Take Eurostar & TGV high-speed train from London to Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Avignon, Strasbourg, Perpignan or anywhere in France

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

bullet pointI want to go from Nice to...

     

      Click here for journeys starting in another city

      See COVID-19 information & update

      Information current for 2022.

Travelling from Cannes or Antibes?  This page shows departure times from Nice, but all trains heading west towards Marseille, Lyon or Paris call at Antibes 14-25 minutes after leaving Nice and Cannes 25-35 minutes after leaving Nice so you can pick up the train there.  Going east towards Italy, Nice-Ventimiglia local trains come from Cannes or Antibes so you can pick them up there, as shown on the Nice-Italy page.

Travelling from Monaco or Menton?  Trains heading east from Nice to Italy all call at Monte Carlo 15-20 minutes after leaving Nice and Menton 35-40 minutes after leaving Nice.  If you're going west towards Marseille, Lyon or Paris, catch a local train every 30 minutes from Monte Carlo to Nice, allowing plenty of time for connections.  Although there's usually at least one through train between Monte Carlo & Paris each day.

bullet pointBefore you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Must I book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

bullet pointEuropean train travel FAQ...

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 from €25...

Nice to Paris by sleeper train from €19...

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.

Back to top


Nice to London by TGV & Eurostar...
Eurostar e320   Eurostar e320 first class seats

A Eurostar e320 at London St Pancras...

 

Standard Premier/Business Premier. Larger photo.

Eurostar e320 2nd class   Eurostar e320 cafe-bar

Standard class seats.  Larger photo.

 

One of two cafe-bars, in cars 8 & 9.  Larger photo.

Back to top


Nice to Dublin & Ireland...
Irish Ferries' WB Yeats

Sail from Cherbourg to Dublin aboard Irish Ferries' WB YeatsWB Yeats photos courtesy of Irish Ferries.

Irish Ferries' WB Yeats club cabin   Irish Ferries' WB Yeats deluxe cabin

Club cabin on the WB Yeats with shower & toilet.

 

Deluxe cabin on the WB Yeats with shower & toilet...

Back to top


Nice to Brussels or Bruges...

Option 1, Nice to Brussels using the Nice-Paris overnight train - the most time-effective option...

Option 2, Nice to Brussels using a direct Marseille-Brussels TGV train - the easiest option, avoids changing trains & stations in Paris...

Option 3, Nice to Brussels via Paris - a wider choice of departures, often cheaper fares, if you don't mind crossing Paris...

Option 4, Nice to Brussels with overnight stop in Paris...

Back to top


Nice to Amsterdam...

Option 1, Nice to Amsterdam using the Nice-Paris overnight train - the most time-effective option...

Option 2, Nice to Amsterdam in a day...

Option 3, Nice to Amsterdam with an overnight stop in Paris - time-effective, with minimal impact on the working day...

Back to top


Nice to Luxembourg...

Option 1, Nice to Luxembourg using a direct Marseille to Luxembourg TGV - avoids the need to change stations in Paris...

Option 2, Nice to Luxembourg via Paris...

TGV from Paris arrived at Luxembourg   TGV bar car

A Paris-Luxembourg TGV at Paris Est.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  Larger photo.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class are arranged 2+2 across the car width.  See 360 degree photo.

 

1st class seats are arranged 2+1 across the car width.  See 360 degree photo.

Back to top


Nice to Geneva, Zurich & Switzerland from €44...

Option 1, Nice to Switzerland via Lyon - usually the best route if you're heading for Geneva, Lausanne or Montreux...

Option 2, Nice to Switzerland via Milan - usually the best route if you're heading for Lugano, Lucerne, Brig, Interlaken, Zermatt or Zurich...

Lake Lugano, seen from a Milan to Zurich train

Lake Lugano, seen from a Milan to Zurich EuroCity train on the Gotthard route.

Back to top


Nice to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from €27.90...

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

Option 2, Nice to Italy with an overnight stop in Genoa or Milan - the time-effective way...

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Intercity or Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

A Frecciarossa 1000 at Milan Centrale

Step 3, take a high-speed Frecciarossa from Milan to Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples.  This is a Frecciarossa 1000 at Milan CentraleMore information about Frecciarossas & explanation of the 4 classes.

Frecciarossa 1000 standard class   A Frecciarossa 1000 train at Milan Centrale

Standard class, 2+2 across width.  Larger photo.

 

Executive class, 1+1 across width.  Larger photo

Frecciarossa 1000 Business class seats   At-seat meal on Frecciarossa 1000

Business class seats 1+2 across car width, with tables for 2 and tables for 4 and complimentary prosecco. Larger photo.

 

In business class you can order a meal at your seat, around €18.  More information about Frecciarossas.

Back to top


Nice to Sicily...

There are many ways to travel from Nice to Sicily with various possible stopovers on the way.  But the simplest is as follows:

Sleeper train to Sicily on board the ferry

Dawn as the sleeper train from Rome approaches Sicily on board the train ferry.  Courtesy of Richard Simcox.

Back to top


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...

AVE S100 at Barcelona Sants

To Barcelona by AVE...  An AVE-S100 at Barcelona Sants. 

 

1st class seats on an AVE S100.  360Ί photo of 1st class.

Cafe-bar...

AVE train at Barcelona  

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE services from Marseille to Madrid, Lyon to Barcelona.  This is an AVE-S100 at Barcelona Sants.

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  360Ί photo of 2nd class More photos & info about AVE S100.

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/Canigou.

Back to top


Nice to San Sebastian...

Option 1, Nice to San Sebastian in a day...

Option 2, Nice to San Sebastian with overnight stop in Barcelona...

Back to top


Nice to Ibiza & Mallorca...

Option 1, Nice to Menorca or Alcudia (Mallorca) via Toulon - the most convenient way when running, several times a week, April-October...

Option 2, Nice to Ibiza & Mallorca via Barcelona - daily all year round...

Back to top


Nice to Lisbon, Porto, Faro & Portugal...

Back to top


Nice to Andorra...
Bus station next to Toulouse Matabiau station   Bus station next to Toulouse Matabiau station

Travel from Toulouse to Andorra by bus, seen at bus stand 15.  The bus station is next to the rail station.

 

Bus station in Toulouse Matabiau forecourt.  Photos courtesy of Andrew McIntyre.

Back to top


Nice to Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin & Germany...

Option 1, Nice to Munich or Berlin using the Milan-Munich sleeper - the time-effective option...

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Rome

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to MunichMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, Nice to Cologne, Dusseldorf or Frankfurt in a day, via Paris...

Option 3, Nice to Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin with overnight stop in Marseille...

Frankfurt to Marseille TGV

The direct TGV Duplex from Marseille to Frankfurt, arrived at Frankfurt am Main Hbf...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes...

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex at Frankfurt

1st class seats on the upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360Ί photo.

 

The TGV to Marseille, boarding at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

Option 4, Nice to Munich or Berlin with overnight stop in 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...

Back to top


Nice to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria...

Option 1, Nice to Salzburg & Vienna using the Milan-Vienna nightjet sleeper train- the time-effective option...

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to ViennaMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, Nice to Austria with an overnight stop in Venice - a scenic option to Vienna or Salzburg...

Scenery from the train on the Semmering Railway

Scenery between Venice & Vienna.  More photos & information about the Venice to Vienna journey.

Option 3, Nice to Austria with an overnight stop in Verona - a scenic option to Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna...

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...

Back to top


Nice to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo & Stockholm...

Option 1, Nice to Denmark, Norway & Sweden using the Milan-Munich sleeper...

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Rome

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to MunichMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 4, Munich to Hamburg by ICE & Hamburg to Copenhagen by Intercity train.  This is the late afternoon Hamburg-Copenhagen IC3 leaving platform 5 at Hamburg Hbf on a busy summer day.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg.

Option 2, Nice to Denmark & Sweden with overnight stops in Marseille & Hamburg - if you prefer day trains & hotels to sleepers...

Back to top


Nice to Helsinki & Finland...

Option 1, Nice to Helsinki using a Finnlines ferry from Germany - the easiest option...

Finnlines Star class ferry to Helsinki   Cabin on the Finnlines ferry to Helsinki

One of Finnlines 3 star class ferries to Helsinki.  Courtesy of Finnlines.

 

Cabin on the ferry...

Option 2, Nice to Helsinki by train to Stockholm, then ferry...

Back to top


Nice to Prague & the Czech Republic...

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

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to Vienna...  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, Nice to Prague with an overnight stop in Venice - the scenic option, if you prefer day trains & hotels to sleepers...

Scenery from the train on the Semmering Railway

Scenery between Venice & Vienna.  More photos & information about the Venice to Vienna journey.

Back to top


Nice to Bratislava & Slovakia...

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

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to ViennaMore information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

The train from Vienna to Bratislava...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

Step 4, Vienna to Bratislava by hourly regional express train. More about these Vienna-Bratislava trains.

Option 2, Nice to Bratislava with an overnight stop in Venice - the scenic option...

Scenery from the train on the Semmering Railway

Scenery between Venice & Vienna.  More photos & information about the Venice to Vienna journey.

Back to top


Nice to Budapest & Hungary...

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

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper from Milan to Vienna..More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

A railjet train from Vienna to Budapest, arrived at Budapest Keleti

Step 4, Vienna to Budapest by railjet, seen here arrived on platform 9 at Budapest Keleti stationMore information about railjets.

Business class on the Vienna to Venice train   Business class on the Vienna to Venice train

Economy (2nd) class...  Larger photo.

 

First class...  Larger photo.

Option 2, Nice to Budapest with an overnight stop in Venice - the scenic option, if you prefer day trains & hotels to sleepers...

Scenery from the train on the Semmering Railway

Scenery between Venice & Vienna.  More photos & information about the Venice to Vienna journey.

Back to top


Nice to Brasov, Bucharest & Romania...
  • Step 1, travel from Nice to Budapest via the Milan-Vienna Nightjet sleeper train, as shown in the Nice to Budapest section above.

  • Step 2, travel from Budapest to Romania by sleeper train Ister leaving Budapest Keleti at 19:10, arriving Brasov 09:23 & Bucharest Gara de Nord 11:59 next day.

    This comfortable sleeper train has an air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, a Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  There's no restaurant car (although a bar-bistro is usually attached within Romania) so take a picnic and bottle of wine.  There's wonderful almost Alpine scenery through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest, a real treat...

    Fares start at €39 with a couchette in 6-berth, €46 with a couchette in 4-berth, €69 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €84 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €162 with a single-bed sleeper all to yourself.  All prices per person per berth.

    Book this train at the Romanian Railways website bileteinternationale.cfrcalatori.ro.  Click EN top right for English.  Booking opens 60 days ahead.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  It can book seats, couchettes or sleepers.  For Hungary to Romania journeys you print your own ticket.

    You can also normally book at the Hungarian Railways website www.mav-start.hu, see my advice on using it.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  You show your ticket in the MAV app on your smartphone.  However, since MAV revamped its website in 2020, it can't book couchettes or sleepers, only seats, though this should be fixed at some point.

2-berth sleeper on the Ister   Dacia Express at Sighisoara

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper with washbasin.  Larger photo.

 

The sleeping-car (vagon de dormit) of the Ister at Budapest Keleti.  Sleepers convert from beds to private sitting rooms for day use. 

Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

The vagon cuseta (couchette car) on the Ister, at Budapest.  Always book a couchette, not just a seat.  Couchettes convert from bunks at night to seats for day use.

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes.  Larger photo.

Back to top


Nice to Ljubljana & Zagreb...
  • Stay overnight in Venice.  For a hotel that won't break the bank, but is 2 minutes walk from the station with good reviews, try the Hotel Maggior Consiglio or for a little more, the Hotel Abbazia.

  • Day 2, travel from Venice to Ljubljana or Zagreb by train as explained on the Venice to Ljubljana page.

    The fixed-price fare is around €24.

    No reservations are necessary for any of this journey, just turn up, buy a ticket and go.  There are two departures every day.

2nd class seats on the train from Venice to Ljubljana   The train from Trieste to Ljubljana

Inside the ETR563.  Larger photo.

 

The train to Ljubljana about to leave Trieste.  Courtesy of Marc Williams.

Back to top


Nice to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

if you're going to Sofia...

If you're going to Montenegro...

Back to top


Nice to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...
TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 1, take a TER local train from Cannes or Nice to Ventimiglia on the Italian border.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes - the TERs also call here.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Cannes & Nice to Ventimiglia...

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, take a Trenitalia Frecciabianca train from Ventimiglia to Milan.  Here, a Frecciabianca has arrived at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 3, take the Nightjet sleeper train from Milan to ViennaMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw

Step 4, Vienna to Warsaw by EuroCity train, seen here at Vienna Hbf.  On these PKP Polish Railways cars, the green stripe above the windows indicates 2nd class.  Yellow indicates first class.  Red indicates the restaurant car.  Courtesy of Jennifer Delaney.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

Most 2nd class cars have compartments like this with side corridor & 6-seat compartments, although one or two cars may have open-plan saloons.  All 1st class seats are in 6-seat compartments on these trains.  Click images for larger photos.

Polish restaurant car

Restaurant car...

Back to top


Nice to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn...
  • Day 3, travel from Warsaw to Kaunas & Vilnius, leaving Warsaw at lunchtime, changing at Bialystok and arriving Kaunas in Lithuania in the evening, with connections to Vilnius, see the Warsaw to Vilnius page for details.  Warsaw-Vilnius costs around €24, buy a ticket at the station in Warsaw.

  • Day 4, for onward travel from Vilnius to Riga, see here.

  • Day 5, for onward travel from Riga to Tallinn, see here.

Back to top


Nice to Kiev, Lviv & Ukraine...
The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper about to leave Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

Back to top


Nice to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, using the direct Nice to Moscow Express - once a week, runs via Belarus...

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

Option 2, Nice to Moscow via Kiev - avoids Belarus...

  • Step 1, travel to Kiev as shown in the Nice to Kiev section above.  It takes 2 nights.

  • Step 2, take one of the Kiev to Moscow sleeper trains, for example train 6 leaves at 19:36 arriving Moscow Kievskaya station at 10:09.

    These trains are currently suspended due to Covid-19...

    The fare is around €92 with a bed in 4-berth kupι or €180 with a bed in a 2-berth spalny vagon.

    You can ask www.polrail.com to book this for you too, or you can book tickets from Kiev to Moscow at the Ukrainian Railways site booking.uz.gov.ua/en/ booking from Kyiv to Moskva Kievskaya.  You collect tickets at the station in Kiev.  Feedback appreciated!

Back to top


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 Ventimiglia by TER local train, leaving Nice Ville at 13:09 and arriving Ventimiglia at 14:01.

    The fare is €8, though promotional fares of €5 or €7.50 are sometimes available.  2nd class only.

    Buy tickets at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.comBooking opens up to 4 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show a mobile ticket on your smartphone.  Allow at least 45 minutes between trains in Ventimiglia.

  • Day 1, travel from Ventimiglia to Milan by Frecciabianca train, leaving Ventimiglia at 15:10 and arriving Milan Centrale at 18:55.

    Fares start at €19.90 in 2nd class or €26.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Buy tickets at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.comBooking opens up to 4 months ahead.  It's ticketless, you just quote the booking reference on the train.

    See the Nice to Italy by train page for full details of the journey from Nice to Milan with photos, tips & how to buy tickets.  A later departure from Nice at 17:06 is also available.

  • Day 2, sail from Bari to Patras with Superfast Ferries.  The ferry normally sails at 19:30 daily except Sundays, arriving Patras at 13:00 the next day (day 3).  On Sundays the ship sails at 13:30, too early to make connections from Milan.

    Check ferry times, dates, prices & buy tickets using the Direct Ferries website or at www.superfast.com or www.ferriesingreece.com

    The ship is modern and comfortable, with restaurants, bars, lounges and sun decks.  You can book a deck place (a nice cheap option in summer if you have your own sleeping bag) or a reclining seat or a berth in various types of cabin, including luxury cabins with private shower & toilet.  Strolling the decks in the morning sun as the ship cruises past the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca is the nicest part of the trip, and it's a wonderful way to arrive in Greece.

    In Patras, the ferry arrives at the new South ferry terminal a few km from the town centre.  Bus number 18 links the port with the town bus station every hour on the hour, fare €1.20 or you can hop in a taxi for around €7, journey time 15-20 minutes.

  • Day 3, from Patras it's 3 hours to Athens by bus/train combo.  There's a bus/train combined timetable from Patras to Athens on www.trainose.gr but it takes a bit of finding.  Buy the bus ticket when you reach Patras, it costs around €18.

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!

Back to top


Nice to Istanbul...

Back to top


bullet pointHotels in Nice & other cities

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

Back to top


bullet pointTravel insurance & VPN

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

 

Confused.com logo

Always take out travel insurance...

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.

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

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

UK flagYou can use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

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

  US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

A Curve card saves on foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


Back to home page