Paris is an amazing city, filled with wonderful monuments and beautiful buildings, but if you want to get away from it all heading south to Cannes is a great idea. Nestled in the heart of the French Riviera, the city is filled with luxury hotels and world-class restaurants, and you might be surprised to see how quickly you can get there by train.
SNCF runs around 11 trains from Paris to Cannes on a daily basis, their high-speed TGV and OUIGO services offer journey times of just over five hours – that’s quicker than driving a great way to travel from city centre to city centre without the hassle of airport transfers.
Once you arrive into Cannes station, you can head straight to the beach or iconic Vieux Port – both just a 10-minute walk away. Want to know more? Keep reading from train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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, 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.
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).
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 Paris to Cannes 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 Paris and Cannes is 7 hours and 42 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 Paris to Cannes is 5 hours and 9 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Cannes can start from as little as €19 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 Paris to Cannes without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Paris to Cannes. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Cannes leaves at 08:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Cannes leaves at 20:33. 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 Paris to Cannes cover a distance of around 429 miles (690 km) during the journey.