Was planning on taking the TGV train from Paris to Nice.
While long at 5 hr, 45 min it seemed like a mostly enjoyable experience.
The cost of doing so appears higher than usually discussed though so I may be missing some tricks of when and when not to book.
Starting to rethink flying as an option since I thought the train would be less than half the cost of flying.
Trip is not until beginning of July so cannot book the train yet but flights are available and are cheap.
Even adding bags, they appear to be cheaper than what I can get train tickets for on any Sunday or Monday morning train.
Didn't really want to do the 7 AM train, was thinking the 9 or 10 AM which based on what I am looking at seems to be north of 100 euro per person minimum much higher than the 30 or 40 euro that seems to be commonly discussed if you book early enough. Maybe they are cheaper in the summer for some reason? Or maybe there have been recent fare increases for the train?
I do feel the plane would not be as exciting and would be more stress/aggravation.
Not having sat on a train for 6 hours in recent memory though I am not sure if the notion of being on a train seeing the countryside is being given too much positive credit vs. sitting for such a lengthy stretch.
I am positive we would enjoy a 2-3 train ride, but a 6 hour one may be different.
Would be 3 of us, myself, wife and 5 year old daughter.
Staying in Paris beforehand, Saint Germaine area so likely looking at taking a taxi to the Gare De Lyon train station and then reaching Nice staying in Nice but at a hotel that appears off the tram line so probably with luggage just going to taxi again from the train station to hotel. (If not for our daughter with us, we would likely figure out public transit)
Given those factors the taxi cost if using ORY airport in Paris and Nice airport our taxi costs included I think still make door to door costs about the same flying or via train if I can get a decent rate for the train I want.
Even with security lines the plane must save at least 2 hours which would give us more time in Nice and suspect we will have more energy upon arrival to site see that same day.