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Three direct trains link Nice & Monte Carlo with Genoa & Milan every day, with one extending beyond Nice to & from Antibes, Cannes & Marseille.  They are run by Thello, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trenitalia (Italian Railways).  They enter France on an open access basis under the EU's open competition laws with no SNCF (French Railways) involvement, which is why you won't find them listed on SNCF websites.  But they can be booked at Raileurope.com, which can book both Italian and French trains, as well as www.italiarail.com, www.thello.com or www.trenitalia.com.

COVID-19 update:  The two Nice-Milan & Milan-Nice trains resumed from 4 June 2020.  The Milan-Marseille & Marseille-Milan trains will resume later.  More COVID-19 travel info.

  What are the trains like?

  Route map

  Travel tips:  Luggage, WiFi, food & drink...

  How to check train times, fares & tickets

  Scenery along the coast...

 Milan ► Nice & Marseille

 

 Marseille & Nice ► Milan

 Days of running:

daily

daily

daily

 Days of running:

daily

daily

daily

 Milan Centrale depart:

07:10

11:10

15:10

 Marseille St Charles depart

-

11:28

-

 Genoa Piazza Principe depart:

08:58

12:58

16:58

 Toulon depart

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12:16

-

 Monaco Monte Carlo arrive:

11:44

15:37

19:37

 St Raphael (for St Tropez bus)

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13:11

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 Nice Ville arrive:

11:58

15:53

19:51

 Cannes depart:

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13:38

-

 Antibes arrive

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16:13

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 Antibes depart:

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13:50

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 Cannes arrive

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16:26

-

 Nice Ville depart:

08:01

14:09

18:06

 St Raphael (for St Tropez bus)

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16:52

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 Monaco Monte Carlo depart

08:22

14:24

18:21

 Toulon arrive

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17:48

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 Genoa Piazza Principe arrive

11:05

17:05

21:05

 Marseille St Charles arrive

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18:31

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 Milan Centrale arrive

12:53

18:53

22:53

Regular French domestic trains link Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Raphael, Toulon & Marseille.  If the once-a-day direct train doesn't suit you, you can of course take the 07:10 from Milan to Nice and change onto one of these for stations to Marseille.  Or travel on an early train from Marseille, Toulon, Cannes etc. to Nice to pick up the 18:06 from Nice to Milan.  You can check times at Raileurope.com, it means buying a separate ticket either side of Nice, so I'd allow at least 45 minutes between trains to allow for any delay.

What are the Thello trains like?

These Thello trains use Trenitalia Frecciabianca carriages, painted in Thello's distinctive colours.

Thello trai to Nice seen at Milan Centrale

A Thello train about to leave Milan Centrale for Monte Carlo, Nice, Cannes & Marseille.

1st class table for two   1st class seats on a Thello train from Nice to Milan

Table for two in 1st class, ideal for couples...

 

1st class seats, 2+1 across car width.  See larger photo.

Buffet counter on Nice to Milan Thello train   2nd class seats on a Thello train from Nice to Milan

Cafe counter selling tea, coffee, drinks & snacks...

 

2nd class seats, 2+2 across car width.  See larger photo.

Thello train from Marseille to Milan

The Thello train to Milan Centrale boarding at Marseille St Charles...

Route map...

Nice to Milan train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted in yellow = Route taken by Marseille-Nice-Milan trains.

Highlighted in green = particularly scenic sections.

Black = conventional lines. 

Red = 300 km/h high-speed lines. 

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

Travel tips...

Times, fares & tickets...

Thello train, showing entrance steps into the car   2nd class table for 4 shwoing luggage space between seats

Thello car at Marseille showing entrance steps...

2nd class seats showing luggage space between seats...

Scenery from the train...

The Thello train from Nice to Milan runs along the French and then Italian Riviera, through Monte Carlo, Menton, San Remo, Diano Marina, Savona and Genoa.  You'll pass bays, hillside villages, yacht-filled harbours and rocky headlands.  Grab a coffee, beer or glass of red from the cafe-bar, sit back and enjoy the ride!

Coastal scenery from the Thello train from Nice to Italy

Photos courtesy Lucas Martin.  If you get any great scenery photos along this route, let me know!

Yachts seen from the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Coastline seen from the Thello train from Nice to Milan

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