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London to Nice by train
Fastest journey8hr 53m
Trains per day14
Avg. journey time10hr 12m
Travelling from London to Nice by train
Fast trains from London to Nice take around 8 hours and 53 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,030 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Nice.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Nice?
Journeys between London and Nice usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 16 departures on the route from London to Nice every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 14 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Nice?
The London to Nice train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 53 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Nice train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Nice is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 16:31. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 16:31.
What's the London to Nice train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Nice are $86.38.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $285 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $164. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Nice train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Nice by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Nice?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Nice, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Intercités de Nuit
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Use Eurostar to Paris (or Lille) to connect into a fast TGV train to Nice and other destinations on the French Riviera.
Eurostar & TGV
The traditional route by train from London to Nice is via Paris. The journey starts with a ride on Eurostar from London to Paris, changing there onto the direct TGV train to Nice.
There is also an alternative route from London to Nice via Lille Europe which is no faster than the Paris option but has one clear advantage: there is no need to change stations in Paris. On those days when the new direct Eurostar to Marseille train runs, there is also a convenient early morning option from London to Nice with an easy change of train at Marseille-St-Charles station.
Note that the route via Paris which relied on the overnight train from Paris to the Riviera is no longer an option. That night train ran for the last time in late 2017.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Nice
The direct TGV services to Nice depart from Paris Gare de Lyon station. These TGV trains (usually double-deck TGV Duplex units) run non-stop to at least Valence in the Rhône Valley; many don’t make a single stop until well into Provence. There’s a nice balance to this journey: an impressive high-speed run at the start, giving a sense of real progress towards the south of France, then a more leisurely pace for the last couple of hours as the train cruises the Riviera coast. Arrival in Nice is at Nice Ville station, from where it is a 15-minute walk to the beachfront promenade.
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