Fastest journey2hr 49m
There are three direct trains each day from Nice to Genoa. These are EuroCity services operated by Thello. Additional connections are available with a change of train at Ventimiglia, but this adds around an hour to the journey time.
The entire route from Nice to Genoa follows the Mediterranean coast, first skirting the Côte d’Azur through Monaco and Menton to the Italian border and then travelling east along the Lugurian coast (the Riviera di Ponente) to Genoa. For the best of the sea views, look out the windows on the right-hand side of the train. You’ll cross the French-Italian border in a tunnel between Menton and Ventimiglia.
Bookings for this route normally open three to four months in advance of travel. To get the cheapest fares on the direct Thello trains (called ‘Smart’ fares), it is worth booking as soon as tickets go on sale.
Nice to Genoa
The direct Thello trains from Nice to Genoa are classified as EuroCity services, but in terms of their design and on-board facilities, they are broadly similar to the Frecciabianca trains used on domestic services within Italy. This is not a high-speed service. Trains on the Nice to Genoa route make 10 intermediate stops, taking about three hours for the journey. The train departs from Nice Ville station and arrives in Genoa at Piazza Principe, from where there are good onward connections to stations across Italy.