Take a high-speed TGV train from Paris to Nice, or travel through the night on an Intercités de Nuit service.
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by train (TGV)
The train journey from Paris to Nice by train can be done in as little as 5 hrs 40 mins by high-speed TGV. Direct trains run between Paris and Nice throughout the day, seven days a week. These are often double-decker 'Duplex' trains, so opt for a seat on the top deck to get the best views as your approach the Cote d'Azur.
When booked in advance, discounted 'Prems' fares start at £22.50 one-way for an adult in Standard Class, or £40.50 in First Class. These are non-flexible tickets which don't permit amendments so consider choosing from the more flexible fares if you think your plans might change. Tickets are typically available three months in advance with some seasonal variation.
Paris to Nice
The TGV double-decker 'Duplex' train departs Paris Gare de Lyon, whizzing you to Nice Ville station on the French south coast in just 5 hours 40 mins. This is a high-speed TGV with between 3 and 5 direct trains to Nice every day. Book a maximum of 3 months in advance, when you're most likely to find cheap train fares. In summer the booking horizon for this route is typically extended to 4 months allowing you to find cheap train tickets earlier.
The direct night train from Paris to Nice takes around 11 hours 15 mins, travelling non-stop overnight, stopping only in the morning to let passengers alight in Toulon, Antibes and other towns on France's south coast. Though the duration is twice that of trains during the day, the Train Bleu, which is part of the Intercites de Nuit fleet, is an excellent way to save time and money that would otherwise be spent on a night's accommodation.
The train doesn't depart every evening, and it can be tricky to see a pattern in its schedule, but we generally find it runs on Thursdays, Fridays and the weekend during spring and summer, and rather more sporadically in the off-season.
The cheapest tickets, which include accommodation, are known as 'Prems' fares, which offer discounts for travellers who book at least 14 days ahead. These include a bunk in 6-berth couchette, and start at £44 one-way for a non-flexible fare. 'Prems' are also available in more spacious 4-berth Sleepers for £54 one-way. The return fare for these tickets is simply twice the one-way fare. Reclining seats are available but these aren't generally recommended. Booking opens 3 months in advance.
Paris to Nice (night train)
Paris to Nice trains run overnight as well as during the day. The Intercites de Nuit night train departs Paris Gare d'Austerlitz late evening and arrives into Nice-Ville at breakfast the next day. It departs daily in summer and less frequently out of peak season. If you're lucky you'll see the sun rise over the stunning Riviera coastline.
The cheapest tickets are for a reclining seat, and so we strongly recommend opting for a space in a 6-berth couchette, or upgrading to a 4-berth or 2-berth sleeper for a little more space and privacy. Tickets for this train typically become available 3 months in advance, so make sure you book early to find the cheap tickets.