The central train station of Nice is the Gare de Nice-Ville. Although there are two other train stations, Riquier and St Augustine, in east and west Nice respectively, most travellers will be using the Gare de Nice-Ville.
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.
If you need to buy a ticket 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.
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 a QR code that you flash to access the platforms.
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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, an escalator or an elevator to the overpass and then descend the stairs or escalator 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.
Checking arrivals, departures and delays
Trains on the Cote d'Azur are less punctual than they should be but the situation has improved in recent years. The infrastructure is vulnerable and strikes are not unknown. For up-to-the-minute information on train delays, check gares-sncf.com
Stay near the train station!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org preferably 48 hours in advance.
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
From: 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.
This train station in west Nice is closest to Nice Airport and only steps from the Grand Arenas tram stop on the number 2 tram line. Although the ticket office is tiny and the ticket machines are likely to have lines, the Saint Augustine train station is easy to access and easy to find from the tram stop. Elevators link the ticket office to street level and to the quays. No one would say it's a pleasant place to hang out but it gets the job done. It's definitely the best station to use for those in West Nice or coming from the airport.
Last updated September 7, 2022