France Relaunches Night Train From Paris To Nice Starting At €19
Almost three years after it was canceled, night train service from Paris to Nice has been restarted amid a broader push by the French government to favor more environmentally friendly transportation.
SNCF, France’s national railway service, had ended the 12-hour route back in 2017 as night trains had become increasingly unprofitable. Despite the decline in ridership at the time, many Parisians had fond memories of the overnight train to Nice.
But during the pandemic, the French government included plans to support more eco-friendly transport as part of its broader economic relaunch packages. That included programs to reduce the number of airplanes flying between French cities.
To replace those flights, the French government has encouraged the re-investment in night train service. Those economic packages included €5.3 billion for trains, including €100 million specifically for night trains, according to The Local. The goal is to have at least 10 night trains running by 2030, up from just 2 now.
The first train Paris-Nice night train departed Paris Austerlitz station at 20:52 on May 20 and arrived at 09:11 on May 21 in Nice. As a sign of just how much attention this re-launch attracted, Prime Minister Jean Castex was among the passengers on this first train.