How to come in and out of Cannes
This is one of the towns that I come often and is about time write a tip on how to get in and out of wonderful chic Cannes.
By the road, the best expressway or autoroute is the A8 ,also, known as the "La Provençale",with two exits or sorties Cannes-La Bocca (41) and Mougins/Cannes (42), from Aix-en-Provence to the east just to the Italian border. The famous Route Napoléon is the national road N85 that link the Golfe Juan to Grenoble,passing by city center Cannes (at rue Bivouac Napoléon), before continuing to Castellane, Digne, and Sisteron . She follows the historic route taken by Napoléon 1er and his army returning from the island of Elba in 1815. You can know more about this road at this link
The previuosly called N7 now call the route des Vacances, link Paris to Menton in 996 kms, while it passes teh town of Cannes on the west to east passing by the seaside. Today this road has different numbers such as Départementales or D6007 and 6098.
You can get good estimate of your travels here
Cannes has 9 200 parking places, of which 7 000 places are underground and 2 200 places above ground paying in both. You add 2 320 places for motocycles.
and parkings in Cannes at
best are at Croisette, République and Vauban.
on the Streets above ground the best is Roubine, here are more
by the bus in Cannes
YOu can use the region Lignes d’azur,with 60 regular lines here is their webpage
Due to recent work at the train station of Cannes the terminus for bus lines 200 - 210 - 600 - 610 - 610bis - 620 - 630 are change to the west side of the station at place de la gare ,and boulevard d'Alsace. See the site for updates on lignes d'azur.
for the bus in the region 06 you can look at the regional govt Council site here
the bus terminal is at
Place Bernard Cornut-Gentille (see photo)
or the regional transport mode Paca Mobilité
The train at Cannes has several options;
Gare SNCF - Cannes
Place de la gare - Rue Jean Jaurès
Gare SNCF - Cannes La Bocca
Rue Louis Armand
train stop station Halte ferrovière de Ranguin
train stop station Halte ferrovière Le Bosquet
Rue Joseph Flory
You can see the train stations info on TER here
or by airplane at Cannes or Nice;
Avenue Francis Tonner
Fax : 04 93 21 31 47
E-mail : email@example.com
15 mins from city center but mostly small airplanes and not much use for tourist here for info.
Aéroport international Nice-Côte d'Azur
27 kms and about 30 mins from Cannes, my favorite arrival point. Some connection from NIce,
daytime is bus 210 and nightime bus 200 to Cannes, which what I take to get to Cannes on business trips
for hiring bikes for rides in town see Loca bike agency in Cannes and elsewhere here
The city has a pedestrian zone where locals need special badge permissions to enter with the cars but tourists are free to wandered about on foot safe, these zones are in the quartier Hoche (rue du 24 août, Rue Hélène Vagliano ,and Rue Hoche) , as well as on the surrounding of the market or marché Forville.
The cruise port of Cannes
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
To Île Saint-Honorat by boat.
The company "Planaria" is the only one going to the Île Saint-Honorat ("Trans Côte d'Azur" goes to the Île Sainte-Marguerite).
Crossing the bay of Cannes to Saint-Honarat takes 20 min and offers very nice views from the upper deck so that one does not regret paying a rather high price for the ticket:
Return ticket: adult 13 €; reduced at 12 €; 6,50 € children 5 - 10 yr; Free 5 yr.
Saint-Honorat is a private Cistercian monastic island.
Tickets desk and departure at the Quai Laubeuf (west of the Vieux Port of Cannes) in front of the Hotel Radisson. There is a large parking area.
Time table departure from Cannes:
May -September: 8 h* (*only Sunday and Feast days); 9; 10; 11; 12; 14; 15; 15.50 facultative; 16.30; 17.30 h.
October - April: 8 h*; 9; 10; 11; 12; 14; 15; 16.30 h.
Return departure from Saint-Honorat Island:
May -September: 8.30 h*; 9.30; 10.30; 11.30; 12.30; 14.30; 15.30; 16.10 facultative; 17; 18 h.
October - April: : 8.30 h*; 9.30; 10.30; 11.30; 12.30; 14.30; 15.30; 17 h.Related to:
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To Île Sainte-Marguerite by boat.
There is apparently one ferry company "Trans Côte d'Azur" going to the Île Sainte-Marguerite, the island closest to Cannes and the other "Planaria" is only going to the Île Saint-Honorat.
Crossing the bay of Cannes to Sainte-Marguerite takes only 15 min but it offers very nice views from the upper deck so that one does not regret paying a rather high price for the ticket:
Return ticket: adult 12 €; reduced at 10 € for youngsters 11 - 14 yr, students 18 - 25, seniors 65 yr.
6,50 € children 5 - 10 yr; Free 5 yr.
Tickets desk and departure at the Quai Laubeuf (west of the Vieux Port). There is a large parking area.
The arrival quay Débarcadère on the island is about 400 m west of the fortress. There are two snacks and 2 restaurants in that area as well as a toilet.
Time table departure from Cannes:
07.30 h (except Sundays between 1/11 and 1/04), 09.00; 09.30 ²; 10.00; 10.30 ²; 11.00; 11.30 ²;12.00; 12.30 ²; 13.00 ²; 13.30 ²; 14.00; 14.30 ²; 15.00; 15.30 ²; 16.00; 16.30; 17.30 ².
² are optional/facultative departures depending on high or low season. Check at the ticket desk.
Return departure from Sainte-Marguerite Island:
07.45 h; 09.15; 10.15; 11.45; 12.15; 13.15 ²; 14.15; 15.15; 16.15; 17.00; 18.00 from April to September inclusive.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Sailing and Boating
- Castles and Palaces
Walk along the old and new in Cannes
Two walks are necessary to get a good impression of Cannes. One should be in the old town, on and around Mont Chevalier and the ruins of the castle of the Lerin-munks. The other goes along the Boulevard de la Croisette and sees the mondain side of cannes, the Cannes of the film stars and the beach life.
Beware the annual strikes
There was a one-day nationwide transportation strike just in time for the Cannes Film Festival that sent everything into a tailspin.
Luckily, I'd arrived a couple of days before the festival began, which I highly recommend 1) You avoid the strategically-timed strikes 2) You get to see the city before it becomes a madhouse.
Make sure you check with your airline (not to mention the news) about the possibility of a strike. And call the local train and bus offices before planning local travel.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Cannes can be reached various ways, int.al. by cruises. In addition to that cruises are possibility to visit Cannes and other cities around the Mediterranean Sea as well.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Luxury Travel
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