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Travelling from Paris to Nice by train

Want to travel from the French capital to the south of France and need more information? Look no further!  

Generally, the average journey time by train from Paris to Nice is 5h 58m, with around 10 trains running on this popular route each day provided by SNCF and OUIGO. SNCF’s high-speed TGV service can take you from Paris to Nice by train in just 5h 41m. If you want to maximise the amount of time you have to explore Nice, SNCF run an overnight INTERCITÉS services from Paris Austerlitz to Nice Ville, taking around 11h 48m.  

A trip to the capital of the French Riviera is always a good idea! Once you’ve arrived at Nice Ville station, you’re just a 15-minute stroll to the beach, so you can start enjoying the sun straight away. From here, you’re a short walk from Nice Cathedral, situated in the heart of Nice’s historic Old Town. Also, if you want to explore more of the south of France, there are various day trips from Nice to choose from.  

Feel like travelling in style? TGV First Class passengers enjoy wide reclining seats and quieter carriages. Once you’ve found your seat, you can take advantage of the power sockets, reading light and retractable table.  

Keen to start your journey to the South of France? Book your cheap train tickets from Paris to Nice today. Keep reading for ticket prices, train times and journey information. 

Paris to Nice by train

It takes an average of 6h 58m to travel from Paris to Nice by train, over a distance of around 427 miles (687 km). There are normally 15 trains per day traveling from Paris to Nice and tickets for this journey start from $20.62 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 41m
PriceFrom $20.62
Distance427 miles (687 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:00
Last train20:51
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationNice
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Paris to Nice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Nice for Friday Aug 12th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:00 Paris Gare de Lyon12:41 Nice Ville7829 SNCF Get tickets6h 41m, 1 change
07:16 Paris Gare de Lyon13:11 Nice Ville7851 SNCF Get tickets5h 55m, direct
08:24 Paris Gare de Lyon14:07 Nice Villetgv inoui 6173 SNCF Get tickets5h 43m, direct
08:44 Paris Gare de Lyon14:41 Nice Villetgv inoui 26675 SNCF Get tickets5h 57m, 1 change
08:44 Paris Gare de Lyon15:07 Nice Villetgv inoui 26675 SNCF Get tickets6h 23m, direct
10:26 Paris Gare de Lyon16:07 Nice Villetgv inoui 6165 SNCF Get tickets5h 41m, direct

TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and SNCF trains from Paris to Nice

You can travel from Paris to Nice on TGV, OUIGO, Intercités and SNCF 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.

PhotoCramos, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoThierry80, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Nice

The price of train tickets from Paris to Nice starts at $20.62 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 Paris to Nice 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 Paris to Nice

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Nice? 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 Paris to Nice take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Nice is 6 hours and 58 minutes, with around 15 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 Paris and Nice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Nice is 5 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Nice cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Nice can start from as little as $20.62 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 Paris to Nice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Nice without having to change trains. There are 10 direct trains from Paris to Nice each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to Nice leaves at 06:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Nice leaves at 20:51. 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 Paris and Nice by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Nice cover a distance of around 427 miles (687 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Nice to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Nice for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/12/2022. 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 11/07/2022 for travel on 11/07/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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