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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Nice (NCE)

4 alternative options

Train

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Nimes
  3. Take the train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles
  4. Take the train from Marseille St Charles to Nice Ville

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Nice Airport

Bus via Madrid

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Niza

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice

Madrid Atocha Station to Nice by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Nice is around 18h 49m and covers a distance of around 1348 km. This includes an average layover time of around 8h 22m. The fastest journey normally takes 13h 10m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, SNCF and others, the Madrid Atocha Station to Nice service departs from Madrid Atocha Station and arrives in Nice Ville. Typically 11 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
10h 26m
Layover time:
8h 22m
Total time:
18h 49m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
13h 10m
Journey distance:
1348 km
Services per week:
11
Cheapest price:
€151
Carbon emissions:
71 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:30
Last service departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Nice walk and train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice is to bus which costs €60 - €75 and takes 19h 4m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice is to fly which takes 5h 4m and costs €45 - €150.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Nice Ville via Barcelona-Sants, Nimes and Marseille St Charles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 56m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Nice is 975 km. The road distance is 1250 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice without a car is to train which takes 12h 56m and costs €150 - €280.

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It takes approximately 5h 4m to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice, including transfers.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Nice train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice is to fly which takes 5h 4m and costs €45 - €150. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €150 - €280 and takes 12h 56m, you could also bus, which costs €60 - €75 and takes 19h 4m.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Nice Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Nice train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Nice Ville station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice.
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  • Distance: 975.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 4m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Nice, France?

Iberia, Volotea and two other airlines fly from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice via Madrid-Puerta De Atocha, Barcelona-Sants, Nimes, and Marseille St Charles in around 12h 56m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €180
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Toulouse
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€120 - €390
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€16 - €24
Rail 1st Class
€25 - €40
Train from Marseille St Charles to Nice Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Marseille St Charles to Nice Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Nice Airport
Ave. Duration
17h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Niza
Ave. Duration
19h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
alsa.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Nice is 1250 km. It takes approximately 11h 49m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Nice.

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Volotea, Swiss, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Nice Airport.

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