Train travel options between France and Italy

France and Italy are two of the most popular countries to include in a Eurail trip. You can find many cultural highlights in these countries, as well as beautiful scenery and golden beaches. On this page, we show you the best and easiest ways to travel between France and Italy.

Please keep in mind that all high-speed and night trains in and between France and Italy require an advance reservation. Regional trains do not require reservations. French high-speed and night trains ofted have limited seat allocation for Eurail pass holders. It's important that you book these as far in advance as possible. You can reserve trains up to 3 months before your travel date.

Fastest - TGV high-speed train from Paris to Ventimiglia

 
Map with route between Paris-Ventimiglia

Travel time: 6h30

Transfer: 0

Reservation needed:


This fast route takes you from Paris to Ventimiglia, just across the Italian border. With the TGV high-speed train, you will rush through the French Alps and past the azure water of the Mediterrenean.

 

The TGV has limited seating for Eurail pass holders, so make sure to reserve your seat well in time. You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

  • Paris, France

    Gare de Lyon

  • 6h30
  • Ventimiglia, Italy

    Ventimiglia

No reservations - Regional train from Paris to Ventimiglia

 
Map with route between Paris-Ventimiglia

Travel time: 12h

Transfer: 3


If you like to take it slow, or don’t want to make a reservation, we recommend you take a regional train from Paris to Ventimiglia.

 

Your stops along the way are Lyons, Marseille and Nice, three cities that are definitely worth a visit. And during the short trip between Nice and Ventimiglia, you can also choose to get off in world famous Cannes and Monaco.

  • Paris, France

    Bercy

  • 5h
  • Lyon, France

    Lyon Part-Dieu

  • 3h30
  • Marseille, France

    Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles

    Luggage racks / ATM / Currency exchange / Tourist information
  • 2h45
  • Nice, France

    Nice-Ville

  • 45
  • Ventimiglia, Italy

    Ventimiglia

Travel by night - Night train from Paris to Ventimiglia

 
Map with route between Paris-Ventimiglia

Travel time: 12h5

Transfer: 1

Reservation needed:


Traveling by night has its benefits, such as having more time for sightseeing during the day. You can choose to take the Intercités de Nuit night train from Paris to Nice, waking up fresh and rested on the southern coast of France. From there, it is only a short trip to Ventimiglia across the Italian border.

 

The Intercités de Nuit train has limited seating for Eurail pass holders, so make sure to reserve your seat well in time. You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

  • Paris, France

    Gare d'Austerlitz

  • 11h20
  • Nice, France

    Nice-Ville

  • 45
  • Ventimiglia, Italy

    Ventimiglia

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