~ Trains to Antibes ~
Travelling by rail is our favourite way of getting to Antibes. It’s a safe and civilised way to travel and the best way to see the countryside en route.
Trains from UK to Antibes
With the high-speed rail line to the Channel Tunnel now complete the journey time from London to Paris is now just 2 hours 15 minutes. The second leg of the journey from Paris or Lille to Antibes is a further 6 hours.
If you’re travelling from the UK to the south of France by train the journey is in two easy parts:-
- Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet in Kent or Ashford in Kent (limited). Change at Lille or Paris to the high speed TGV network. If you opt to change at Lille there is no need to change stations. If you’d rather change at Paris then you’d arrive at Paris Gare du Nord and cross Paris to the Gare de Lyon station. If you’re taking an overnight sleeper train from Paris you would need to leave from Gare d’Autserlitz.
Journey time from London to Paris is approximately 2 ¼ hours. Allow at least 60 minutes to change stations in Paris.
During the summer months (July, August and September) trains run from London St Pancras direct to Avignon where you can change.
- TGV daytime or overnight sleeper to Antibes
Booking your train tickets
There are two options for booking your rail tickets; through Rail Europe or through Eurostar. There are pros and cons with each option so have a look at our charts below and perhaps compare the prices quoted on their websites as they can vary.
Train tickets can be booked up to 120 days (4 months) in advance and are generally cheaper the earlier you book. Also online booking is cheaper than booking by phone where you’re charged a booking fee. Best deals are available when you book early.
Rail Europe to Antibes
Tickets can either be collected at the station or for a small fee they can be sent to you by post.
|Pros of booking via Rail Europe||Cons of booking via Rail Europe|
|Visit Rail Europe's website|
|Book overnight sleeper & daytime TGV trains||Tickets posted to UK address only at a fee of £1.95|
|Can book journeys with stopovers and any other train tickets within France (useful if you’re planning a multi-location holiday)||UK credit cards only with a 2% fee (debit cards free of charge)|
|Can’t book tickets for trains from regional UK destinations other than St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International stations|
Eurostar to Antibes
Eurostar is one of the operating companies that make up the Rail Europe network. There are some advantages on booking and buying your tickets directly through www.eurostar.com
|Pros of booking via Eurostar||Cons of booking via Eurostar|
|Visit Eurostar's website|
|No postage costs for tickets||Can’t book overnight TGV trains (daytime only)|
|Tickets can be purchased with non UK credit cards with no fee||Can’t book journeys with stopovers (direct only)|
|Choose specific seats on Eurostar|
|Book train tickets from almost any UK regional train station (through-ticket). [More info on through tickets]|