We wanted to head over to Monaco for the day. Quite simply, the easiest and cheapest way to do this is to catch the #100 bus heading towards Menton (a town in France on the other side of Monaco). We had a little difficulty finding the bus stop at first since our guide book had not figured in the massive construction project nearby and the rerouting of the buses.
But we finally found the stop to pick up the #100 bus – and we wanted to start at the first stop so that we could get a seat on the right side of the bus so we could enjoy the view as we made the journey. The bus starts at Place Garibaldi, just off the square on Rue Catherine Sequrane. The first bus stop you come to on this road off the square is the one.
The bus comes approximately every 15 minutes and you cannot beat the price - €1 per person. You buy your ticket from the driver – have exact change to speed things up and tell the driver “Monaco.” The total trip took about 45 minutes as it winds along the coast through the small villages. Once you arrive in Monaco, there are three stops to choose from. We opted to get off at the first stop in Monaco (Place d’Armes) so we could start our tour of Monaco at the Palace.
Later after walking the entire country of Monaco (less than a mile wide), we caught our return #100 bus (direction Nice) up the hill near the Monte Carlo casino. Again it was €1 and we took it all the way back to the Place Garibaldi.
This is definitely one of the best deals in the French Riviera!
We arrived at the Nice airport and needed to get to our hotel near the train station in Nice (Gare de Nice-Ville pictured above). We could possibly take a train, but the buses are much more convenient, especially since we didn’t have a lot of luggage.
Just outside of Terminal 1 at the airport is the bus terminal. There are at least two buses that will go from the airport to the main train station in Nice (there may be more but we used these two). To get to the train station, we took the Express #99 bus that cost €4/person but didn’t stop until we got to the train station. It was quick and easy with plenty of room for our suitcases. This bus runs twice an hour. Purchase your tickets at the desk by the bus terminal. And a plus, that ticket is an all-day pass which you can use for other buses the rest of the day.
However, while in Nice, we noticed the #23 bus also had its destination as the airport and had a pick up in front of the train station (Gare de Nice-Ville). So on our way back to the airport, we took this bus. It was the early morning and very few people were using public transportation. The #23 has a few more buses running more often than the #99 plus the cost was cheaper at €1,30/person. While we saved a few euros, the ride took a few extra minutes because it was not an Express bus. It will end at the Terminal 1 bus terminal.
We flew in and out of the Nice Airport during our trip and found it to be an easy airport to maneuver around. We used public transportation while in Nice but then returned to the airport mid-way through our holiday to pick up our rental car since we were heading up into the mountains. Everything is well signed (in English and French) and each time there was never a problem with finding our way.
The airport has two terminals and regular free shuttle buses that run between them and the various parking areas. There is also a bus terminal at Terminal 1 with a number of buses that run through the area, including the Nice Express bus that goes direct to the Nice main train station in the city center (Gare de Nice-Ville).
While waiting for our flight, the area was very crowded with passengers, although there seemed to be enough seats. The waiting area is just small and cramped with shops and cafés all around. A nice plus was that there were plenty of notice boards with flight information so you didn’t have to walk far to get updates on your flight and/or gate.
One of the best things about flying into Nice is the view from the plane on takeoff or landing. Planes come in over the water and make some sharp turns. We arrived at sunset and it was stunning to see the sun set over the water. Our departure gave us a great view of the coast. Be sure to get a window seat and have your camera ready!
The Nice tramways turned out to be silent, spacious, quite cheap means of transportation, though you can’t get everywhere. But I stayed in Comte de Nice Hotel, close to Av. Jean-Médecin, so I used them several times to get to Garibaldi Square.
You may want to try Train des Merveilles, it will take you to Sospel
They even have guiding in English
Be sure to come early - lots of people on the train.
If you want to make a lop and visit Vintmille, too, 'Isabelle pass' may come in handy. Unlimited travel 'Fréjus à Vintimille, de Cannes à Grasse et de Nice à Tende & Vievola' - that means everywhere along the coast and into the mountains, costs 14 euro, valid 1 day
I regularly travel to Nice and the big issue is going to Juan-les-Pins when arriving at the airport.
There is a bus, however I would still have to lug my suitcase from the bus stop to my destination.
Thanks to MARTINE ( see her review below) I contacted Mr.Laval at email@example.com.
Perfect solution at a reasonable price.
I used the same service for my return to the airport.
Read more: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Provence_Alpes_Cote_dAzur/Nice-100528/Transportation-Nice-TG-C-1.html#ixzz1u0nNolfM
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, 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 change 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 a new one. Then repeat the same procedure before 30 minutes of use, in another station. If the station is full, activate the terminal and check the nearest one with a free space, and then you'll get free extra 15 minutes.
**NOTICE: There's a security deposit of 150 € 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.
At last, the general council of Alpes Maritimes has come up with an online journey planner. So far, it's only available in French, English and Italian languages (to choose English or Italian, all you have to do is click on the respective flag at the top-right of the website).
It's very straighforward, but if you don't know the area very well and would like to know more about the bus stop (where to get off), you may want to check a map of the bus/train network. If the network map wasn't much of help, try also checking Google Maps.
When you look at the official website of the Nice Airport for the taxis you will find a price indication of 67 - 72 € for a trip Nice airport to Cannes.
This is a minimum theoretical price because there are following possible "SUPPLEMENTS"
Day rate (7am to 7pm) : €1.72 .
- Night rate (7pm to 7am + Sundays and bank holidays) : €2.28.
- Pick-up charge : €2.90.
- Waiting time or slow driving per hour : €28.20
Per suitcase : €0.74.
- Trunk or big package : €1.36.
- Animal (excluding guide dog) : €1.36.
- Airport surcharge : €1.51.
- Surcharge for 4th passenger : €1.46.
- Surcharge for snow/ice : 10%. (rather exceptional for Cannes!)
- Plus motorway toll fees.
Furthermore Cannes is not small so that if your hotel is along the seaside you have to cross the city and you will pay 85 - 90 €.
There are cheaper and less comfortable ways to reach Cannes than a taxi. If you are two or three with luggage the cost/comfort ratio is not that bad anymore.
Bus 23 goes from Fallon des Fleurs, Gare SNCF, Boulevard Gambetta and Rue Dante to the Airport terminal T 1, € 1.
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, € 4 one day unlimited travel with Lignes d'Azur city transport.
Bus 99 goes from Nice Gare SNCF, Avenue Thiers and Boulevard Gambetta to the Airport terminal T 1 and 2, € 4 one day unlimited travel with Lignes d'Azur city transport.
You can get the € 4 airport and unlimited one day travel at the busdriver of most Ligne d'Azure buses and at vending machines.
Cheaper but more slow than the train is the bus nr. 200, € 1 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.
Bus 82 and 112 (continues to Monaco) go to Eze about every hour € 1 (Nice city tarif including 70 minutes of bus or tram in Nice, or € 4 unlimited bus and tram for 1 day in Nice including the airport bus). 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.
French people travel more and more with the so called "covoiturage" - www.covoiturage.fr. This is like a car share and when someone offers you a place in their car to bring you to a destination, where both of you would like to go.
The website is in French but people who offer covoiturage might speak English.
Airport Taxi Information
Typical Fares 2011
Destinations / Destinations Jour (7:00 / 19:00) Nuit (19:00 / 7:00)
Antibes 49 - 55 55 - 65
Auron / Isola / Valberg 167 - 186 180 - 202
Beaulieu sur Mer 45 - 50 49 - 55
Cannes 67 - 72 69 - 85
Fréjus / St Raphaël 117 - 159 138 - 175
Grasse 69 - 79 74 - 90
Juan-les-Pins 50 - 55 55 - 65
Menton 75 - 85 85 - 95
Monaco 69 - 74 79 - 90
Mougins 58 - 63 63 - 74
Nice Centre 22 - 30 27 - 32
Opio (Club Med) 63 - 69 74 - 79
San Remo 133 - 159 170 - 185
Sophia Antipolis 49 - 55 55 - 65
St-Jean Cap Ferrat 45 - 55 55 - 65
St Paul - Vence 42 - 47 53 - 58
St-Tropez 234 - 266 258 - 276
Valbonne 55 - 30 65 - 72
Villefranche-sur-Mer 45 - 50 49 - 55
Tarif A / Fare A 0,78
Tarif B / Fare B 1,04
Tarif C / Fare C 1,56
Tarif D / Fare D 2,08
Attente ou marche lente à l’heure / Waiting period or slow driving per hour 24,70
Suppléments / Supplements EURO
Little parcel carried by the client himself (each) Free
Colis moyen type valise (l’unité )/ Medium-sized parcel like suitcase (each) 0,65
Big parcel like trunk or baby carriage (each)
Per animal (except seeing eye dogs) 1,20
Surcharge for departure from the airport 1,34
Surcharge for the 4th person 1,30
Surcharge for icy or snowy roads (not to exceed Rate C)
Autoroute et taxe stradale uniquement en charge
Tools not included only with load
Minimum de perception / Minimum fare 5,50
PRIX INDICATIFS 2006 TYPICAL FARES
(Prices are approximate and vary within an urban area depending of setting down location)
(The cost of the trip must appear on the taximeter)
People often ask if its possible to catch a train to/ from the airport, and the answer is "yes, but"
The main railway line between Menton and Cannes has a stop "Nice, St Augustin" ( Bd. Edouard Grinda) which is officially the Nice airport stop. However its near the airport, not at the airport, and not very near at that. Experienced local travellers use it because it avoids the risk of traffic snarl ups that occasionally happen between Antibes and Nice, and they know the route to Terminal one via subways, road crossings and around the large Arenas office blocks. Its also the best way to access stops towards Italy past Nice, such as Villefranche and Beaulieu
From Terminal 1 :
- Exit at arrivals, Gate A1.
- Cross along the pedestrian way towards "Arénas", under the RN98 bridge (Passage de la Caravelle).
- Cross Av. Lindbergh and turn left (Lycée hôtelier Paul Augier).
- Turn right (Bd. René Cassin), to the traffic light.
- Cross to the left, under the SNCF railway bridge (Route de Grenoble), then turn right (Av. Edouard Grinda).
Its a very small station about a half mile 15 minute walk from Terminal One, as long as you don't get lost - the signposting is non-existent. The station is often deserted - when not staffed you must buy tickets from machines which require coins and not notes, so make sure you have picked up some change at the airport as there are no shops at the station. If your flight is arriving at Terminal Two (EasyJet) , take the free shuttle to Terminal One and walk from there - it's not practical to walk from Terminal Two to the station.
Also you must ensure your train is of the stopping at all stations when going to the airport this way - not all trains out of Nice and Cannes stop at St Augustin.
That said, its not too difficult a connection provided you know what to expect
The local Lignes d'Azur stopping bus route 23 ( early am until around 21:00, every ten or so minutes) from Terminal One to Nice SNCF (and beyond) has added a stop for Nice St Augustin. brings you within 50 yards of the Nice-bound platform. Alternatively, take the free navette From T1 to Lycee Hotelier and you will see the railway line in front of you - follow it towards Nice 500 yards and you will see the station.
Don't think of asking a taxi to take you there. Taxi drivers pay a huge amount for a license to operate from the airport, and depend on fares to Nice, Cannes Monaco or even St Tropez for a living. They won't give up their place in the taxi queue for a short local trip.