Cruiseboat: to Cannes and train for Monaco
The station in Cannes is in rue Jean Jaures, which runs parallel to the sea front and the Croisette about three or four blocks inland. Its about one kilometre walk from the port - around 15 minutes walk. As you leave the port follow the sea front past the Palais de Festivals with its famous red carpet, impossible to miss , and then take the next but one turn inland - rue de Serbs or rue de Belges - this will take you to the station - also impossible to miss.
The train to Monaco takes around an hour, and they are frequent - two to three an hour - but there are often small delays so don't get excited about exact times - just take the next train, bound for Ventimiglia - stopping at all stations. Some trains bound for Nice will be TGV - long fast "bullet" trains that make fewer stops, but these require a pre-booked seat reservation (extra charge) and train guards can be picky about people using them without a reserved ticket ( despite being empty!) You could take the chance to cut journey time and change at Nice -but preferably just wait for the next ordinary (TER) train.
The fare will be somewhere around 12 euro return. Expect a long wait at the station ticket desk - its often better to use a chipped Mastercard or Visa card in the machines, though they take some figuring out. The ticket desk is simpler, but tends to be used by people who have lots of questions and itinerary complications - fifteen minutes is not unknown!
Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of French railways.
Built in 1929 by a famous hotelier, Emmanuel Martinez, Hotel Martinez is a grand example of Art Déco architecture. Soon after le Martinez was inaugurated, the dominant hotels in Cannes, including le Martinez, collectively decided to no longer shut down during the summer season, thus marking the point in time when Cannes became a summer destination. From the moment it opened its doors to this day, le Martinez has offered le Carlton some tough competition for Cannes' most glamorous...
Cannes, festival town number 1 at the Cote d'Azur
Cannes attracts thousands, if not millions of visitors by festivals, exhibitions, bourses and trade fairs. This is also a reason to go to Cannes and it can also be a reason to stay away (as parking will even be more difficult for the use of space as exhibition ground). For the latest Cannes festivals and activities in this ... see website ...
Cannes - film fest ville
"Small town in the Riviera"
My next stop after Nice was Cannes, a town famed for its Cannes Film Festival every March, when hordes of film buffs, movie producers and all sorts of film stars/starlets swarm the place. At other times, its beaches also attract sunbathers and beach combers. Though not as spectacular a coastline as Nice has, it has got sandy and not shingled beaches.
"By the sandy bayside of Cannes"
Getting off the SNCF station, it's only a few minutes walk to the beautiful beach with green trees swaying to and fro, as if waving welcome to visitors. I seemed ot have felt a different sort of relaxing atmosphere in a hot afternoon in July, as compared to my Nice visit.
"Quaint little town"
The city centre of Cannes is filled with fashion shops, tratoria, hotels....so convenient for short stays. I fancy those ice cream houses and eateries that sell fresh sea food, where they display trays of oysters, ready to be opened before you and to be taken with a glass of white. That marine aroma lingers still.........