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Three direct trains link Nice & Monte Carlo with Genoa & Milan every day, with one running to and from 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 www.loco2.com, which can book both Italian and French trains, as well as www.italiarail.com, www.thello.com or www.trenitalia.com.

  What are the trains like?

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

  How to check train times, fares & tickets

  Scenery along the coast...

What are these 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...

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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