A distance of approximately 92 miles (148 km) separates Aix-en-Provence from Nice, traveling east across Provence to the northeastern edge of the Cote d’Azur.
Driving is the fastest way to journey between the two, heading due west on the A8 toll road and reaching Nice in two hours. The train is an hour slower, but hugs the Mediterranean coastline for most of the trip, offering the bonus of sea views. Buses connect the two cities in under three hours.
Once in Nice, experience the city like a local with one of our walking or driving tours, from sampling the city’s gastronomy to discovering the Old Town’s hidden highlights.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours
The fastest way to get from Aix to Nice is driving due east on the major A8 toll road, which connects the cities in 2 hours. Though not a particularly scenic drive, the route allows for detours into the heart of the Var countryside and passes through the lovely town of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, worth a stop for its medieval quarter and Gothic basilica.
If speed isn’t a priority, there’s the option of following the coast along the narrow, winding D559, but this route is best broken up into two days of driving. An efficient alternative is to split the trip between the quick A8 highway and a slower loop along the coast; the D559 between Fréjus and Théoule-sur-Mer is one of the most spectacular stretches and only adds 1.5 to 2 hours on to the journey.
Once in Nice, the traffic-free city center means it’s best to park on the outskirts in one of the Parc’Azur park-and-ride lots close to the A8, which connect to stops like Vieille Ville and Jean Médecin via electric Lignes d'Azur trams.
Private transfers are also an option if budget allows. While they’re the most expensive way of making the trip, they offer all the perks of driving with none of the stress and can be used as direct door-to-door transport from Aix to Nice.
If Nice and Aix are part of a wider tour of the region, take a look at our driving itineraries—such as this 11-day self-driving tour of Provence and the French Riviera— for more ideas on routes and detours.
Duration: 3 hours
The fastest direct train (a TGV OUIGO) departs twice daily from Aix-en-Provence TGV station, reaching Nice Ville in just over 3 hours. The route hugs the Mediterranean coast for much of the trip and offers memorable views over stretches of the Cote d’Azur as it travels east.
Travelers also have the option of departing from the Gare d’Aix-de-Provence station, which is centrally located but requires a connection. The journey takes 50 minutes via TER regional trail to Marseille, followed by a 2:40 TGV to Nice Ville following the same coastal route.
Nice’s Ville station is located in the town center, a 20-minute walk from the beach. Aix’s TGV station is 20 minutes outside the Old Town and requires a further taxi or bus ride from the center. TGV and OUIGO tickets should be booked well ahead of time online for the best selection and prices.
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
The bus is a fast and economical option, taking just 3 hours from door to door, but lacks the scenic views and multiple daily departures of the train journey.
FlixBus leaves four times a day from Aix’s Krypton station (a 30-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride south of La Rotonde) and reaches Nice’s central Gare Routier station in 2:50.
Lignes Express Régionales buses leave from the central Aix-de-Provence Gare Routier station just three times a week and reach Nice Cote d’Azur (NCE) airport in just over 2 hours. These are a good choice if the airport is your final destination, but require a further 20-minute tram or taxi ride to reach the Old Town.