Lonely Planet Writer

Travelling in France? Weekend train trips in Côte d'Azur to be heavily discounted for 6 weeks

In something of a six-week super sale, TER PACA, the railway company that covers Provence and the Côte d’Azur region in France, is currently offering a 40% discount on weekend train trips.

Aerial view over the city and cruise ships in the port of Monte Carlo, Monaco along the French Riviera.
Aerial view over the city and cruise ships in the port of Monte Carlo, Monaco along the French Riviera. Image by Getty Images

Its routes cover a number of major cities along the coast, including Nice, Marseille and Toulon as well as the independent city-state of Monaco. Trains also go inland to Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Grasse.

However, there are a number of stipulations for the discounted fares: tickets are only valid for a single day and passengers must buy aller-retour (return) tickets. Tickets cannot be used on high-speed TGV trains either. The offer will be available until Sunday, 19 February.

Cloister garden of the former hospital, 16th-17th century, where Vincent van Gogh was hospitalized, today Espace Van Gogh, Arles, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Cloister garden of the former hospital, 16th-17th century, where Vincent van Gogh was hospitalized, today Espace Van Gogh, Arles, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France Image by Getty Images

Highlights in the region include the remarkable forts of the Vieux Port in Marseille as well as the jumbled historic quarter of Le Panier. Arles is where Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his finest works and cut off his ear, while Aix-en-Provence is the epitome of the region with grand boulevards and café-lined streets.

Boats moored in the old port of Marseille at sunset.
Boats moored in the old port of Marseille at sunset. Image by Getty Images

For remarkable views of the Mediterranean Sea, head to the Grande Corniche near Monaco or duck into the independent city-state itself for startlingly opulent casinos. Nearby Nice boasts year-round sunshine and some startling seaside châteaux, while Grasse is the home of French perfume.



Note that tickets are can’t be exchanged and are non-refundable. Head to www.ter.sncf.com/paca for more information.



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