The average journey time by train between Paris and Nice is 8 hours and 40 minutes, with around 10 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.
A trip to the capital of the French Riviera is always a nice idea – it has to be done! So why not take the train from Paris to Nice? TGV high-speed services travel from the French capital to Nice in the South of France in a little over five hours. Once you arrive at central Nice Ville station, it’s just a 15-minute stroll to the beach, so you can start enjoying the sun straight away.
Fancy travelling in style during your journey? TGV First Class passengers enjoy wide reclining seats and less busy carriages. Ready to book your train to Nice? Read on for ticket prices, train times and journey information.
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 Nice 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 Nice is 8 hours and 39 minutes, with around 10 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.
TGV high-speed trains from Paris to Nice can travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The fastest journey time from Paris to Nice by train is 5 hours and 58 minutes.
The average train ticket price from Paris to Nice usually costs around €103.61 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €19 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 4 direct SNCF trains that travel from Paris to Nice each day with an average journey time of 8 hours and 39 minutes.
The first train from Paris to Nice leaves at 07:39 from Paris Gare de Lyon. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Nice leaves at 21:01 from Paris Gare de Lyon. 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 Nice cover a distance of around 427 miles (687 km) during the journey.
All trains travelling from Paris to Nice are operated by SNCF – the national train operator in France.
Yes. TGV trains are the high-speed service that runs from Paris to Nice. These trains are able to reach speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
There is no longer a night train service that travels from Paris to Nice.