About getting to Nice by Train
Travelling by train is perfect for those who want to sit back, relax and see a bit more of the countryside and the region that surrounds Nice.
Nice's main SNCF railway station is located on Avenue Thiers and serves most major French cities, including Paris, as well as smaller towns and villages along the French Riviera. It is known simply as Gare de Nice-Ville.
There are three other main stations in the city. The train station of Nice Saint-Augustin is located opposite Pheonix Park and the Nice Cote d'Azur airport. It links the south-west of Nice to the centre of the city. Nice-Riquier is the main station to the north of the Old Town and Port of Nice and is on the main line out of Nice and along the coast to Monaco, Menton and on to Italy. The station of Nice-Saint-Roch is the first stop after you leave Gare de Nice-Ville on the Train des Merveilles that takes you north-east into the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes.
More information on getting around Nice by train in our local & tourist train services.
The Italian Trenitalia train service connects Nice to Italian cities like Milan, Genoa, Rome and Venice. Connections are generally made in Ventimiglia, the first train station in Italy after the French-Italian border.
You can consult TGV-Europe for all European train travel. The major Europeans cities are well linked via the European rail network.
If you are coming from the UK, Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train from London to Paris & London to Brussels, which travels via the Channel Tunnel. Not to be confused with Eurotunnel, the company which owns the Channel Tunnel whose car-carrying trains shuttle road vehicles across the Channel. Eurostar carries passengers, not cars. They now run a direct train from London to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille between one and five times a week all year round.
Eurotunnel provides a quick and simple method to get you and your car from England to France. From Folkestone to Calais in only 35 minutes, it is the fastest way to get across (or under) the English Channel. There are around four departures every hour - and as always you should book early to get the best rates.
Russian Railways now run a weekly year round service from Moscow to Nice. You leave Moscow on a Thursday and arrive in Nice on Saturday morning. The train also stops at Minsk, Warsaw, Vienna and Verona, amongst others. Travel time is around 47 hours. Moscow-Nice is one of the longest trans-European routes at a distance of 3315 km. Originally the route was popular with Russian aristocracy of 19th-century. It has existed since 1864 when first trains started running from Russia to Nice.
The Train a Grand Vitesse (TGV) is the high-speed rail network of France. Reaching speeds of up to 200mph, it's a great way to whip through the French countryside to your destination. Many routes will begin in Paris, stopping at convenient stations throughout the country before arriving in Nice. The SNCF website has information for TGV and national rail service timetables. TGV train tickets must be bought in advance and there are a whole host of special offers available for families, seniors, and groups throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased online or at any train station in France.
The city of Nice is served by the Auto Train service where you deposit your car on the train and take alternative transport to your destination. Perfect for long journeys and when you want to have your own car when you arrive at your destination. Operated by the SNCF, it travels from Paris, Bordeaux and Biarritz to Nice. Time and days of travel vary throughout the year so it is best to check the SNCF website for an up-to-date timetable. Normally you will find that travel from Bordeaux and Paris is available daily throughout the summer months of late June to early September, and perhaps once of twice a week outside of this peak time.
Nice's main station, the Gare de Nice-Ville, is an impressive building that has a richly decorated facade and a grand clock which have been maintained in their original style. Wifi services are available at this main train station as well as coin-operated lockers, a lost & found service, and toilet facilities.
Whether you're travelling with a single carry-on bag or several large suitcases, your luggage is a part of your journey. There is no restriction on the weight or amount of luggage you bring on board, however, if you are travelling with a bicycle then it should be no larger than 90cm x 120cm. If it is larger than this then you'll need to remove the wheels and pack them in a carrying bag along with the frame. Either way, your bike will travel for free.
A door-to-door luggage service is available in continental France, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. The SNCF will collect your luggage from you and deliver it to the address of your choice the next day, allowing you to travel luggage-free.
Pets & animals
To ensure that man's best friend can join you on holiday, trains in France allow your pets to travel with you. With most rail providers, pets under 6kg in weight can travel for free as long as their bag or basket does not exceed 45cm x 30cm x 25cm. Larger animals may be permitted at an additional charge. You should check with your rail provider in advance. Guide dogs can travel for free.