There are 7 ways to get from Nice to Swiss Alps by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
  3. Take the train from Bellinzona to Airolo 20 / ...

$123 - $170

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Nice, Nice to Genoa, Genoa N728 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Genova - Stazione Marittima to Biasca

$97 - $138

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Bus, train  •  11 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Nice to Lugano
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo 61-Y / ...

$108 - $166

Drive  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Nice to Swiss Alps 309.8 miles

$65 - $100

Fly to Zurich, train  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Zurich (ZRH) NCE - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$119 - $347

Fly to Basel, train  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Basel (BSL) NCE - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$115 - $300

Fly to Geneva, train  •  10 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Geneva (GVA) NCE - GVA
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Brig
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt

$163 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Nice to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 5 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nice to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 55€ - 85€ and takes 5 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nice to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Gare Thiers and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Nice, Nice, Genova - Stazione Marittima, Biasca, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 57 min.

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The distance between Nice and Swiss Alps is 333 km. The road distance is 495.6 km.

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The best way to get from Nice to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 10 h 5 min and costs 100€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 10 h 5 min to get from Nice to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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Nice to Swiss Alps bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Nice, Nice station.

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The best way to get from Nice to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 10 h 5 min and costs 100€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 10 h 57 min.

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Map of how to get from Nice to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 208.4 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 5 min

What companies run services between Nice, France and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Nice to Swiss Alps via Milano Centrale, Bellinzona, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 10 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nice to Swiss Alps via Aéroport T.2, Nice, Nice, Genoa, Genoa, Genova - Stazione Marittima, Biasca, Biasca, Stazione, and Airolo, Stazione in around 10 h 57 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Flights from Nice to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Flights from Nice to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Nice to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Nice Ville to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$36 - $38
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$36 - $38
First
$57
Train from Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bellinzona to Airolo
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Erstfeld
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Andermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$40 - $50
1st Class Ticket
$70 - $85
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Nice, Nice to Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Genova - Stazione Marittima to Biasca
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Nice to Lugano
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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