Paris, London, Nice, and Monaco

Hi There, planning a trip from Vancouver to Paris and London for myself, daughter and mother. We fly into Paris. Planning to spend a few days in Paris and London with a jaunt down to Nice for a few days as well and take a couple day trips from there along the coast to Monaco, maybe into Italy or wherever is recommended. What would you suggest will be our best way to do this? Is there a rail pass that will give us the best deal on traveling about between these cities?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 19, 2015 17:02
    Hi Elisa.

    Your best option would depend on the specific itinerary and many other factors. The most economical option for an itinerary can be determined once the specific itinerary is settled upon. If you need assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    If you only plan on doing trips from Paris to London, London to Nice, and Nice to Monaco, then your best option would just be to purchase regular point-to-point tickets, as opposed to any rail pass. You would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route.

    Trains from Paris to London are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains.

    A connection from London to Nice involves changing trains in Paris along the way. The trains from London to Paris are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains, and the trains from Paris to Nice are high-speed 'TGV' trains.

    The trains from London to Paris arrive into the Nord station in Paris, while the trains from Paris to Nice depart from the Gare de Lyon station. To commute from the Nord station to the Gare de Lyon station, you would take Line D of the local RER train network. The ride on the RER from Nord to Gare de Lyon would only take about 8 minutes. You would pay to board the RER locally at the turnstiles upon arrival. To arrange for a transfer time in Paris of your choosing, you would just do a separate search for each segment of the connection. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from London to Paris and another search for connecting trains from Paris to Nice. I would recommend allowing yourself at least an hour between trains.

    Nice and Monaco are connected by regional 'TER' trains. The ride from Nice to Monaco would only take between 13 and 23 minutes.

    Generally, the 'Eurostar' can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. In contrast, trains operating within France (i.e. Paris to Nice and Nice to Monaco) can generally only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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