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About the train journey from Santander to Nice

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The train from Santander to Nice usually takes 26 hours 55 minutes on average to travel 892 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 25 hours 41 minutes. You can expect to find 4 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Santander and Nice, you'll need to make 2 changes on your way to Nice. You can choose to travel with TGV, AVE or Renfe to get to Nice. 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 Santander to Nice in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $149.62.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Nice, 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.

Santander to Nice by train

It takes an average of 26h 55m to travel from Santander to Nice by train, over a distance of around 555 miles (892 km). There are normally 4 trains per day traveling from Santander to Nice and tickets for this journey start from $149.62 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 25h 41m
PriceFrom $149.62
Distance555 miles (892 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
First train07:05
Last train19:00
Departure stationSantander
Arrival stationNice
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA

Santander to Nice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Santander to Nice for Tuesday Oct 4th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:05 07:47 25h 42m, 2 changes
13:00 16:42 27h 42m, 4 changes
13:00 17:37 28h 37m, 3 changes
18:00 19:41 25h 41m, 6 changes

AVE, OUIGO, Renfe and Avant trains from Santander to Nice

You can travel from Santander to Nice on AVE, OUIGO, Renfe and Avant 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.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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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.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).

Cheap train tickets from Santander to Nice

The price of train tickets from Santander to Nice starts at $149.62 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 Santander 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 Santander to Nice

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

The average journey time by train between Santander and Nice is 26 hours and 55 minutes, with around 4 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 Santander and Nice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Santander to Nice is 25 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Santander to Nice cost?

Train tickets from Santander to Nice can start from as little as $149.62 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 Santander to Nice?

No, there are no direct train services from Santander to Nice. Travelling from Santander to Nice by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Santander to Nice leaves at 07:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Santander to Nice leaves at 19:00. 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 Santander and Nice by train?

Trains travelling from Santander to Nice 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 Nice to Santander.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Santander to Nice for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/04/2022. 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 05/15/2022 for travel on 05/15/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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