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Nice Train Station

The central train station of Nice is the Gare de Nice-Ville. Although there are two other train stations, Riquier and St Augustin, in east and west Nice respectively, most travellers will be using the Gare de Nice-Ville. Built in 1867 in typical grand 19th-century style, the station has recently undergone a major overhaul to bring the station into the 21st century.

Nice main train station

Train tickets

If you need to buy a ticket or pick up a ticket you've purchased online you need to get there early! It's a busy station, particularly in summer and lines are long.

You can buy domestic and international tickets at the ticket office but most people prefer to avoid the queue and purchase the ticket from one of the machines.

Ticket machine in Nice train station

The new SNCF touch-screen machines are easy to use and support English, German, Italian and Spanish as well as French. You can buy tickets, exchange tickets and retrieve tickets purchased online (with a confirmation code). The machines accept coins and credit cards, but not bills. A credit card must have a chip in order to pay for a ticket.

Even more efficient is buying your train ticket online at thetrainline which saves time at the station by giving you the QR code.

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Accessing the trains

There are seven quays (A through G). Quay A is at street level. To access the quays B through G, turn left after entering and take stairs or an elevator to the overpass and then descend the stairs to your desired quay. Escalators from the quays go up to the overpass.

Boarding the Trains

Before accessing the quays, insert the ticket into the yellow validating machine marked compostage de billets. Tickets purchased online will have a QR code. In that case present the QR code to the code reader.

Compostage machine at Nice train station


Inside Nice train station

Checking arrivals, departures and delays

Trains on the Cote d'Azur are far less punctual than they should be. The infrastructure is vulnerable and strikes are not unknown. For up-to-the-minute information on train delays, check

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Left Luggage

Turn right from the entrance. Left luggage is open daily from 8am to 7pm and costs €5.50/7.50/9.50 daily for a small/medium/large bag. There's a special two-hour price of €5 for all bag sizes.

Lost and Found

The lost and found office is also to the right of the entrance facing the restaurant Agora. Hours are 9am-noon and 1.30-5pm.

Tourist Information

The tourist office is outside and in front of the main entrance. It's open daily 8 or 9am to 7pm.


There's an exchange office in the main hall and a cash machine to the left of the main entrance near the Thello office.


Toilets are to the right of the main entrance. The price is €.80.

Food & Drink

There's plenty of food! In addition to the sitdown restaurant, Agora, there's also pastries from Paul, a Carrefour market to buy food, a deli and a number of snack and drink dispensers.


There's a free service to assist passengers with mobility issues. Call 0890 640 650 (surcharge applies) or email preferably 48 hours in advance.

Other Services

Need an ID photo? Get it done in one of the photo machines. Get ready for Nice transport by buying bus/tram tickets in the ticket machine.

Getting to the Train Station

Buses stopping at Gare Thiers: 87, 70, 64, 57.
Nearest tram stop: Gare Thiers
Vieux Nice or the Promenade des Anglais: Take the tramway Line 1 along ave Jean-Medecin to the Gare Thiers stop and walk 150m west to the station.
From West Nice: take tram line 2 to the Jean Medecin stop and transfer to line 1.
From Nice Airport: take tram line 2 to the Jean Medecin stop and transfer to line 1.

Related Pages

Getting to Nice

Nice Travel Guide

Last updated December 16, 2021

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