Paris to Nice by train (TGV)
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 Marseille is at Nice Ville station, from where it is a 15-minute walk to the beachfront promenade.