Read more about Paris and Nice on the French Riviera.
Nice is the major city on the Côte d'Azur. At the heart of the French Riviera, it has international air connections and is also easily accessible from Paris by train travel. Nice makes a good central point to explore the area: east to Monaco and the Italian coastline, west to the towns of Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez and north up into the Alps.
From the U.S.A. to Nice by Air
Most of the major airlines fly directly from all over the U.S.A. into Nice Airport. For cheap international flights you will have to make one change and the overall time is greatly increased.
Paris to Nice by Air
All major airlines run regular flights from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport directly to Nice. The low-cost airline Easyjet also runs cheap flights but you must book in advance.
The flight is non stop and takes 1 hr 30 mins.
London to Nice by Air
There are regular flights to Nice from all London airports. There are also flights from all the major regional UK airports like Edinburgh, Bristol, Cardiff, and Leeds.For cheap international flights, Easyjet offers good deals.
Nice Côte d'Azur airport
Nice Cote d’Azur airport is 7 km (4.6 Miles) west of Nice city center.
From Airport to City Center
- You can get into Nice by the airport shuttle bus service.
- Bus 98 runs from the airport to the center of Nice and costs €4. It runs every 30 minutes from 6 am-midnight
- Bus 99 runs from the airport to the Nice Ville train station, and costs €4
- There are also buses to nearby cities like Antibes, Cannes, Frejus and Marseille
London to Nice by Train
- Take the train from St. Pancras International Station in London to Nice for a great start to your vacation. Check out my guide to the journey from London to Nice.
Paris to Nice by Train
Throughout France there is a comprehensive, effective and comfortable high speed rail network. The fastest arer the TGV trains but other high speed rail trains take only around one hour more.
- TGV high speed rail trains to Nice leave from Gare de Lyon in Paris (Place Louis Armand, Paris 12th arrondissement) all through the day.
- TGV trains take around 5 hrs 40 mins.
- The overnight train run by Intercites de Nuit leaves from Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris (85 quai Austerlitz, Paris 13th arrondissement). The train leaves at 9.23pm and arrives at 8.42am, taking 11 hrs 19 mins.
- HIgh speed rail trains (not TGV) also go from Paris Gare de Lyon via Lyon to Nice train station. With the one change, the journey time is 6 hrs 38 mins.
Booking Train Travel in France
- From the USA book with Rail Europe
- From the UK book with voyages sncf (formerly Rail Europe UK)
Paris to Nice by car
The distance from Paris to Nice is around 931 km (578 miles) and the journey takes around twelve hours. Unless you want to stop on the way, the high speed rail TGV network is a much better alternative and will probably save you money if you take into account tolls on the major autoroutes (around 80 euros one way), an overnight stay (if you want to arrive fresh) and the cost of gas which is high in France.
Suggestions of overnight stops on the way
If you're driving, read Advice on French Roads and Driving in France
Paris to Nice by Bus/Coach
Eurolines opereates from Paris to Lyon six days a week (no service on Sundays). The journey takes six and a quarter hours.
Check the Eurolines website.
Getting from London to Paris
- By train (Eurostar)
Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
- By bus/coach
Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
IDBus also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.
Quick reference guide to Travel to the South of France