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Trains to Nice

It is easy to travel by train to Nice. The capital of the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera) isn't as glitzy as it once was. But it’s still a great base for exploring the Riviera coast and the mountainous country inland. Nice and its hinterland only became part of France in 1860. Four years later the first trains arrived, bringing crowds keen to explore this glorious stretch of coast. The appeal of the Riviera is as strong as ever, but these days the local scene is less dominated by dowager duchesses and Russian royals.

Climb up to Le Château on a clear morning for brilliant views of the coast, wander through the Old Town and rub shoulders with the chic set on the Promenade des Anglais. Nice has world-class galleries and a feast of fine restaurants. But it’s a busy place and many visitors eventually retreat to one of the quieter Riviera resorts.

The main station is Nice Ville, where on Saturday evenings you’ll hear the buzz of Russian voices as the weekly train from Moscow arrives. Not every visitor to Nice comes from so far afield. Three times a day there are direct trains from Milan and Genoa and half a dozen high-speed TGVs from Paris each day (with additional trains at weekends and holidays).

Passengers from London to Nice use a combination of Eurostar and TGV services, normally routing via Paris or Marseille.

Nice Ville station is the jumping-off point for local excursions in the region. Half-hourly services run east to Ventimiglia in Italy serving Monaco and Menton along the way; services west to Antibes and Cannes are even more frequent. From Nice Ville, trains run inland to Grasse, Sospel and Tende.

To the north of Nice Ville is the Gare de Provence, a station served by private rail operator Chemins de Fer de Provence (CP). CP operates trains from the Gare de Provence on a beautiful narrow-gauge route through the mountains to Digne. CP trains cannot be booked online but you can easily buy tickets at the station; there's no need to pre-book. CP services operate year round; we rate the route to Digne as a fine excursion for any season, but at its very best perhaps on a clear winter day when the views of the Alps, as the train heads inland, can be magnificent.

Travel to Nice by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Nice by train

from $88.03

Avg 1 change 8hr 53m

Lille to Nice by train

from $79.68

Avg 0 changes 7hr 32m

Paris to Nice by train

from $62.33

Avg 0 changes 5hr 34m

Moscow to Nice by train

from $398.38

Avg 1 change 42hr 31m

Milan to Nice by train

from $16.83

Avg 0 changes 4hr 42m

Genoa to Nice by train

from $16.83

Avg 0 changes 2hr 54m

Marseille to Nice by train

from $28.27

Avg 0 changes 2hr 31m

Barcelona to Nice by train

from $86.10

Avg 1 change 7hr 10m

Ventimiglia to Nice by train

from $9.64

Avg 0 changes 38m

Cannes to Nice by train

from $8.35

Avg 0 changes 23m

Monaco to Nice by train

from $5.14

Avg 0 changes 14m

Avignon to Nice by train

from $42.41

Avg 0 changes 2hr 50m

Lyon to Nice by train

from $33.41

Avg 0 changes 4hr 24m

Florence to Nice by train

from $33.67

Avg 1 change 6hr 22m

Pisa to Nice by train

from $26.47

Avg 1 change 5hr 27m

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.