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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.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

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  1. Cheapest price £18.50
  2. 30 day advance £35.50
  3. 7 day advance £60.00
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    5hr 34m

Take a high-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice, or travel by night on an Intercités de Nuit service.

  1. 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

    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. 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)

    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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