Paris to Nimes: Taking the High-Speed TGV to Roman Architecture


Nestled in Provence you will find the city of Nîmes – an iconic Roman city, in France.  You can travel from Paris to Nimes, on a high-speed TGV train, in just under three hours.

Arena of Nimes
Arena of Nimes. Image © Wolfgang Staudt

Exploring the Arena of Nimes

In this small town, you’ll discover the best preserved amphitheatre of the Roman era (outside the Coliseum – of course!). Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century A.D, the Arena of Nimes is a marvelous display of the level of precision & perfection attained by Roman engineers. During Roman times, the arena served as a structure for public punishment, hunts and tournaments of gladiators – very much like the Coliseum in Rome. Today, the arena is used for concerts, sporting events, and even the setting for some movies! Can you imagine how wrestlers of the WWE felt when they performed in the arena back in 2009 and 2011 – wrestling in an arena where hundreds of years ago gladiators fought to the death? Must have been pretty surreal!

Roof of the Maison Carrée Nimes France
Roof of the Maison Carrée, Nimes, France © Astrida Valigorsky

Get Inspired at the Carré d’Art

The theater alone brings visitors to this town, but there’s much more to see. So much so, that Picasso felt inspired to live and work here. Come view an incredible display of architectural styles, 18th century gardens and contemporary art houses like the Carré d’Art.

Housed in a Norman Foster building, this center over the years has exhibited numerous modern and local artists. The Carré d’Art houses both a multimedia library and the contemporary art museum, which provides a welcoming venue for visitors. Opened in the early 90’s, the museum holds over 400 pieces of art and covers the period 1960 to the present day.

Nimes Quai de la fontaine
Nîmes-Quai de La Fontaine. Image ©Eugene Regis

Paris to Nimes by Train

Getting to Nimes couldn’t be easier on a high-speed TGV train. Traveling at speeds of up to 200 mph, the TGV is a sleek and comfy way to make your way through France. Travel from Paris to Nimes takes under 3 hours on the direct TGV train, and fares start at $112 per person (which includes your seat reservation).

Traveling throughout the country with a France Rail Pass? The Paris to Nimes route would be included with your pass, you just pay the additional supplement for the reservation (from $11 per person).

You can reach Nimes from several cities in France such as Marseille, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier and more, all under an hour away by train from Nimes.

Use our interactive map to help plan your journey in France, simply choose a starting city and select how much time you’d like to be on the train and our system will display a list of options that match your request – you may find cities you hadn’t considered are just minutes away from where you’ll be traveling, allowing you to see even more of France than you thought possible!

This is the beauty of art – and travel. Fresh looks at new destinations, and with the train, new horizons around every high-speed corner.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Avatar Stephen Mayor says:

    It would be helpful if a link to prices was provided.

  2. Avatar Luella says:

    Weeeee, what a quick and easy soluiton.

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