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A high-speed train to your place in the sun

If you live near Frankfurt, Mannheim or Karlsruhe, Germany, but hanker for the shores of the Med, they’ve become more accessible than ever, thanks to a new train route.

As of March, a high-speed train has been servicing a route between Frankfurt and Marseille.  Running once a day in each direction, it makes the travel time between these two points just under 8 hours. The train makes intermediary stops in Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden, as well as Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Lyon, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France. Hop aboard in Frankfurt at 2 p.m. on the dot and pull into Marseille-St-Charles at 9:46 p.m. You’ll be traveling in a TGV, or Train à Grande Vitesse, model known as the “Euroduplex,” a snazzy double-decker that can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometers, or just a hair under 200 miles per hour.

To return to Germany on this route, you will board in Marseille at 8:14 a.m. and get back to Frankfurt at 4:04 p.m.

With German Rail’s Europa-Special, you can find one-way tickets on this route starting at 39 euros in second class. If you’d like to travel first-class, the pleasure can be all yours for 69 euros. The cost of a seat reservation is included in this price. Learn more about the opening of the direct link between Frankfurt and Marseille on the website of Deutsche Bahn.

 

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil