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travel paris to nice then on to venice

Hi, what do you suggest the best way to tackle the following please.

we will be travelling from Paris to Nice on 24th May then leaving Nice to go to Venice on the 26th where we stay until 28th to then go to Florence.

these dates are locked in so we cant change them.

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1. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

Take a TGV train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Nice. The journey takes around 5h40. For the best prices, book direct with the operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 3 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. Discounted ticket prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs, and make bookings, at en.voyages-sncf.com/en but use Antarctic as the "Ticket collection country" to avoid being transferred to RailEurope, which may not list all the trains.

If you have trouble with voyages-sncf, www.capitainetrain.com is a private website which has the same prices.

To get from Nice to Venice by train, you would have to take a local French train from Nice to Ventimiglia, then Italian trains. This would take around 8 hours, with changes of train at Ventimiglia and Milan. You would do better to take a cheap flight. For example, easyJet flies in 1h20 with prices from €35 (plus luggage).

For flights, use www.skyscanner.net to identify the possibilities, then book direct with the airline of your choice.

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2. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

thanks for that.

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3. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

What about driving from Paris to Nice, as there are 3 of us travelling and maybe this would be a better option than train ??

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4. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

You have such a short amount of time.....you should consider flying from Paris to Nice. You can save a few hours.

You are trying to cover a lot of ground in a short period....you are going to spend a considerable amount of time moving around leaving little time to see anything.

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5. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

Probably not. The train takes 5h40 and if you book soon after tickets go on sale, you should be able to buy for around €40 each, so a total of €120. (Walk-up price is €135 each.)

By car, the journey would take at least 9.5 hours of driving (plus stops) and would cost €74.10 in tolls and about €105 in fuel (plus the rental cost).

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6. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

yes realise this now but will look to flying. thanks

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7. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

The total travel time would not be all that much less. It takes at least 45 minutes to get from central Paris to an airport, and you have to be there 2 hours before your flight. Flying time is about 90 minutes, then allow another 45 minutes to get your luggage and travel into Nice.

So you save less than an hour, and have to put up with the hassle of getting to and from airports, checking luggage, going through Security ....

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8. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

so train it to nice and fly from nice to venice?

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9. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

That would be my choice. The time saving in getting from Nice to Venice justifies the hassles of air travel but, in my opinion, the time saving on Paris-Nice does not.

This is mainly because from Paris to Marseille you are using purpose-built fast TGV tracks and travelling at 300 km/h or more, but there are no high-speed tracks from Nice to Milan.

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10. Re: travel paris to nice then on to venice

Whichever way you do it.....you are going to be spending hours in transit for both journeys.

So, you will have a day and a bit in Nice and a day and a bit in Venice.