Hi,is anyone aware of issues with train travel between Paris and Nice around Christmas time? 1 website suggests replacement bus service all the way!!!
I just tried a dummy booking on SNCF's journey planner, and it says that Christmastime bookings for this journey are not yet available.
Paris to Nice by train sounds fun and romantic-- and for the first hour or two it might be. I love train travel for getting to London from Paris or Venice from Florence. But six hours traveling 975-km from Paris to Nice is a wasted day. Get on a 10:00 train and arrive at the train station in Nice at 16:00 and your hotel at 16:20.
Hop on a 10 flight, land at 11:20, and you're at your hotel in time for lunch. Look at the very low cost EasyJet or Air France flights leaving almost hourly...
While I am all for flying, I am not sure time savings will be that much, since the OP would need time to travel to the airport, psss security pre-flight and then travel from Nice airport to hotel. I would still go for the fast train.
Caseymorgan, not really fair the way you have compared the two times.
Let's say from a hotel in downtown Paris to a hotel in downtown Nice.
Train figure 7 total hours (30 min before, 6 hour ride and 30 min after)
No taxis or similar required and no luggage charges in terms of costs.
Plane though only an hour and 20 min flight time, for a 10 AM flight figure you would have to leave your hotel at 7:30 to head to the airport
Arrive 12;20 but then are not close to downtown so by the time you deboard and catch transit into town and arrive at your hotel I am thinking if you lucky it is 1:30 ; so 7:30 - 130 is 6 hours
You saved a whole hour in total and have added expenses of taxi or similar transport to airport from and to your next hotel as well as potential luggage fees depending on airline and bags you have.
Not saying the train is so much better, just that the time is not that much different. Both take up a good part of a day.Edited: 28 September 2017, 00:15
Flying will take 4 hours, a tedious relay-race of grotty RER train followed by airport security hassle, a flight, another airport then a bus. Just to save an hour and a half! And miss out on the experience, what an utter waste!
The TGV train takes only 5h37 city centre to city centre, chilling out with a glass of wine or two on a double-decker 186 mph high-speed TGV speeding down the pleasant Rhone Valley then past Marseille with the Notre Dame de la Garde visible on its hill to your right and the infamous Chateau d'If (France's 17th century Alcatraz) visible out in the bay. Then the train rolls along the Cote d'Azur past rocky headlands, yacht-filled harbours, millionaires' villas, a really lovely journey and one of the nicest routes in France. The train is 'me' time!
We just did this train trip and found it quite relaxing and enjoyable.
Being from the US where I have never traveled on a train, I have found that I love train travel because it is so easy and stress free. It is more comfortable and the bathrooms are cleaner and bigger. The views along the coast were beautiful.
I would take the train again and gladly exchange an hour of time for the ease of train travel as opposed to the stress of the airport.
I kind of agree for shorter journeys but all the way to Nice is just a bit long to be cooped up in a metal tube for my taste.
That last, slow, windy 2hr section along the Cote d'Azur from Marseille to Nice really drags on the end of an already long trip. True, there are some lovely ocean views along the way, but if you're staying in Nice you're probably going to see many of them over the next few days anyway.Edited: 28 September 2017, 08:41
I concur, the last 2 hours, I got a little antsy. The first 3 flew by, however, literally and figuratively, lol!
Still, the whole airport scene seems to drain my energy from my body anymore. All the queuing, waiting on unorganized travelers, waiting on luggage to come off the plane.
I think I'd rather be sitting on the train.
On a side note, I hoped this third visit of mine to France would squelch (or subdue) my French travel bug for a duration BUT
Can you believe that before I even got home from my trip, like on our drive home from the airport, I started feeling the need to return agaiin?!
I need help (and more money, lol).
" all the way to Nice is just a bit long to be cooped up in a metal tube for my taste"
That sounds more like a description of the plane - cramped seating with knees stuck in the back of the seat in front. The seats on the train are far more comfortable (even in 2nd class) and it is easy to get up and walk around.