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    Nice to Cannes and Antibes

    by lotharscheer Updated May 29, 2014
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    Cheaper but more slow than the train is the bus nr. 200, about 1 hour to Antibes and 1.5 hours to Cannes, between 2 and 4 buses per hour, starting at Avenue Felix Faure and Rue Alberti (station Bermond), stops also at the Promenade des Anglaise (Boulevard Gambetta), continues to Cagnes sur Mer, Antibes and Cannes Gare Routiere next to train station.
    http://www.cg06.fr/fr/servir-les-habitants/deplacements/transport-collectifs/lignes-et-horaires/lignes-et-horaires/

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    Bus to Eze

    by lotharscheer Updated May 29, 2014

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    Nice Gare Routiere Saint-Jean d'Ang��ly)
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    Bus 82 and 112 (continues to Monaco) go to Eze about every hour. They start at Nice Vauban (Gare Routiere Saint-Jean d'Angély), go by there by tram T1 to Vauban, walk about 200 meter past a parking lot and throu a railway underpass, the bus will be at the 2. peron after the underpass. They have also a stop at Place Garibaldi / Rue Catherine Segurane, but you might not be able to get a seat there.

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    To the Airport by bus

    by lotharscheer Updated May 29, 2014
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    Bus 23 goes from Fallon des Fleurs, Gare SNCF, Boulevard Gambetta and Rue Dante to the Airport terminal T 1, € 1,50.
    Bus 98 goes from Riquier, Avenue Felix Faure and Rue Alberti (station Bermond), stops also at the Promenade des Anglaise and Boulevard Gambetta to the Airport terminal T 1 and 2, € 6 including transfer with other Lignes d'Azur buses.
    Bus 99 goes from Nice Gare SNCF, Avenue Thiers and Boulevard Gambetta to the Airport terminal T 1 and 2, € 6 including transfer with other Lignes d'Azur buses.
    You can get the € 6 airport, € 1,50 single tickets and € 5 unlimited one day travel at the busdriver of most Ligne d'Azure buses and at vending machines. Don´t forget to validate your ticket.

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    You must validate your bus tickets!

    by NiceLife Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    Validate your bus tickets!

    A raft of warnings that spot- fines have been upped for improper use of bus tickets. They do have inspectors and I have seen people thrown off the bus for ticket infractions. A few simple rules will help avoid any unpleasant suprises.

    1. Fines for travelling without a ticket. You are expected to pay for a ticket - its incredibly cheap - pay the driver on entry.

    2. Fines for overstaying your destination. Not a good idea.

    3. Fines for having an out of date ticket. Not a good idea.

    4. Fines for failing to validate your ticket. Because you can make further connecting bus journeys free within 74 minutes, provided it does not constitute a return journey, the system depends on date and time stamping of tickets by popping them in the little machine by the bus entrance.
    On-board inspections are becoming commonplace and the French are very keen on fines on the spot.

    The tram has more of an honour system since you can't pay the driver, so you need to buy a ticket before boarding, and validate with the on-board machines, which makes an audible sound according to whether the ticket is valid or not. The inspection system consist of a swarm of maybe a dozen uniformed inspectors who gather at tram-stops to check people on dismounting. Crude but effective.

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    Around the Riviera, take the bus!

    by NiceLife Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    Buses link all main Riviera towns
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    UPDATE April 2014!
    The Nice Gare Routiere (Bus station) closed in 2011, as part of urban renewal plans for the "Promenade du Paillon", an urban park which stretchs from the Promenade des Artes to the Promenade des Anglais. This is a major change affecting information for visitors, travel tips and the like, written prior to that date. Buses now commence their journey from a variety of points scattered around the central area of the town.

    The most important new start points are:

    Promenade des Artes, opposite the Theatre of Nice, and close to Place Garribaldi
    Bus 100 for Villefranche/ Monaco / Menton -
    Bus 81 for St Jean Cap Ferrat, including Villa Ephrussi
    Bus 82 for Eze Village

    From Albert 1er/Verdun, close to the Meridien Hotel opposite Albert 1st Gardens (see photo)
    Bus 200 for Antibes & Cannes
    Bus 400 for St Paul/Vence
    Bus 500 Grasse

    Back of Galleries Lafayette/ Giofreddo
    Various routes (15, 17) for Cimiez

    The easiest way to get between Nice and the main towns along the Riviera is the bus. TAM inter-urban buses go from Nice to Villefranche, Monaco and Menton (Route 100), to Antibes and Cannes (Route 200), Vence/ St Paul de Vence (Route 400/ 410), St Jean Cap Ferat (route 81) and 82 or 112 for Eze Village.

    The visitors key Route 100 (Nice - Menton in1h:15mins) leaves from Promenade des Artes, every fifteen minutes on weekdays, every twenty minutes on Sundays and holidays, and costs just one euro fifty flat fare. It is hugely popular due to being the main route for Monaco, and a quarter of the equivalent trainfare or less. It will often be full to the brim before it even leaves Nice, and once full, drivers will sometimes ignore people waiting at bus stops down the line, and stop only to let people off. (Cruise "Boat people" looking to undercut the cost of organised excursions to Monaco, and Eze Village, beware!)

    Buy the ticket on the bus from the driver, stating your destination and the number of passengers, offering as close to the correct fare as you can. Offering a twenty or fifty Euro note for a one euro fare doesn't always go down very well, and I have seen drivers refuse them.

    Don't expect the driver to converse in English and answer questions, and don't expect a helpful tour guide. (Sample conversation: American lady to driver: "Is this the bus for Villa Ephrussi?" Blank look. "Can you tell us which stop to get off?" Blank. "Is it far to walk?" Blank. Lady turns to friend. "He doesn't know". Friend: "No, Myrtle. He doesn't care")

    The downside? Buses finish for the day suprisingly early, most stopping at nightfall, after which there are a few infrequent night buses ("Noctambus") or you need to travel by train. Often very full, bus travellers are an easy target for pickpockets. Take extreme precautions to secure valuables when travelling. It is common to have to stand the whole journey, and compared to the train they are very slow. Cannes is over two hours by bus compared to twenty five minutes on the train.

    The bus is still the cheapest way to get around from Nice, and its fun, and you get to travel with the locals. If on the other hand you prefer your own company, being surrounded by metal you control, and happy to waste large amounts of money, there is always the fall back of car rental. Good luck finding a parking spot.

    Be warned bus travel still has an element of chance, like buses not stopping at minor bus stops despite being hailed, and raising the "complet" (full) sign to justify sailing past bus stops. The only way to be sure of boarding and possibly a seat is if you board at the very start of the route, or one of the main stops where many people will get off the bus.

    Also queuing is not orderly in France - politeness does not extend to fellow passengers - they are rivals. No matter how long you have waited first in the queue, others will immediately slip in front of you, using elbows and bare-faced cheek. People who hesitate, dither, or give way to others, ladies, the elderly, children, are considered weak and fair game. If it's crowded and you want to get on, you must be determined to fight to get on. It is war, take no prisoners.

    Once on the bus, don't be put off by "edge-hogs" - people who occupy the aisle-seat and place their bag on the empty window seat - for their own comfort and convenience. Glare at them and politely mutter "Pardon!" and insist on taking the empty seat. It beats standing.

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    Vélo Bleu (self-service bicycle rental)

    by Elainehead Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    This kind of service isn't recommended for short rides. If you want to rent one bicycle for longer trips, try a proper bicycle rental place.

    In the spirit of Paris-Nice ciclying race, my husband and I decided to try out renting the Vélo Bleu. It's easier renting them than before, because now you'll find a terminal machine for credit cards in a few stations (Old town [next to tram station Cathedrale Vieille-Ville], Place Massena, Gambetta [on Promenade des Anglais], Carras beach [on Promenade des Anglais], Saint Laurent du Var [in front of the tourist board] ), you no longer need to make a call to give your credit card number. Instructions are available in French, English and Italian. The first thing to do is choose your language, so type 1, 2 or 3, then what kind of plan (1-day for 1 € or 1 week for 5 €), how many bicycles (maximum of 5), date and month of your birth, a phone number (mobile number), your credit card and of course, your pin code to validate the registration fee* and the security deposit** of 150 € (per bicycle). As soon as you finish the procedure, you'll get your ticket with your access code.

    Each machine holds 3 bicycles, so make sure you choose the right one. Before choosing your bicycle, check if it's in good condition first and that everything is working (brakes, tires, seat, etc), then adjust the saddle. If you do it before activating the screen, it'll save you a few minutes. Activate the screen and follow the instructions. The options will be: rent a bicycle, return one, retrieve the cable lock's 4-digit combination, search for the nearest station (bicycles or space availability).

    *Keep in mind that the rate (1€=1 day, 5€=1 week, etc) IS ONLY the registration fee and IF you do not plug in your bicycle at another station before 30 minutes of use, you'll have to pay 1 € (don't forget the 1 € for the registration fee as well!) for the next 30 minutes, and the next hour 2 € more.

    For example, if you chose the 1-day option for 1€ but want to avoid paying more than that, you'll have to go to another station before 30 minutes of use, return the bicycle and pick up the same one or a new one. Then repeat the same procedure before 30 minutes of use, in another station. If the station is full, go to another one. That's why always leave enough time in order to avoid the penalty fee.

    **NOTICE: There's a security deposit of 150 € (pre-authorization) per biclycle, so to avoid the frustration of having your credit card blocked, always ensure your credit limit is available prior to renting a Vélo Bleu.

    You'll also find Vélo Bleu stations in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Cagnes-sur-mer.

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    Train stations and regional trains

    by Elainehead Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    There are 5 train stations in Nice: Saint-Roch, Riquier, Nice Ville (main one and also known as Gare SNCF Thiers), Saint Augustin and Nice CP (Chemins de Fer de Provence). If you are staying in the Port area, Riquier may be the nearest one. Saint Augustin is the nearest one from the airport.

    - The Regional Train web site only displays trains timetables. For prices, please visit the SNCF web site

    - If you are taking a local train (TER), there is no need to book in advance. However, when waiting for your train, make sure it isn't a Teoz/Corail or TGV, otherwise, an advance booking is required to get on those trains. If you are caught on one of those trains with a local train ticket, you will probably get a fine (and pay on spot - credit cards are accepted).

    - If you're visiting the French Riviera in the summer (between 1st of June and the 30th of September) and staying in Nice (or another city in the area), but planning on going (and returning on the same day) to Cannes and another city by train, I strongly advise you to buy a ZOU ! PASS (previously known as"Pass Isabelle" - it's a one-day pass with unlimited travel in the area chosen, for instance, Zou ! Pass Alpes Maritimes) for 15 Euros. Yes, you'll be able to hop on and off as many times as you want for one day. There is also a pass for families "Pass Isabelle Famille" (2 adults + 2 children under 16 years old) for 35 Euros.

    Zou!Pass (solo traveller)

    There's also a Pass Isabelle for family (2 adults + 2 kids under 16 years old), one-day pass is 35 € and/or a 3-day pass for 80 €.

    You can buy Zou ! Pass and Pass Isabelle Famille at train stations, from the SNCF website and SNCF shops.

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    Try the trams

    by Beausoleil Updated Aug 11, 2013

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    The bus system in Nice is excellent and very reasonable. But, the trams are a lot more fun. If you are doing the normal tourist things in Nice, you will undoubtedly arrive at Place Massena at some point in your travels. This is a tram stop and a great chance to hop on and do a short tour of Nice via tram. They are new and very modern and also reasonably priced.

    It has been suggested to me that people should be warned to watch for these trams. There are no barriers between track and walk or plaza so look both ways before stepping across the tracks. You have been warned. I'll try to remember to do it myself. ;^)

    Here's a web site in English to help you figure it out and then below is the Nice transportation web site for all your transportation needs in Nice. You can download a PDF file of the system if you like.
    Angloinfo Nice transport Tram web site

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    Bus fare no longer 1€ - how to save €?

    by Elainehead Written Jul 8, 2013

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    10-journey ticket (office and tram stop machine)

    From May 3, 2013 , the local buses raised their fares to 1,50€ , however it was still possible to pay only 1€ for certain locations (Monaco, Antibes, Cannes)...well, from July 1st, 2013 , those fares are now 1,50€.

    If you still want to pay only 1€, you can buy the 10-journey ticket at the buses local offices (Lignes d'Azur's shops - cash only) or at the tram stop (credit card and coins accepted).

    It seems that you can also buy a 10-journey ticket for a specific bus line (without a transfer) onboard.

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    AIRPORT TO NICE CENTER

    by Elainehead Updated Jul 8, 2013

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    BUS LINE: 23 - Saint Maurice

    Departs from: Terminal 1 - quai 6

    RATES

    SOLO Voyage (One-way single trip): 1,50 Euro

    Total trip time: Around 45 minutes depending on the traffic.

    SCHEDULE

    From Monday to Friday : Every 12 mn from 06.00 to 20.50

    Saturday : Every 14 mn from 06.30 to 20.50

    Sunday and holidays : Every 17 mn from 06.59 to 19.55

    Check the bus map network to know if it's the right bus line to get to your destination.

    ANOTHER OPTION if you're not caring a lot of luggage is to walk to the bus stop "Aéroport/Promenade" (same sidewalk as the airport) on the main boulevard just outside the airport). Leave Terminal 1 by the bus terminal and go towards the main boulevard (go to the left side of the bridge, where you'll see a stone path). There is a stone path leading to the bus stop/main boulevard. Take any bus that goes to "Gare Routière" or "Nice Centre" (buses 52, 59, 94 - bus fare: 1 Euro). Certain buses won't take any passegers such as n° 200, 400, 500.

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  • TRANSPORTATION AROUND NICE AIRPORT and RAILWAY St.

    by jj46 Written Jun 12, 2013

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    Hello, when you arrive at the airport of Nice after a long journey from the usa or distant countries it 's not always easy to go to your hotel or your apartment.
    Public transport is not easy (45 minutes to the city center of Nice, even more to the center of Cannes or Monaco).By direct bus to Cannes center :: 18 euros each passenger !
    I come 3 or 4 times by year on the riviera ( Cannes film festival,Mipcom and Miptv), for business or for a family vacation and now I reserve my transfer every time.
    It's more comfortable, faster, the driver waiting for you at the arrival gate and he helps you to carry your luggage with a reasonable and less expensive price than taxis fare.
    I have found a small company, "allo riviera mercantour transfers" ,you must book in advance.
    if you want additional information contact me,
    A good and safety journey for all .
    JJ46

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    AIRPORT TO RIQUIER TRAIN STATION

    by Elainehead Updated May 21, 2013

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    Airport of Nice

    BUS LINE: 98 - Aéroport - Riquier

    Departs from: Terminal 2 - quai 5. Terminal 1 - quai 1

    Rate: 6 Euros (one-way ticket with one connection with any Ligne d'Azur bus routes).

    Total trip time: Around 30 minutes depending on the traffic.

    SCHEDULE (Direction Gare Routière - FROM JANUARY 5, NEW BUS TERMINAL NEAR RIQUIER TRAIN STATION)

    Tous les jours = Departs every day

    Lundi à Samedi = Monday to Saturday

    Dimanche et fêtes = Sunday and holidays

    Départ T1 = Departs from Terminal 1

    Make sure you know where you're getting off (your bus stop), because if you're not paying attention, you will miss your stop (sometimes the bus driver drives too fast).

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    General Public Transportation Info/ Ticket rates

    by Elainehead Updated May 3, 2013

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    New ticket prices

    The public transport system is very dense and provides connections to all parts of the city. For further information on the buses and their schedules, please check here. If you need any help figuring out the site, please e-mail me and I'll be glad to help you.

    Bus Network Map (Acrobat Reader required to view this)

    RATES

    Tickets sold onboard buses :

    • 1 Voyage Solo (single one-way ticket with a transfer possibility within 74 minutes) : 1€50

    • Pass 1 jour (one day pass): 5Euros (unlimited travel for one day in the entire bus network, except the airport lines 98 and 99). Validate your pass everytime you get on the bus. Do not bend your pass because they won't change it if you have any problems with your pass)

    Don't forget to validate your ticket when you get inside the bus. The ticket machine is near the bus driver. Some tram stations have ticket machines at the station, otherwise they are found near the tram doors.

    Tickets available on ticket machines

    Tickets sold in the Ligne D'Azur shops.

    IMPORTANT: No bus services on May 1st.

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    AIRPORT TO NICE TRAIN STATION (Gare SNCF)

    by Elainehead Updated May 3, 2013

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    BUS LINE: 99 - Aéroport - Gare SNCF

    Departs from: Terminal 2 - quai 4. Terminal 1 - quai 1

    Rate: 6 Euros (one-way ticket that allows only one connection on any Ligne d'Azur bus routes).

    Total trip time: Around 20 minutes depending on the traffic.

    SCHEDULE (Direction Gare SNCF)

    Tous les jours = Departs every day

    Départ T1 = Departs from Terminal 1

    After 21h00 (9 PM), please take bus line 98

    Check the bus map network to know if it's the right bus line to get to your destination.

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    New bus tariffs from May 3rd, 2013

    by NiceLife Written Apr 26, 2013

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    These are copied directly from stalwart Selkie of sister site Tripadvisor.

    A new ''Aero'' ticket costing 6 euros. This will be the only ticket valid on the bus numbers 98 and 99
    This ticket will be valid for a single one way journey on the 98 or 99 and a connection within 74 minutes of travel - eg tram then bus or vice versa. The Areo ticket will be on sale on buses 98 and 99, at tram ticket machines and at the airport bus ticket offices. Validate each time

    Day pass - Pass 1 jour - price will now be 5 euros - valid on buses and trams in the NCA area EXCEPT for buses 98 and 99 and other special buses. It will be valid for a 24 hour period from first being validated. It must be validated each time a bus or tram is boarded.It will be on sold on board buses, in tram ticket machines and at lignes d'azur ticket offices

    Pass 7 jours- 7day pass - will be avalable for 15 euros.valid for 7 consecutive days travel on buses and trams in the NCA area EXCEPT for buses 98 and 99 and other special buses. Available from Tram ticket machines and at lignes d'azur ticket offices validate at each use

    Parcazur ticket will increase to 3euros - allowing a return trip with connection within 74 mins to the parcazur car park . The validated ticket is needed for exiting car park, Available from tram machines and parcazur car park machines

    Ticket Azur for travel from NCA area [within cap d'ail to cagnes sur mer to vence but not st paul de vence] and connecting to bus outside this are within 2 and a half hours will be one euro 50.
    Buy the 1euro 50 tickets from the ticket offices. You then validate the cardboard ticket as normal and or present this to the bus driver on your connection and the driver will give a paper ticket in return. For your return, ask for the ''ticket avec correspondence'' and you will be given a cardboard ticket for use within the NCA area [must be validated] and a paper ticket . Keep both tickets till the end of your journey or risk a fine

    The multi 10 - 10 journey ticket will continues to be 10 euros. This will be on sale in ticket machines and ticket offices . It can be used by multiple people- validate as many times as people traveling and once only when making a connection

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    May 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Hello everybody, can I use "One day pass" to take bus 100, 82 and 400?

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