Between Cannes and Antibes

Lyon to Nice by train

How to take the fabulous railway journey from Lyon to Nice and the Cote D'Azur



From Lyon Part-Dieu to Nice-Ville

Travel Information

Final Destination: Nice

All trains also call at: Cannes and Antibes.

3  x trains per day

Up to four other connections per day as possible if you are prepared to change trains.
So our recommendation is to make sure you're not targeting only the direct trains, when looking up this journey on the ticketing websites.


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date - but bookings can open sooner when SNCF is running a promotion

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, you can sign up to the ticket availability notification service on SNCF Connect.

Expect to pay more for this journey between the beginning of June and mid-September, particularly if you will be travelling on a Friday or Saturday.

There are also other alternative connections between Lyon and Nice that involve changing trains at Marseille St Charles, but taking the direct train is generally cheaper; particularly if 'Prems' tickets are still available for the direct trains.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding -more info is available on our guide to using rail passes in France.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect from €25

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Trainline from €25

Trainline Guide

Download the SNCF Connect App from €25
Save A Train from €25

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €25

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Rail Europe from €25

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesHigh Speed (partial journey)Coastal views

Good to Know

The alternative Ouigo connections:

If you are happy to:

  • accept the more basic service available on the Ouigo trains
  • take the Rhone-Express tram to the station at St Exupery Airport
  • And be at the station at least 20 mins before your train departs

there are now ALSO two daily alternative Ouigo departures between Lyon and Nice.

Journey description:

This a journey of two distinct phases, between Lyon and the suburbs of Marseille, the trains will travel at up to 285 km/h on the high speed line.

After Marseille the train will slow down, but this gives more of an opportunity to take in the scenery

If your reserved seat is on the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) once the train has passed through the Marseille area, there are some fabulous views of the Cote d'Azur.

Particularly between Marseille and Toulon....

and from St Raphael to Cannes...

... and after departure from Antibes

All of the images and videos have been taken from the right of the train.

These trains will reverse direction on departure from Marseille St Charles.

Between Marseille and Toulon Between Marseille and Toulon
Between St Raphael and Cannes Between St Raphael and Cannes
Between St Raphael and Cannes Between St Raphael and Cannes
Between Cannes and Antibes Between Cannes and Antibes
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