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The central train station of Nice is the Gare de Nice-Ville. Although there are two other train stations, Riquier and St Augustin, in east and west Nice respectively, most travellers will be using the Gare de Nice-Ville. Built in 1867 in typical grand 19th-century style, the station is now struggling to meet the demands of the 21st-century crowds that fill it during the summer. An ongoing renovation is aiming to bring Nice train station into the 21st century.
Despite the eye-catching facade, it's not a pleasant place to hang out waiting for a train since there's nowhere to sit or dine.
If you need to buy a ticket or pick up a ticket you've purchased online you need to get there early! It's a busy station, particularly in summer and lines are long.
Buying a Ticket
You can buy domestic and international tickets at a ticket counter but most people prefer to avoid the queue and purchase the ticket from one of the machines. The procedure is fairly straightforward ; you turn a knob and push to select your destination, date, number of tickets etc. You can pay by credit card.
Retrieving an Online Ticket
If you have chosen to retrieve your train ticket at the railway station, you use the same ticket machines as above. You will need your confirmation code and the same credit card you have used to pay for the ticket.
Checking for Delays
Trains on the Cote d'Azur are far less punctual than they should be. The infrastructure is vulnerable and strikes are not unknown. For up-to-the-minute information on train delays, check Gares En Mouvement.
Accessing the Quays
There are seven quays (A through G); except for A, each quay is accessible only via escalators and stairs making it cumbersome to carry heavy luggage or a bike.
Left Luggage: Open daily 8am-9pm
Getting to the Train Station
From Vieux Nice or the Promenade des Anglais: Take the tramway Line 1 along ave Jean-Medecin and walk 150m west to the station.
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