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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest price £62.50
  2. 30 day advance £106.00
  3. 7 day advance £146.00
  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    16:31
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    8hr 53m

Use Eurostar to Paris (or Lille) to connect into a fast daytime TGV train to Nice. Or, if you prefer, travel to Paris to join the Train Bleu overnight service from Paris to the French Riviera

  1. The traditional route by train from London to Nice is via Paris. There are four or five options each day by this route, the fastest train services taking less than nine hours for the entire journey from London to Nice. The journey starts with a ride on Eurostar from London to Paris, changing there onto the direct TGV train to Nice.

    Bookings for this route usually open three months in advance. However, for the summer holiday season Loco2 is often able to sell tickets up to five months in advance. If you are keen to secure the cheapest tickets for the journey from London to Nice, it’s wise to book early.

    There is also a once-daily alternative route from London to Nice via Lille Europe which is no faster than the Paris option but has one clear advantage: there is no need to change stations in Paris. On those days when the new direct Eurostar to Marseille train runs, there is also a convenient early morning option from London to Nice with an easy change of train at Marseille-St-Charles station.

    It is also possible to travel from London to Nice overnight by taking a late-afternoon Eurostar service that connects in Paris with the Train Bleu overnight train to the French Riviera.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon

    When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.

    If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Nice

    Paris to Nice

    The direct TGV services to Nice depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station. These TGV trains (usually double-deck TGV Duplex units) run non-stop to at least Valence in the Rhône Valley; many don’t make a single stop until well into Provence. There’s a nice balance to this journey: an impressive high-speed run at the start, giving a sense of real progress towards the south of France, then a more leisurely pace for the last couple of hours as the train cruises the Riviera coast. Arrival in Nice is at Nice Ville station, from where it is a 15-minute walk to the beachfront promenade.

  2. It is very easy to travel by train from London to Nice. Simply take a late afternoon Eurostar service from London to Paris which connects in the French capital onto an overnight train to the Riviera.

    This overnight train from Paris to Nice is called the Train Bleu and runs most nights of the year. It carries couchettes as well as carriages with reclining seats, but has no proper sleeping cars. So this is no luxury train, but it’s a cost-effective way of travelling overnight from the French capital to the Riviera resorts. In addition to serving Nice, this overnight train also stops at St-Raphael, Cannes and Antibes.

    Bookings for this overnight route from London to Nice normally open three months prior to travel, although bookings for journeys in the mid-summer holiday period may open a little earlier. The basic fare includes a reclining seat. For some added overnight comfort, we strongly recommend paying that little extra for a couchette, ideally in a four-berth compartment.

    There are of course plenty of daytime options, with routings via Lille, Paris or Marseille – the fastest of these take less than 10 hours for the journey from London to Nice.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz

    When you get off the train at Paris Gare du Nord, look for the Métro on the lower level, which can be accessed via stairs or lift. Follow signs to Metro line 5 and take a train in the direction of Place d'Italie. There are 9 stops between Gare du Nord and Gare d'Austerlitz, which usually takes around 30 minutes so we recommend you leave at least an hour for your transfer.

    If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Nice (night train)

    Paris to Nice (night train)

    The overnight train from Paris to Nice (and other Riviera resorts) leaves from the Gare d’Austerlitz in the French capital. This train does not follow the modern high-speed lines but sticks to traditional routes. It travels without any scheduled stops between Paris and Provence, so maximising the chances of a good night’s sleep. The last hour of the journey in the morning affords fine views of the Côte d’Azur. The train arrives at Nice Ville station.

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth". That's why we ask you to enter the age of young passengers when you search.

Countries Children Youths
Belgium and Luxembourg 6 - 11 12 - 25
Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 25
Germany* 6 - 14 15 - 25
Italy 4 - 11 12 - 25
Netherlands (including Thalys) 4 - 11 12 - 25
Spain* 4 - 13 14 - 25
Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 25
United Kingdom* 5 - 15 16 - 25
others 4 - 11 12 - 25

* There are some exceptions to these definitions. Please see child and youth passenger age requirements for more information.

You can also read about Youth and Senior discounts and railcards.

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