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Trains in Nice

Discover & book the top Nice train services

About Trains in Nice

There is a good train service between the main towns and cities in the PACA (Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur) region.

Nice's main SNCF railway station is located on Avenue Thiers and serves some major French cities, including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Avignon, as well as local towns and villages in the French Riviera. 

For information about getting to Nice by train read our guide to national and international train services.

Scenic trips

A lovely way of seeing some of the countryside and rural Provence is by train. For a hands-free journey into the hills behind Nice there are several options, including a trip by steam train.

Train des Pignes - Nice to Dignes-les-Bains
Starting in Nice, the Train des Pignes winds up through the hills, stopping at 15 villages en route where you can alight, explore and take a hike in the countryside. It takes three and a half hours to reach Dignes-les-Bains and there are four trains daily.

Train des Merveilles - Nice to Tende
The Train des Merveilles takes you from the coastline of Nice into the rugged mountains of the Vallée des Merveilles and the Mercantour National Park. It runs all year round, with onboard commentary in French and English every day from June to September and at weekends in May and October.

Steam Train - Nice to Puget-Theniers
For an extra special trip, book yourself onto the steam train that runs on certain weekends from May to October. Starting in Nice it follows part of the Train des Pignes route and terminates at Puget-Theniers before returning to Nice. 

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Tourist services

the yellow petit train in grasse at its station

The small tourist train 'Petit Train' from the Promenade des Anglais takes you around the main sights of the beautiful city of Nice. Journeys take about 45 minutes and trains run every 30 minutes throughout the year. 

Several of the other towns close by also run a similar Petit Train, for example there is one in Menton and another in Grasse, which runs between April and October and takes you round the Old Town, Place aux Aires, Place de l’Evêché square and Bishop’s Palace (Palais de l’Evêque) and the Cathedral.

Have a look at our guides & tours for more tourist train routes.

Trams

a tram in the centre of Nice

The local tram and bus network is run by Ligne d'Azur. The tram line T1 runs through the centre of the city and is very useful for quick and easy transport, but if you planning to visit some of the outlying attractions then you might want to consider taking a bus.

Nice Tram Service
Tram T1 - Terminus Henri Sappia - Gare Thiers - Jean Medecin - Place Massena - Opera & Vieille Ville - Garibaldi - Palais des Expositions - Saint Roch - Hopital Pasteur (Hospital)

By 2030 there will be four tram lines, covering 36 kilometres and stopping at 70 stations around the Nice Côte d'Azur. For now, there's just one line but it still has 21 stations with trams every four minutes during peak hours. They run from 04:30 until 01:30 and are modern and clean making them a great way to get around. They are also supported by a park-and-ride system. Bus tickets are valid on trams.

Timetables

The local train service is run by SNCF-TER (Transports Express Regionaux), search for PACA region on the SNCF-TER website (PACA is Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur) for up-to-date timetables. To view the local network, use this map of the train services showing the stations and routes available.

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