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Taking the train from Lyon to Nice

Looking for the best way to travel from Lyon to Nice? Take a direct train from Lyon station to Nice and you can be wandering through the historic Place Massena square in under five hours. The high-speed TGV train services from SNCF will whizz you over at speeds of up to 320 km/h. By taking the train, you can avoid the pain of lengthy airport transfers and long security checks. And most importantly, you’ll get off at a station in close proximity to the city’s highlights.

TGV trains are fully equipped for a comfortable journey, with food carriages, free WiFi, and plenty of power sockets to keep your devices charged up for those holiday snaps.

Want to find out more? Read on to find out train times and more information about the journey from Lyon to Nice by train in our FAQs. If you’re ready to book, start your search for cheap train tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

Lyon to Nice by train

It takes an average of 5h 11m to travel from Lyon to Nice by train, over a distance of around 186 miles (300 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Nice and tickets for this journey start from €10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 58m
PriceFrom €10
Distance186 miles (300 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
First train06:28
Last train22:06
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationNice
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Lyon to Nice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Nice for Monday 15th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:28 Lyon Part-Dieu11:07 Nice Villetgv inoui 6801 SNCF Get tickets4h 39m, direct
07:06 Lyon Perrache12:41 Nice Ville7811 SNCF Get tickets5h 35m, 1 change
09:13 Lyon St-Exupéry TGV13:11 Nice Ville7851 SNCF Get tickets3h 58m, direct
09:40 Lyon Part-Dieu14:41 Nice VilleTGV Lyria 9758 SNCF Get tickets5h 1m, 1 change
11:36 Lyon Part-Dieu16:07 Nice Villetgv inoui 5332 SNCF Get tickets4h 31m, 1 change
14:04 Lyon Part-Dieu18:37 Nice Villetgv inoui 6803 SNCF Get tickets4h 33m, direct

TGV, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Lyon to Nice

You can travel from Lyon to Nice on TGV, OUIGO 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 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.

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 Lyon to Nice

The price of train tickets from Lyon to Nice starts at €10 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 Lyon 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Lyon and Nice is 5 hours and 11 minutes, with around 11 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 Lyon and Nice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Nice is 3 hours and 58 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Nice cost?

Train ticket prices from Lyon to Nice can start from as little as €10 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.

Is there a direct train from Lyon to Nice?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Lyon to Nice without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Lyon 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 Lyon to Nice leave?

The first train from Lyon to Nice leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lyon to Nice leaves at 22:06. 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 Lyon and Nice by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Nice cover a distance of around 186 miles (300 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Nice to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Nice.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in France. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lyon to Nice for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/15/2022. 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 10/13/2022 for travel on 10/13/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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