Fastest journey5hr 34m
Take a high-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice, or travel by night on an Intercités de Nuit service.
Fast TGV trains run at least five times each day from Paris to Nice, taking less than six hours for the 975-km journey. Additional trains run on peak travel days (ie. on Fridays, Sundays and in the summer holidays).
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 short of Marseille, the TGV to Nice leaves the high-speed line and follows a traditional rail route east along the Mediterranean coast to Nice. This route is usually served by double-deck TGV Duplex trains, so book a seat on the upper deck for the best views.
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. If you are keen to get a good deal on tickets for the journey from Paris to Nice, it’s wise to book as soon as bookings open. Apart from the high-speed daytime services, there is also an overnight train from 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.
The direct overnight train from Paris to Nice still runs most nights of the year, but its days may be numbered. There is talk of it being withdrawn in late summer 2017. This overnight service is called the Train Bleu and 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 service also stops at St Raphael, Cannes and Antibes.
Bookings for the Train Bleu overnight service from Paris 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.
If you don’t fancy the idea of an overnight journey from Paris to Nice, you’ll find an excellent choice of high-speed daytime services depart from Paris Gare de Lyon.
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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- From Monaco-Monte-Carlo from £3.00
- From Savona from £8.80
- From Antibes from £3.50
- From London from £62.00
- From Bologna Centrale from £28.20
- From Rome from £31.10
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