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Travel to Nice

What is the best way to travel from Milan to Nice?

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We looked into doing this in 2021. I believe the train was about 5-6 hours and flights took about 3-4 hours. Both methods were similar in cost.

Looking at "Google Flights", I don't see any non-stop flights but Vueling, Iberia, Air France, and others all have connecting flights between the two cities.

Looking at the Italian train website, Trenitalia, I see trains from Milan to Ventimiglia, then change trains to go to Nice in 5 hours at a great price!

https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html

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It takes about 5 hours by train, with a change at Ventimiglia. There aren't a lot of departures offering that travel time. The best I can tell from checking quickly, this will require an ItaIian train and a French train. I don't believe you can buy the whole deal through either Trenitalia or SNCF Connect, though SNCF does display the total fare. If you want to make a single purchase, one option is thetrainline.com, which usually charges a bit more than the train companies.

At 5 hours, the train would be considerably faster than flying, city center to city center if there are no non-stop flights.

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There are no non-stop flights, making the train the most reasonable way to go! Buses take longer and are less reliable.

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We took the 'high speed' train, which was supposed to get us from Paris to France in under 6 hours... had a mechanical breakdown and it took 11 hours. Ugh. Still navigating paperwork for a refund.

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I also prefer renting a car and making a road trip out of it. You can stop by in Annecy Chamonix or other cool spots in France on your way to Nice.

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But going by car is only affordable if you're driving your own car or are making a round trip. The international drop charge on a one-way rental would almost certainly be most unpleasant.