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Passrider FAQ: How To Get to Nice, France from The U.S.

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A reader asks:

traveling from Charleston SC to Nice, France in January. Message What are my options out of the US for flights to NCE? Would it be better to fly somewhere else and take the train to NCE

For your trip from Charleston, SC (CHS) to Nice, France (NCE) in January, you have several options for flights. Since there are no nonstop flights from Charleston to Nice, nor from any U.S. cities, you will need to connect through a major hub either in the U.S., Canada, Middle East or Europe.

Note: In the summertime, there are nonstop flights from

  • Newark (EWR) on LaCompagnie (B0) and United (UA)
  • New York-JFK (JFK) on Delta
  • Montreal (YUL) on Air Canada (AC) and Air Transat (TS).

Here are some of your best options:

Traveling from Charleston, SC to Nice, France in January

I don’t know which airline is your airline of choice, if you’re planning a trip from Charleston, SC (CHS) to Nice, France (NCE) in January, here are your best options for flights, including some considerations for taking the train from a major European city to Nice.

Major U.S. Hubs with One-Stop Flights to Nice

  • New York City (JFK or EWR):
    • Delta Air Lines (DL) operates a non-stop flight from New York-JFK (JFK) to NCE in the summertime
    • Several European carriers, including Air France and Lufthansa, offer flights from JFK to NCE with a stop in their respective hubs (Paris or Frankfurt).
  • Atlanta (ATL):
    • Delta Air Lines offers flights to NCE via Paris (CDG) with a connection on Air France.
    • You can also connect through other major European hubs like Amsterdam (AMS) with KLM or Munich (MUC) with Lufthansa.
  • Chicago (ORD):
    • United Airlines offers connections through their Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa (via Frankfurt or Munich) or Swiss (via Zurich).
  • Washington D.C. (IAD):
    • United Airlines, in partnership with Lufthansa, Swiss, or Brussels Airlines, offers connections to NCE via Frankfurt, Munich, or Zurich.
  • Boston (BOS):
    • Several options include connections through European hubs with airlines like Air France, Lufthansa, and Swiss.

Major European Airlines with Nonstop Flights to Nice from their Hubs

  • Aegean Airlines (A3)
  • Aer Lingus (EI)
  • Air France (AF)
  • AirBaltic (BT)
  • Austrian Airlines (OS)
  • British Airways (BA)
  • Brussels Airlines (SN)
  • EasyJet Airlines (U2)
  • Eurowings (EW)
  • Finnair (AY)
  • ITA Airways (AZ)
  • Iberia Airlines (IB)
  • Icelandair (FI),
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL)
  • LOT Polish (LO)
  • Lufthansa German Airlines (LH)
  • Luxair (LG)
  • Norwegian Air International (D8)
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY)
  • Ryanair (FR)
  • Ryanair UK (RK)
  • SAS (SK)
  • Swiss Airlines (LX)
  • TAP Portugal (TP)
  • Tarom (RO)
  • Transavia (HV)
  • Transavia France (TO)
  • Tunisair (TU)
  • Turkish Airlines – Star Alliance (TK)
  • Vueling (VY)
  • Wideroe (WF)
  • Wizz Air (W6)
  • Wizz Air UK (W4)

Major Middle East Airlines with Nonstop Flights to Nice From Their Hubs

For these choices, connect to the hubs of these airlines as indicated

  • Gulf Air (GF) – Bahrain (BAH)
  • Kuwait Airways (KU) – Kuwait City, Kuwait (KWI) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  • Middle Eastern Airlines (ME) – Beirut, Lebanon (BEY)
  • Qatar Airways (QR) – Doha, Qatar (DOH)
  • Saudia Airlines (SV) – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (RUH)

Considering Train Travel

Another option is to fly into a major European city and then take a train to Nice. This could be a scenic and enjoyable part of your journey. Here are some practical routes:

  • Paris (CDG):
    • Fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and take a TGV high-speed train to Nice. The train ride takes about 5.5 to 6 hours and offers beautiful views of the French countryside and the Mediterranean coast.
  • Milan (MXP):
    • Fly into Milan Malpensa (MXP) and take a train to Nice. The train ride from Milan to Nice takes approximately 5 hours.
  • Rome (FCO):
    • Fly into Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and take a train to Nice. This journey takes longer, around 7-8 hours, but offers a scenic route through the Italian Riviera.
  • Barcelona (BCN):
    • Fly into Barcelona and take a train to Nice. The train ride from Barcelona to Nice takes around 8-9 hours.


Flying into Paris and then taking the train to Nice is often a convenient and enjoyable option due to the frequent flights and train services available. However, if you prefer minimizing travel time, connecting through a major U.S. hub with a one-stop flight to Nice might be the best choice. Comparing flight prices, travel time, and your personal preferences for train travel or nonstop flights and your airline agreements will help you decide the best route.

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