Nice - Ventimiglia day trip: TER ticket validity

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  1. Fawkes Cat

    Fawkes Cat Member

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    I hope this is in the right place - mods please move if necessary.

    We’re thinking of taking a day trip from Nice to Ventimiglia. Could someone advise if tickets on the TER (I.e. French local) trains are valid on any train or whether they are restricted to a specific one.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Bletchleyite

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    I believe TER tickets are not train specific, but don't forget to composter (stamp) your ticket before boarding!
     
  4. duesselmartin

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    Exact. Any TER, no SW Thello and stamp the ticket.
    Sit on the right hand side for the best view. If you have time Monaco Montecarlo station is worth exploring.
     
  5. Fawkes Cat

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    Many thanks.
     
  6. Puppetfinger

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    Made this trip a few years ago, beautiful scenery, especially from Monaco to Ventimiglia.

    However do check the local situation in Ventimiglia, there was a considerable number of migrants there, and a major problem in Ventimiglia with migrants trying to board the train to get to France. Having exited the station we didn't really feel safe and immediately went back in and boarded the Train back to France, very sad.

    A definite recommendation for Monaco though, a very enjoyable time had there, and also not as pricey as you would like. Beaulieu-sur-Mer was also very nice and served by the train.
     
  7. citycat

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    If you have the time, might be worth continuing along the coast on a local service to Diano Marina or Alassio. Both quaint Italian resorts.
     
  8. Jamesrob637

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    Villefranche-sur-Mer where if I hadn't been seeing someone at the time I'd have asked a girl whom I met on the beach for a date. In fact I should have; my life may have been better for it. Damn exes...

    Double-deckers ruled the roost back then but there was also some old non air-conditioned stock in push-pull mode, chiefly in peak hours.
     
  9. sheff1

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    As stated, the full price tickets are valid on any train, but if you are under 26 or over 60 cheaper tickets are available outside of peak times. These is no requirement to hold any sort of railcard to qualify for the reduced rate.
     
  10. ag51ruk

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    Did this in the 80s but it's more difficult now as the new line is much further away from the coast so Diano station is a bus or long walk away from Diano Marina itself
     
  11. citycat

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    What? There is a completely new line and new station at Diano Marina? When did that open?

    Edit: Just seen, open since December 2016. I never knew that.
     
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    It’s between Andora and Imperia. Sad but true. Since december 2016.
     
  13. rf_ioliver

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    Consider doing the route: Nice -> Ventimiglia -> Breil-sur-Roya -> Nice .

    I did this quite a few years ago. There's only 2 trains per day Ventimiglia-Breil but the scenery is amazing to and from Breil!

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  14. MarcVD

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    Did that some 15 years ago, but clockwise, Nice-Breil-Coni-Breil-Ventimiglia-Nice. Not sure you can still do that today, with the slow speed orders and reduced frequencies that plague those lines today. It was quite a lovely trip, notably with the french X2100/2200 DMUs that offer a forward view to passengers. Had my three boys with me at that time, a memorable day. When we were there, we also did Nice-Digne and back on the Chemins de fer de Provence, and Aix-Grenoble on the way back home (with my wife driving the car with all our luggage...). Good ol' times...
     
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    Agree. Go on beyond Breil to Fontan-Saorgue or Tende if the timetable allows.
     
  16. AlbertBeale

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    Although the any-train regional (TER) tickets aren't valid on the Thello international trains, you can officially use the latter trains for internal journeys in France - it's just that getting the tickets and having them accepted is rather fun... see https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/buying-international-tickets.184134/#post-4112529 for the interesting time I had once.
     
  17. citycat

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    Aah, I cannot believe the old Diano Marina station has closed. Many a happy hour was spent there on family holidays watching the trains go by. Locals from Ventimiglia to Genoa or Milan made up with a whole assortment of grey coaching stock. The long distance trains running from the Spanish border at Hendaye all the way to Rome. The overnight trains from Nice to Rome and Venice, and the TEE’s from Milan to Avignon.

    My favorite loco was the E636 (see photo) in brown livery with its distinctive whistle style horn.

    During the summer, you would also get German charter trains in DB blue and cream. One regular overnight service that I saw pulling into Diano Marina originated in Dusseldorf according to the printed paper destination labels stuck to the doors, running to San Remo via Basel, Milan and Genoa. The train would be stabled during the day at Imperia Oneglia before returning north that evening.

    My parents trusted me enough for me to sometimes take the train back along the coast to Ventimiglia in the late afternoon, hanging out of the window as we traversed the coast line, and watch the various overnight trains for Paris, Strasbourg and Metz being shunted into the station ready to start their services.

    The first words I learned in Italian were: non attraversare i binari, carrozza con leti, carrozza aria condizionta, and e pericoloso sporgersi.

    I’m just glad I got to stand on the platform of the old Diano Marina station, hear the ting ting ting of the station bell which heralded the impending arrival of a train, and see the old FS in action before the advent of underground tunnels, high speed lines, TGV style trains and compulsory reservations.
     
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