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Traveling from CT to French Riviera

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Traveling from CT to French Riviera

My family of 4 will be traveling in Italy and France in May. What is the best way to get to the French Riviera from CT? Our trip originates in Rome. We will then spend some time in Tuscany, on to the CT and then the French Riviera

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1. Re: Traveling from CT to French Riviera

Train, for sure. In may the line will be regular we hope so train to Ventimiglia than change for a french sncf train to wherever you want to go.

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Yes use the trains, in this instance they will be your best option.

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Thank you. What websites do I need to visit to see train schedules?

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I live here in Cinque Terre and the train is a regional one to the boarder station at Ventimiglia. The www.trenitalia.com will get you the Italian train and if you use the SNCF (French train company) they will give the French trains. Sometimes they will give you all the information in one go. Expect to depend 6 hours on the trains if you are going to Nice. If you are traveling light, you could fly from Pisa on a cheep airline. (faster) Be sure you buy your tickets way in advance to get the best price. If you rented a car, it would take 4 hours of driving to Nice from La Spezia. For best car rentals, do this from home before you leave. If you need any more information, go to Trekguyd, he will answer all your question.

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While it is true that there are are a few Regional trains direct from Cinque Terre train stations to Ventimiglia, these trains take nearly five hours, have no refreshment facilities and no reserved seats and stop at nearly fifty stations along the way. And from some villages there is only one direct train per day, which leaves appallingly early.

In my opinion it is more comfortable to use Intercity trains to travel between Genova Piazza Principe and Ventimiglia - the Intercity trains have reserved seats, a rolling refreshment cart, and call at far fewer stations, and the change of train gives you a welcome opportunity to stretch your legs.

You can compare the different types of connection on www.trenitalia.com - click the UK flag for English first, and enter the specific village you are departing from, e.g. Monterosso as the train service differs between stations. Enter your 'hour' of departure as '4' for 04.00 to show all connections. Times are shown until June 9, but to see fares of journeys entirely by Regional train you must use a date this week.

To find times from Ventimiglia to Nice on the SNCF website http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ you must enter Vintimille not Ventimiglia. Buy tickets at staffed stations in Italy for €7.10 - you cannot buy online (unless collecting in France) nor from Italian ticket machines. Current times in one click here …ter-sncf.com/Images/Paca/Tridion/FH_04_Mand… - these trains have no reservations and a ticket is OK on any train after validation.

There are no direct flights from Pisa to Nice so flying would be even slower than the train and considerably more costly.

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We are going the opposite way in Sept 2014, from Nice to CT, and so far it looks like a train trip would take over 10 hours, with an almost 5 hour layover in Ventimiglia ST. I'm looking at the RailEurope website - should I check another website? If we have to waste a day on that train trip, we will likely skip CT. Thx! Dennis

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Never ever use the Rail Europe website for trains in Italy. It does not show all of the trains nor all of the stations, nor does it give Trenitalia's discounted advance prices. Use the websites given in post five, and purchase your Nice-Ventimiglia ticket in Nice not online.

As trains from Nice to Ventimiglia normally run every 30 minutes, having a five hour wait there is totally unnecessary. You should however plan for a wait of at least 35 minutes, as the French trains from Nice are not reliable, and it is better to have a planned wait of 30 minutes longer than strictly necessary than an enforced wait of hours caused by missing a connection due to a late train.

Trenitalia does not show train times after June 9, and booking commences 120 days in advance. Except for Regional trains with no reserved seats - to see the fares of these use a date in the next seven days, and buy tickets in Ventimiglia.

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9. Re: Traveling from CT to French Riviera

As stated already in reply five

<There are no direct flights from Pisa to Nice so flying would be even slower than the train and considerably more costly>

There are also, obviously, no direct flights from Nice to Pisa.

You could rent a private plane or a helicopter , if you're a multi-millionaire.

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