Launch of the night train between Paris and Nice
Travelers from the capital could reach the French Riviera for less than 20 euros
Yesterday May 20, the French Prime Minister unveiled a night train line between Paris and Nice. Jean Castex, who was on board for the first trip on the line, left the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris on Thursday at 8:52 p.m., reaching his final destination the next morning, twelve hours later. On this occasion, he underlined the sustainable dimension of the new transport alternative and pledged to invest 100 million euros in night trains as part of France’s recovery plan.
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The sleeper between Paris and Nice has six stops, among which Marseille, Toulon and Cannes and is reputed to have multiple advantages. Firstly, it is more accessible than the TGV (high speed train) or air travel: tickets are available from 19 euros for a reclined seat, 29 euros for a second class berth and 39 euros for a first berth. .
Second, it is considered a more durable alternative to short-haul flight. According to Greenpeace data, such an airplane trip would take up to six times more energy and produce many more carbon dioxide emissions.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Castex stressed that France is paying particular attention to rail transport in its Covid recovery plan. More specifically, the country will invest 5.3 billion euros in total in infrastructure, green transition and track maintenance, accessibility and safety.
Part of this funding, up to 100 million euros, will go to night trains, to expand the existing offer of just two lines, connecting Paris to Briançon in the Southern Alps and Rodez in the southwest, informs Euractiv . Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari had previously announced that the country planned to have at least 12 such lines by the end of the decade, with a line between Paris and Tarbes set to open this year already.