Marseille, France's second-largest city, is 410 miles (660 km) away from Paris. Highspeed TGV trains connect the two cities, and there are also several direct daily flights from Orly Airport (ORY) available, for those who prefer to fly.
If you're looking for travel inspiration, this 10-day itinerary takes you from Paris to Marseille and the nearby Calanques National Park as well as Aix-en-Provence, where you'll learn to cook à la provençale, Nice, and Cannes.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Direct high-speed TGV trains take approximately 3.5 hours to go from Paris's Gare de Lyon to Marseille. You have several options to reach the Gare de Lyon train station: taxis, the RER A or RER D, the 1 or 14 metros, and several buses. Once you reach Marseille, you can take a taxi or private transfer to your destination.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes, plus travel to/from airports
Several daily flights leave from Orly Airport (ORY) to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) daily, though reaching Orly from Paris can be a bit of hassle. Options include taking a taxi or private transfer, taking the Orlybus from the Place Denfert-Rochereau, or taking the RER B to the Orlyval metro shuttle, which takes you directly to the airport. Marseille airport is about 15 miles (25 km) from the city center, which you can reach by taxi, private transfer, or bus.
Duration: 7.5 hours
If you have some extra time and want to make a day of it, driving from Paris to Marseille takes around seven and a half hours on the A6 and then the A7 highway, and takes you through Lyon, France's third-biggest city. Lyon is a good halfway point to stop for lunch and a bit of sightseeing if you have the time; it's a little over four hours away from Paris.