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About the train journey from Nice to Santander

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The train from Nice to Santander usually takes 28 hours 50 minutes on average to travel 892 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 28 hours 22 minutes. You can expect to find 2 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Nice and Santander, you'll need to make 4 changes on your way to Santander. You can choose to travel with TGV, AVE or Avlo to get to Santander. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Nice to Santander in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $222.65.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Santander, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Nice to Santander by train

It takes an average of 28h 50m to travel from Nice to Santander by train, over a distance of around 555 miles (892 km). There are normally 2 trains per day traveling from Nice to Santander and tickets for this journey start from $222.65 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 28h 22m
PriceFrom $222.65
Distance555 miles (892 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
First train08:25
Last train13:25
Departure stationNice
Arrival stationSantander
Changes4 changes
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe

Nice to Santander train times

Check out the next trains departing from Nice to Santander for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:25 12:44 29h 19m, 5 changes
12:25 16:47 28h 22m, 4 changes

TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and TER trains from Nice to Santander

You can travel from Nice to Santander on TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and TER trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

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Intercités is the classic service of SNCF. The Intercités lines are an important part of the French rail network. Trains make more stops and are cheaper than TGVs, and run at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h). Two comfort classes are offered aboard Intercités – First Class and Second Class. Intercités by night allows you to travel at night on certain routes, in sleeper cars.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

Cheap train tickets from Nice to Santander

The price of train tickets from Nice to Santander starts at $222.65 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Nice to Santander by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Nice to Santander

Want to know more about your journey from Nice to Santander? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Nice to Santander take?

The average journey time by train between Nice and Santander is 28 hours and 50 minutes, with around 2 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Nice and Santander by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Nice to Santander is 28 hours and 22 minutes.

How much does the train from Nice to Santander cost?

Train tickets from Nice to Santander can start from as little as $222.65 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Nice to Santander?

No, there are no direct train services from Nice to Santander. Travelling from Nice to Santander by train will require a minimum of 4 changes.

What time does the first train from Nice to Santander leave?

The first train from Nice to Santander leaves at 08:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Nice to Santander leave?

The last train from Nice to Santander leaves at 13:25. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Nice and Santander by train?

Trains travelling from Nice to Santander cover a distance of around 555 miles (892 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Santander to Nice.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Nice to Santander for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/25/2022 for travel on 08/25/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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