Fastest journey5hr 3m
Direct high-speed trains link Paris and Cannes. Several TGV Duplex trains leave Paris each day for Cannes and other cities on the French Riviera. Note the the direct night train from Paris to the Riviera ran for the last time in late 2017.
Fast TGV trains take just over five hours for the 940-km journey. This route is usually served by double-deck TGV Duplex trains, so book a seat on the upper deck for the best views.
The route followed by the TGVs cuts south-east from Paris, skirting Burgundy and crossing the River Rhône east of Lyon. Almost before you know it, you are in Provence. Just before Marseille, the TGVs to Cannes leave the high-speed line and follow a traditional rail route east along the Mediterranean coast towards the French Riviera.
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 four or even five months in advance. Book early for the cheapest tickets from Paris to Cannes. Note the the direct night train from Paris to Cannes and other Riviera destinations ran for the last time in late 2017.
Paris to Cannes
Every day, four or five direct TGV services depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station for Cannes. These high-speed 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, and then a more leisurely pace for the last couple of hours as the train cruises the Riviera coast.