Trains in France are a convenient and efficient way to travel. Anyone taking the train to Nice will arrive at Nice Ville, the major station in the Cote d'Azur's largest city. Nice is linked to Paris via a direct TGV service, which takes just over 5 and a half hours to make the journey. Visitors from Milan can catch the Eurocity straight to Nice, which takes almost 5 hours in total, while regional trains connect Nice with Marseille and other southern French destinations. Travelers taking trains to Nice from the UK will need to catch the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to a SNCF TGV train for the next leg of their journey. Nice Ville station is located to the north of the city center, and is within easy walking distance of the city's hotel district. The station is linked to the seafront and the university via Nice's excellent tram network, which runs from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day of the week.
Nice is one of the world's great beach destinations. Set on a broad, sandy bay at the heart of the glamorous Cote d'Azur, it is filled with elegant old hotels, fine dining options and boutiques to stroll around. Historical attractions abound as well, from the spectacularly situated fortress, to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Art lovers will want to visit the engaging Matisse Museum in the north of the city, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Picasso and Rodin. The city also boasts plenty of modern art in its squares and parks. Trains to Nice are also an ideal way to explore southern France. A short bus or train ride will take visitors to famous resorts like Cannes or the medieval walled village of Eze.