If you’re thinking of swapping the beach for the cobbled streets and iconic landmarks of the capital, the train from Nice to Paris is one of the most convenient ways to travel. Taking just under six hours, direct high-speed TGV services offer modern amenities, air-conditioning and – if you travel First Class – extra wide reclining seats.
A popular train route for our city-hopping tourists, once you arrive into Paris Gare de Lyon, you can be strolling along the banks of the Seine or enjoying a patisserie like a local in no time at all. If you're visiting Paris for the culture, why not check out our guide to the best Museums in Paris. Art and history lovers won't want to miss a trip to the Musée D’Orsay, which showcases mostly French work from the late 19th and early 20th century. Located on the medieval Palais de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle is also an architectural gem, the chapel boasts a rich history and beautiful stained glass windows.
Want to find out more? Keep reading to find train times, ticket prices and journey details.
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 Nice to Paris 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 Paris is 8 hours and 25 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Nice to Paris is 5 hours and 44 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Nice to Paris can start from as little as €19 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 Nice to Paris without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Nice to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nice to Paris leaves at 06:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nice to Paris leaves at 19:12. 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 Paris cover a distance of around 427 miles (687 km) during the journey.