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Train from London to Nice

 

Overview

Route: London St Pancras International to Nice via Paris (day or sleeper) or Lille
Journey time: From 8 hours 50 minutes
Journey highlights:

Taking the sleeper train is worth it just to be woken up by the sun as you hit the Cote d'Azur. Wake up early so that you can follow the coast as the sun comes up, admiring the rich and famous' back gardens as you head to Nice.

The Grande Dame of the French Riviera, Nice enjoys a fine, sunsoaked Mediterranean climate and spectacular setting between the Alps and the sea. The famous sweep of its Baie des Anges has been drawing tourists for centuries and it is still a prime spot to come and experience the highlife of ritzy hotels, chic bars, fine dining, gambling, sunbathing and more. But Nice isn’t all glamour: it has a rich history and cultural heritage, boasting everything from Roman ruins to museums of the work of Matisse and Chagall; the old centre is well-preserved and atmospheric, and it is very much a bustling, diverse, 21st century port city. When you’ve had enough of city life, you can head to the spectacular beaches that spread out in both directions along the coast.

Return journey:
 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris

Sample itinerary: Take the 0727 from St Pancras and you'll arrive in Paris in enough time to get the 1146 TGV down to Nice, where you'll arrive in good time to unpack and head out for dinner.
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Lyon
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Lyon to Nice Ville.

Departs 0746, 0942, 1146, 1346, 1742.
Frequency of service: About 5 times a day.
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: From 5 hours 38 minutes.
Destination

Bienvenue à Nice

International and intercity trains pull into Nice-Ville, the city’s main railway station, on the northern edge of the city centre. Served by the city’s tramline, it is also a hub for many bus services.

The old centre of Nice is relatively compact and walkable, but for the rest of the city (including the cultural district of Cimiez in the northern hills), and the surrounding area (including the neighbouring beach resorts), there is a good network of buses, as well as a tram and rail services.

Nice’s ultramodern tram service currently consists of one line, looping from the north-west, past Nice-Ville station, through the centre and up to the north-east. Three further lines are either planned or under construction, and you can find more information on the Nice tramway website (in French), and here is a map of the Nice tram network (the tram line is in red). Both the tram and the buses are covered by the same tickets (1,50€) - you can find out more information in English on the city’s tourist website. You can also purchase a French Riviera Pass for unlimited travel in the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, as well as discounts and free entry at a variety of attractions.

Lignes d’Azur also offers information on public transport across the Nice area in English, including a zoomable map of bus routes and other transport across the city; and the tourist board’s website has information on useful train services for tourists around Nice.

An alternative to buses, particularly if you’re not heading up into the surrounding mountains, is to travel by bike: enabling you to feel the fresh sea breezes and sun on your skin as you take in the city. Like many cities, Nice has a self-service bike sharing scheme, called Vélo Bleu (site in French), which allows you to pick up a bike at one docking station and return it to another at your destination: the official tourist website has some information and a map in English, they also recommend some bike hire providers in Nice.

 
Book a hotel near Nice Ville train station
 

Option 2: via Paris (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take any Eurostar to Paris in time to catch the 2225 from Paris Austerlitz, which arrives Nice at 0854.
Price: From £132 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

Cross the centre of Paris by metro from Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austeritz. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for Metro line M5 to Gare d'Austerlitz (which is signposted 'direction Place d'Italie'). It's 9 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz and takes 20-30 minutes, but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare d'Austerlitz
 
Leg 2: Paris Austerlitz to Nice Ville by sleeper.

Departs 2225 arrives Nice Ville 0854 (next day).
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

Linéa

Journey time: 10 hours 29 minutes.
Destination

Bienvenue à Nice

International and intercity trains pull into Nice-Ville, the city’s main railway station, on the northern edge of the city centre. Served by the city’s tramline, it is also a hub for many bus services.

The old centre of Nice is relatively compact and walkable, but for the rest of the city (including the cultural district of Cimiez in the northern hills), and the surrounding area (including the neighbouring beach resorts), there is a good network of buses, as well as a tram and rail services.

Nice’s ultramodern tram service currently consists of one line, looping from the north-west, past Nice-Ville station, through the centre and up to the north-east. Three further lines are either planned or under construction, and you can find more information on the Nice tramway website (in French), and here is a map of the Nice tram network (the tram line is in red). Both the tram and the buses are covered by the same tickets (1,50€) - you can find out more information in English on the city’s tourist website. You can also purchase a French Riviera Pass for unlimited travel in the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, as well as discounts and free entry at a variety of attractions.

Lignes d’Azur also offers information on public transport across the Nice area in English, including a zoomable map of bus routes and other transport across the city; and the tourist board’s website has information on useful train services for tourists around Nice.

An alternative to buses, particularly if you’re not heading up into the surrounding mountains, is to travel by bike: enabling you to feel the fresh sea breezes and sun on your skin as you take in the city. Like many cities, Nice has a self-service bike sharing scheme, called Vélo Bleu (site in French), which allows you to pick up a bike at one docking station and return it to another at your destination: the official tourist website has some information and a map in English, they also recommend some bike hire providers in Nice.

 
Book a hotel near Nice Ville train station
 

Option 3: via Lille

Sample itinerary: Leave London on the 0620 Eurostar service (0659 Saturday) and you'll arrive in Lille with plenty of time to make the 1030 TGV to Nice, which arrives at 1803, with time to check in before your evening meal.
Price: From £119 return
Leg 1: London St Pancras to Lille Europe

First train 0620 (Mon-Fri), 0659 (Sat), 0857 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).
Frequency of service: About 7 trains a day.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 1 hour 20 minutes.
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Lille Europe station to catch the onward connection. From the Eurostar platform, go up the stairs (or lift) to the main concourse from where the onward TGV trains depart.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes.
 
Book a hotel near Lille Europe/Lille Flanders
 
Leg 2: Lille Europe to Nice

Trains depart Lille Europe at 0559 and 1030 daily.
Frequency of service: 2 trains a day
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: 7 hours 33 minutes
Destination

Bienvenue à Nice

International and intercity trains pull into Nice-Ville, the city’s main railway station, on the northern edge of the city centre. Served by the city’s tramline, it is also a hub for many bus services.

The old centre of Nice is relatively compact and walkable, but for the rest of the city (including the cultural district of Cimiez in the northern hills), and the surrounding area (including the neighbouring beach resorts), there is a good network of buses, as well as a tram and rail services.

Nice’s ultramodern tram service currently consists of one line, looping from the north-west, past Nice-Ville station, through the centre and up to the north-east. Three further lines are either planned or under construction, and you can find more information on the Nice tramway website (in French), and here is a map of the Nice tram network (the tram line is in red). Both the tram and the buses are covered by the same tickets (1,50€) - you can find out more information in English on the city’s tourist website. You can also purchase a French Riviera Pass for unlimited travel in the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, as well as discounts and free entry at a variety of attractions.

Lignes d’Azur also offers information on public transport across the Nice area in English, including a zoomable map of bus routes and other transport across the city; and the tourist board’s website has information on useful train services for tourists around Nice.

An alternative to buses, particularly if you’re not heading up into the surrounding mountains, is to travel by bike: enabling you to feel the fresh sea breezes and sun on your skin as you take in the city. Like many cities, Nice has a self-service bike sharing scheme, called Vélo Bleu (site in French), which allows you to pick up a bike at one docking station and return it to another at your destination: the official tourist website has some information and a map in English, they also recommend some bike hire providers in Nice.

 
Book a hotel near Nice Ville train station
 

Your route to Nice

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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