When it comes to coastal journeys, the route from Nice to Genoa is one you should definitely experience by train. Covering 96 miles of glorious scenic views, it’s a far more relaxing way to take in the scenic landscape than driving – and it’s quicker too!
There are plenty of trains running from Nice to Genoa throughout the day, taking less than three hours to make the cross-border trip – meaning it’s easy to spend the morning eating pastries in France, before wandering along the quaint streets of Genoa and admiring its famous pastel-coloured houses in the afternoon. The high-speed Thello trains you’ll be travelling on offer wide comfortable seating, air-conditioning and plenty of snacks.
Ready to book? Start your search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, if you want to know more about the journey from Nice to Genoa by train, keep reading for our FAQs.
Thello, part of the Trenitalia Group, is an international railway service that connects France and Italy. Thello trains provide direct connections between Paris and Venice via Dijon, and Marseille and Milan via Nice. Trains between Paris and Venice are night/sleeper trains with three service levels. Choose either Standard shared berth compartments (4-6 berth), a standard bed cabin (1-3 people) which includes a welcome drink, breakfast, bed furnishings and a toiletry set, or treat yourself to a premium cabin (1-2 people) which feature a private bathroom with sink, shower and WC. Trains between Marseille and Milan offer Standard Class seating, as well as First Class, which has wider reclining seats for extra comfort.
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 Genoa 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 Nice and Genoa is 4 hours and 21 minutes, with around 7 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 Nice to Genoa is 2 hours and 56 minutes.
Train tickets from Nice to Genoa can start from as little as €15 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Nice to Genoa without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Nice to Genoa. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nice to Genoa leaves at 08:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nice to Genoa leaves at 19:36. 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 Nice to Genoa cover a distance of around 96 miles (154 km) during the journey.