I need an inexpensive way to get my daughter from Marseilles to Rome and then from Venice to Marseilles. She's checked air and rail and can't find anything less than $300 each way. She is already in France. Any ideas?
When is she travelling?
You might look at plane schedules using Nice rather than Marseilles, then train between Nice and Marseilles. I like www.whichbudget.com for budget airfares.
Swan has a good suggestion to train to Nice, then fly to Rome on the way out. Blu Express flies Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from a low of 60 Euro and up (Thursdays)....www.blu-express.com. On the way back, though, she can fly direct. Italian discount airline Myair flies Venice-Marseille direct, from 40 Euro.....www.myair.com. Book both of these ASAP, but be aware of cancellation or change restrictions.
You don't say how soon your daughter will make this trip. However, if she books well in advance (up to 90 days allowed) at www.voyages-sncf.com, she can get a Loisir fare of 23€ for a train from Marseille to Nice and a Smart fare of 45€ for a bunk in a four-person couchette on the direct Nice-Rome night train.
Booked on the same site, the standard fares for those trains should still be much less than $300.
She is traveling Marseilles to Rome on 2/14 and Venice to Marseilles 2/24
The discount fares I gave you for Marseille-Nice and Nice-Roma are still available for 14 February.