Over 400 miles separate the stunning French cities of Cannes and Paris, but that distance will fly by when you travel on a high-speed TGV or OUIGO train service. Operated by SNCF – the main train company in France – these trains offer plenty of onboard conveniences like free WiFi access and power sockets.
While it may be quicker to fly, taking the train is a much more convenient and eco-friendly option. Arriving into Gare de Lyon station in Paris, you’re already in the heart of the city so there’s no need to worry about airport transfers or high priced taxis to your final destination – instead you can enjoy instant access to all of the breath-taking beauty of the City of Lights, seeing sights like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe with ease.
Want to learn more about the journey from Cannes to Paris? Keep reading for FAQs, train times and ticket prices.
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.
OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.
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).
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.
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 Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Cannes and Paris Gare de Lyon is 8 hours and 7 minutes, with around 14 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon is 5 hours and 13 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon can start from as little as €0.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon leaves at 07:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon leaves at 19:48. 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.
Trains travelling from Cannes to Paris Gare de Lyon cover a distance of around 428 miles (688 km) during the journey.