pancras down to Lyon.
The Marseille service will follow the same route but continue on over the final 310 km (192 miles) to the port. The train will be direct on the way out. However, Eurostar has said that British immigration requirements will mean travellers will need to change trains at Lille on the way back.
The service will run all year round and some trains will make addition at stops at Ashford.
This is exciting news. I have wanted to go to Marseille for some time now. I know it’s undergone something of a transformation in recent years – thanks, in part at least, to its role as European capital of culture last year.
I know I could catch a plane there, but only EasyJet flies direct from Gatwick, my nearest airport. I always prefer to travel without any restrictions on what’s in my hold luggage and carry-on bags.
After all, what’s a trip to France without being able to bring back cheese and wine? Oh, and as we’re talking about Marseille, maybe some soap for my mum too?