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Help. Need advice for Paris to Santa Magherita Italy travel. ((Any and all help is welcomed. Will be returning to Paris a week later.))

Landing in Paris at 6am on a Saturday and need to be in Santa Magherita Italy by noon on Sunday. Have only ridden the bullet train in Japan once so I need some help planning this please.

Ideally IF it is easy to do I would like to get most of the travel done on Saturday i.e. take the train to Southern France and spend the night somewhere then board in the morning and arrive in Santa Magherita by noon.


If it is much more expensive or too complicated then I will go straight to Santa Margherita but I thought this would be a good chance to see a different part of France and more importantly, after being on a plane all night long I kind of wanted to break up the travel a bit so I am not sitting all day Friday and Saturday (bad back.)

Lastly, assume I know nothing about making reservations or rail passes or train ettiquette etc. :)

Thank you.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 21, 2014 20:30

    Stopping somewhere along the French Riviera would be a feasible option for a rail connection from Paris to Santa Margherita. There are direct TGV trains from Paris to Cannes, Antibes, Nice, or Monaco, for instance. From any of these cities, a rail connection to Santa Margherita would involve changing trains at least once in Ventimiglia en route.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, For a trip such as yours, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Paris to Nice, another search for connecting trains from Nice to Ventimiglia, and another search for the part of the connection from Ventimiglia to Santa Margherita).

    In this part of Europe, trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules when searching these trains on our site.
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