TGV train from Paris to Nice boarding at the Gare de Lyon...
 

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The view from a Paris-Nice train along the Mediterranean coast

Forget the stress of flying.  Chill out by train & see scenery like this between Paris and Nice.  What's the train like?  What's the journey like?

Paris to Nice by train in 5h37 from €25... 

TGV Duplex high-speed trains link Paris with Nice in 5h37, centre to centre from as little as €25.  With flying taking 4 stressful & disjointed hours of grotty RER train to the airport, check-in, boarding, flight, airport, luggage reclaim and cramped bus, the clever money chills out on the direct train with a glass of wine and a good book, enjoying the wonderful views down the scenic Rhône Valley, past Avignon & Marseille and alongside the blue waters of the Mediterranean on the beautiful Cote d'Azur...

  Paris-Nice train times

  How much does it cost? 

  How to buy tickets

  What's the train like?

  What's the journey like?

  Travel tips - do read these!

  iDTGV trains from Paris to Nice

  Sleeper train between Paris & Nice

  Paris Gare de Lyon station information

  Train travel from London to Nice

  Train travel in France, a beginner's guide

  European train travel general information

What time do the trains leave?

This is a typical Paris-Nice timetable to help you plan.  Actual times vary from day to day and season to season so use the train times below as a guide and check times for your specific date online.

 Paris ► Cannes, Nice

 

Daily

Daily

Daily

Daily

Fri, Sat**

Mon-Thur

Daily

Fri, Sat, Sun

Sleeper

 Paris Gare de Lyon depart:

07:19

09:21

10:19

14:19

15:19

16:15

17:19

18:19

 21:22*

 Cannes arrive:

12:33

13:33

15:34

19:32

20:32

21:39

22:28

23:31

08:08

 Nice Ville arrive:

13:01

15:05

16:01

20:00

21:03

22:07

23:03

23:59

08:35

Read downwards, each column is a train you can take.  You'll find some extra trains at peak periods, for example July & August.

Most Paris-Nice TGV trains also call at St Raphael (for the bus to St Tropez) & all trains call at Antibes.  Change in Nice for Monaco-Monte Carlo (one TGV a day usually runs from Paris to Monte Carlo direct).  Local TER trains link St Raphael, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Nice, Monaco-Monte Carlo & Menton every 30 minutes or so all day, you can check train times using www.bahn.de/en and buy tickets for these at the station.

* = The sleeper train uses Paris Austerlitz, not Paris Gare de Lyon

** = Runs every day in late Spring & summer, from April onwards.

***= Runs on Sundays from April onwards.

Sleeper = Intercité de Nuit couchette train.  All other departures are TGV Duplex.

Paris to Nice is 975km or 605 miles.  These TGVs average over 107mph including stops.

 Nice, Cannes ► Paris

 

Daily

Daily

Daily

Sat, Sun**

Daily

Mon-Fri, Sun**

Daily

Sundays***

Sleeper

 Nice Ville depart:

07:01

10:02

11:02

13:52

15:00

15:47

16:54

18:02

20:05

 Cannes depart:

07:28

10:30

11:29

14:22

15:28

16:16

17:21

18:30

20:34

 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive:

12:41

15:41

16:41

19:41

20:41

21:45

22:41

23:44

 07:38*

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What's the train like?
TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

A double-deck TGV Duplex boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  Paris to Nice takes just 5h37 by TGV, a relaxing & scenic journey with a glass of wine and a good book.  Watch the TGV video guide

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

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.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex from Nice to Paris.

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

 

A TGV Duplex at Nice Ville.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

TGV Duplex:  Stairs to upper deck   TGV Duplex:  Power outlets   TGV Duplex:  Luggage racks

The stairs to the upper deck. Just 9 steps, wide, shallow with double handrails.  No problem!

 

Power sockets:  All seats in both classes have power sockets, 2-pin 230v.

 

Luggage racks.  You take your bags on board with you and place them on the racks.  There are racks both upstairs and downstairs, both at the car ends and (as here) between the seats.

Video guide to TGV Duplex...

What's the journey like?
Paris Gare de Lyon

1.  Paris Gare de Lyon.  The trains to Nice leave from the magnificent Gare de Lyon in central Paris, a landmark in its own right.  See Gare de Lyon information page.

Paris Gare de Lyon Hall 1, platforms A to N

Hall 1 at the Gare de Lyon.  The TGV may leave from Hall 1 or Hall 2, see the Paris Gare de Lyon station page.

The Train Bleu restaurant, Paris Gare de Lyon   The Train Bleu restaurant's bar

How about lunch at the amazing Train Bleu restaurant in Hall 1 of the Gare de Lyon before catching the Nice Express?  Or just have a coffee or beer in the bar (above right), which makes an excellent VIP waiting lounge.

TGV to Nice boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon   Chilling out on the train to Nice

2.  Boarding the TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in to worry about, you simply stroll to your train, press the door button and step on.  Just make sure you're on board a couple of minutes before departure time.  You place your luggage on the various racks above or near your seat, so it's accessible throughout the journey.  In half an hour you're chilling out in rural France at 186 mph.

Scenery from the train between Paris & Lyon

3.  Paris to the outskirts of Lyon...  The train leaves the Gare de Lyon and joins the high-speed line, accelerating smoothly to 186mph through the Paris suburbs, soon emerging into open country.  Between Paris and the outskirts of Lyon the train runs through undulating countryside with villages and stone-built farms nestling in small valleys...

Scenery from the train along the Rhone Valley

4.  The Rhone Valley...  South of Lyon the train powers down the rural Rhone Valley, past more pretty French villages with picturesque churches and the occasional castle...

Hilltop village in the Rhone Valley seen from the Paris to Nice train

...Watch for hilltop villages & churches

Mountains seen from a Paris-Nice TGV train

...On a clear day you can see the snow-capped French Alps in the extreme distance to the left, and the dark line of the Massif central mountains on the far side of the valley to the right.

Crossing the Rhone with views of the Chateau de Montfaucon

5.  The Rhone & Chateau de Montfaucon...  Between Valence and Avignon the train crosses a broad stretch of the River Rhone with a view of the wine-producing Chateau de Montfaucon on the right, www.chateaumontfaucon.com.

The view from the train as it crosses the Rhone at Avignon

6.  Crossing the Rhone at Avignon... Approaching Avignon TGV station the train crosses the Rhone again on a massive viaduct high above the water.  If you look to your left you can see Avignon's famous Palais des Papes standing out on the skyline in the distance, see the picture above.  Though if you can see anyone dancing sur le pont d'Avignon you have better eyesight than me...

7.  The train skirts Marseille... The train leaves the high-speed line and slows right down towards Marseille.  Direct Paris-Nice trains use a chord line to avoid having to reverse in Marseille St Charles terminus, and if you look to your right you'll glimpse the infamous Chateau d'If (France's Alcatraz, think Count of Monte Cristo) on its island out in  the bay.  You may also glimpse the lovely church of Notre Dame de la Garde on the summit of it's hill.

Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

8.  Along the Cote d'Azur...  After Toulon comes the bit you've been waiting for.  The train runs along the Mediterranean coastline of the beautiful Cote d'Azur, past rocky headlands, millionaires' villas and yacht-filled marinas all the way to Nice.  Lovely!  Yes, this photo was taken from the train. Photo courtesy of Mike Sloan.

TGV from Paris arrived in Nice   Nice Ville railway station

9.  The train arrives at Nice Ville station right in the city centre, 15 minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais (below).

The Promende des Anglais at Nice

Travel tips...


iDTGV trains...

  Couchette on the Paris-Nice overnight train
The overnight couchette train between Paris & Nice...

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