Take a TGV from Nice to Paris from €25

A double-deck 186 mph TGV Duplex about to leave Paris for Nice.  Far better than flying...

This page explains how to travel by train from Nice to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2016.

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       Train information is current for 2016.

Travelling from Cannes?  This page shows trains from Nice, but all trains heading west from Nice call at Cannes 25-35 minutes after leaving Nice.  Going east, simply catch a local train from Cannes to Nice in 31-42 minutes to pick up the departure from Nice, allowing plenty of time for connections.

Travelling from Monaco - Monte Carlo?  Trains heading from Nice towards Italy all call at Monte Carlo 15-20 minutes after leaving Nice.  If you're going west towards Paris or Spain, catch a local train every 30 minutes from Monte Carlo to Nice, allowing plenty of time for connections.  However, there's usually at least one through train a day between Monte Carlo & Paris.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Nice to Paris by TGV train from €25...
Nice to Cannes, Juan les Pins, Monte Carlo, Menton by local train...
Nice to Marseille, Avignon, Lyon, Perpignan, Toulouse & other destinations in France
The view from the train...
Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

Trains from Nice to Paris skirt the Cote d'Azur between Nice & St Raphael, past rocky headlands, yacht-filled bays and millionaires' villas.  This is the way to arrive!  Photo courtesy of Mike Sloan.


Nice to London by TGV & Eurostar...

Nice to Brussels or Bruges from €54 at www.b-europe.com...

Option 1, by direct TGV high-speed train from the south of France to Brussels. 

Option 2, changing in Paris...


Nice to Amsterdam from €60 at www.b-europe.com...

Option 1, using direct TGV high-speed train from the south of France to Brussels - a chill-out day, and avoids crossing Paris

Option 2, changing in Paris - wider range of departures, sometimes cheaper fares, chance to stop off in Paris...


Nice to Luxembourg from €35...

Nice to Geneva, Zurich & Switzerland:  Nice to Geneva from €25...

Option 1, via France - usually the best route for Geneva, Montreux, Lausanne...

Option 2, via Milan - usually the best route for Zurich, Lucerne, St Moritz, with Alpine scenery


Nice to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from as little as €15...

Option 1, by direct Thello train from Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Monaco to Genoa & Milan - the direct recommended option...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Milan-Nice Thello train at Milan Centrale...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of luggage room on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Option 2, if none of the three daily Thello trains suit you, you can combine a French local train to Ventimiglia with an Italian train onwards...

Italian InterCity train at Milan   6-seater compartment on an Italian InterCity train   TER regional train Nice to Ventimiglia

Italian InterCity trains link Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border with Genoa & Milan.  Most cars are of the traditional side-corridor type with 6-seater compartments (pictured above).

 

Double-decker regional trains like this link Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo & Ventimiglia every 30 minutes.


Nice to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain...

Option 1, Nice to Barcelona in a single day...

Option 2, Nice to Barcelona & Madrid with overnight stop in Marseille...

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE services from Marseille to Barcelona & Madrid...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.


Nice to San Sebastian...

Option 1, via Barcelona...

Option 2, via Hendaye...


Nice to Lisbon, Porto, Faro & Portugal...
En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel at Madrid

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel Lusitania from Madrid to Lisbon is an articulated Spanish Talgo train.  Seen here at Madrid Chamartin station.


Nice to Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin & Germany

Option 1, using the Milan-Munich sleeper...

Option 2, by daytime trains via Paris...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop Verona - a scenic option with coastline and mountains...

The restaurant car on a EuroCity to Munich, seen at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads from Verona to Innsbruck...

Mountains on the Brenner route...


Nice to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria

Option 1, using the Milan-Vienna sleeper - the time-effective option to Vienna...

Option 2, by Russian sleeper train, every Saturday night - a direct high-quality sleeper train from Nice to Vienna...

Option 3, by day trains with overnight stop in Verona - a recommended scenic option to Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna with coastline & mountains...

The restaurant car on a EuroCity to Munich, seen at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads from Verona to Innsbruck...

Mountains on the Brenner route...


Nice to Copenhagen, Gothenburg & Stockholm...

Using the Milan-Munich sleeper...

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy for 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

A City Night Line sleeper train like this links Milan with Munich...

More pictures & information about this train...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby ferry.  More info on ICE.


Nice to Prague...

Option 1, using the Milan-Vienna sleeper - the time-effective option from Nice to Prague...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop Verona - a scenic option with coastline and mountains...


Nice to Bratislava...

Using the Milan-Vienna sleeper - the time-effective option from Nice to Bratislava...


Nice to Budapest...

Using the Milan-Vienna sleeper - the time-effective option from Nice to Budapest...


Nice to Ljubljana & Zagreb...
Trieste-Villa Opicina tram showing the tram buffered up to the drogue for climbing the escarpment   Trieste to Villa Opicina tram at the Villa Opicina tram terminus

The tram from Trieste to Villa Opicina on the border with Slovenia...

Train from Villa Opicina to Ljubljana   2nd class seats on the train from Villa Opicina & Sezana to Ljubljana

The Slovenia local train from Villa Opicina to Ljubljana...


Nice to Bucharest, Belgrade & Sofia...

Nice to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...

Option 1, daily via Vienna...

Option 2, by direct Russian sleeper train, every Saturday night - a direct high-quality sleeper train from Nice to Warsaw...

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Nice to Kiev, Lviv & Ukraine...
The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

The Budapest-Kiev train... Courtesy of Alessandro

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Nice to Moscow...
A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Nice to Athens & Greece
  • Nice to Athens takes less than 48 hours this way, an epic adventure, and a great journey.  Recommended!

  • Day 1, travel from Nice to Milan on the lunchtime Thello train from €14.  Book this at www.trenitalia.com.  It's a scenic ride along the Italian coast between Nice and Genoa.

  • Stay overnight in Milan.

  • Day 2 morning, travel from Milan to Bari on the daily 07:35 Frecciabianca train or the Monday-Friday 07:45 high-speed Frecciarossa train, along the scenic Adriatic coast with fares from €29 in 2nd class or €39 in 1st class booked at www.italiarail.com (easy to use, recognises English place names, allows specific seat choice from a seating plan, the small booking fee will be refunded if you email them at seat61@italiarail.com with your PNR) or Italian Railways own site www.trenitalia.com (requires Italian language place names, no booking fee, read this advice on using it first).

  • In Bari, it's a short taxi ride or 25 minute walk to the ferry terminal.  Remember the 2 hour check-in for the ferry, and allow plenty of time.

  • Day 2 evening, sail overnight from Bari to Patras in Greece with a comfy cabin on Superfast Ferries.  Daily except Sundays, a ferry sails from Bari at 19:30, arriving Patras 13:00 next day (day 3 from Paris).  Book this at www.superfast.com.  The cruise ferry has a range of en suite cabins (private and shared), reclining seats, lounges, bars & restaurants.  It's a lovely crossing, see the photos below...

  • Day 3, catch a bus from Patras to Athens, this takes just a few hours, buy the ticket when you get to Patras.

  • See the London to Greece page for detailed train & ferry times, fares, photos, Patras-Athens bus info and how to buy tickets.  Just disregard the London-Paris part.

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!


Nice to Istanbul...

Find hotels in Nice & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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