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    Nice Tourist Train

    by Herkbert Written Sep 22, 2007

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    There is a tourist train that takes people around the city to see various sights. Many people laugh at the train, but it is a good way for people to get acquainted with the city before venturing out on their own.

    The train departs on the "Promenade des Anglais". (on the sea front), across from the "Jardin Albert 1er". Cost for an adult ticket is $6.5 EU.

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    Need a train reservation - got time, have you?

    by NiceLife Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    Nice Gare Ville SNCF , information section, reservations and bookings.

    (Cue music). " You are about to enter The Twighlight Zone , the space between light and shade, between today and tomorrow, the French National Railways. Anything can happen in the next thirty minutes." And if you're very lucky, something might...

    Look around you: thirty seats, thirty or so forlorn lost souls in Limbo, waiting silently for service, the undead, waiting for their number to come up. The clock ticks by. The number 103 blinks impassively in red neon on the display. No-one seems to be being served. You look at your ticket: 136. Number 103 left long ago, in despair. After a minute, 104 lights up. Two window lights go out as the five desks manned drop to three as staff go for their tea break. An old lady comes forward clutching ticket 104, a litany of problems follow that will occupy one desk for the next ten minutes.

    There are ticket numbers displayed above the windows, but no ticket roll to get a number, as you'd find in any supermarket. How do you get a number to join the queue?. You must queue at the information desk. Nothing tells you that. But if you ask, the young man will solemnly issue with a ticket number. Now join the undead, sit, and wait.

    They tell you you must allow at least twenty minutes to make a reservation. It took nearly forty minutes to come round to my number. Many times a number came up and the ticket holder had long since given up and left. A minute passes, and rollover, the next number, to the indifference of the staff. Good job I was in no hurry, I wanted to book the following days travel through Italy, for which "reservation obligatoire". I emerged forty minutes later clutching my booking, for some reason, feeling strangely grateful.

    The undead await service at Nice railway station.

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    Bus stop: Understanding Timetable poster

    by Elainehead Updated Nov 19, 2008

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    It is not difficult to get around in Nice by bus, as long as you know where you are going to and what bus to take.

    If you are good at deciphering bus network maps, check (Acrobat Viewer required for viewing this page):

    You can get buses itineraries and schedule at the Tourist Offices and Ligne d'Azur Offices . Each bus stop displays all the bus lines itineraries and schedules (stopping at the bus stop in question, bien sûr) also all their fare rates.

    Sometimes on the same street or avenue there are almost 2 stops beside each other, however, one bus will only stop in one of the stops, so check the bus lines numbers displayed on the stop.

    Understanding bus stop timetable
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    More bus travel knowhow

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    The Ins and Outs of Bus Travel on the French Riviera Volume 2, updated May 2011. Bus Spotters Guide: Route 200 Nice - Cannes

    Not a very catchy title for a tip is it? But there are details you need to know, as nothing here stands still. Since they dropped the fare to a flat one euro instead of around eight euro by train the huge popularity of this bus has taken its toll.

    TIP ONE "Does the bus stop here?"

    All along the main roads heading out of Nice towards Cannes or Menton you will see TAM bus stops, declaring the bus routes that stop there. 100, 200, 400 81, whatever. The bus drivers have decided that if they are fairly full (not necessarily completely full), and they don't feel like stopping, they will simply drive past stops regardless of people waiting, and stop only where a passenger inside the bus needs to get off.

    This can happen, as it did to us the other week, immediately after departing the Nice Gare Routiere. The 200 bus had filled to standing room before it had even left the bus station, so the driver took an unscheduled shortcut to the Promenade, and sailed past all bus stops without stopping, until the airport, where a load of cheapskate French air travellers boarded complete with bulky suitcases for which there is no storage. The driver then managed to avoid stopping again until virtually at Antibes, passing maybe twenty to thirty stops with folk waiting with a wagging finger "Non!" For us this had the unexpected bonus of being the fastest journey to Cannes ever, despite having to stand all the way.

    For this reason, and in order to have a fighting chance of a seat, if at all possible it is best to start your journey from the bus station, even if it means walking the extra mile. Its worth it.

    TIP TWO: Time Travel

    Do not rely on the TAM Route 200 (Cannes - Nice) or indeed any road transport to get you to Nice airport from Cannes to time. Timetables are works of fiction. The traffic build up in the Villeneuve Loubet area is reaching toxic proportions, as summer traffic mixes with shoppers heading for the out-of-town superstores, and road toll-dodgers transfer from the A8 toll road to the toll-free RN7. As tempting as that one euro fare may seem, it can cause extreme stress. A Saturday trip recently set a new slow record of two and a half hours from Cannes to Nice, most of that spent inching along between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet Marina. We were in no hurry but there were some who were bound for the airport.

    To get to the airport from Cannes, take the Airport Express coach (14 euro), or the train to Nice St Augustin (5 euro) and walk. In any event leave a wide margin of time for safety.

    TIP THREE: Beware "Edgehogs"

    Whilst some people instinctively sit in the window seat, in France it is customary - if you want both seats for yourself - to take the aisle seat and place your luggage/ coat/shopping on the window seat. The elderly are very fond of the "edgehog" tactic. Seats are precious. If the spare seat is blocked, smile sweetly stand your ground, and demand access.

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    'Heavy Overcrowding'

    by CIIK Written Aug 21, 2006

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    When we stayed in Nice, we took the chance to travel to Monaco by train, as it is a 20min-ride only.
    If you do so too, don't try to catch a train on rush-hours. The signs say: "Heavy overcrowding and heavy delay possible" - and yes, it is just like that. Trains delayed up to 1hr, angry people and sweat all over the place. Monaco looks better in the evening anyway, with all the glittering - take a train on noon and the last train home.

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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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    Nice Terminal One - Superloo!

    by NiceLife Updated May 4, 2007

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    My "warnings and dangers" highlights the dire state of
    French public (in)conveniences.

    National pride at stake, having lost the Olympics, France intends to show the world a clean pair of, er, cheeks.Exasperating contradictory people they are, the French have installed the ultimate super-loos, in Nice Airport.

    Far from the expected missing loo seat and absence of paper, I was pleasantly suprised. All seemed in place - but what followed was pure science fiction. After use, a robot arm emerges from the wall and clamps down onto the loo-seat ,kerchunk, click . I watched in amazement as the O-ring shaped seat silently revolved 360 degrees, a micro-spray cleaning and disinfecting everything in its path, zzzzkerchunk, done. Germs be afraid, very afraid. A high pressure powerflush double blast then followed, ensuring everything porcelain was gleaming white and pristine. Crikey, what next? Is a laser beam going to mistake me for a germ and - pppfftzzz - I'm toast?

    As you approach the handbasin, "the tap knows you are there". Move your hands towards water and water flows, perfect temperature. Take your hand away, it stops. Military grade precision movement sensors.

    I emerged into the terminal waiting area, cleansed, refreshed, and not a little shocked, . Revenge for Waterloo: Watercloset! The French have really excelled themselves this time. Merde!

    People Watching Factor 0. (Could get you arrested)

    Everyones gone to the loo!

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    Nice Airport and Nice St Augustin train "station"

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    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.

    Nice St Augustin

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  • Using Ligne Cote d'azur

    by tigrechat Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    If you go to Nice by air you must [unless you are a real cheapskate and use the No 23 Bus] pay 4 Euros to get into town on the 98 or 99 buses - both of which are frequent from both T1 and T2. It's also 4 euros back.You can use that ticket on day one and your new 4 Euro ticket on your last day for as many journeys as you like on those days.
    If you are going to make more than 5 journeys in the intervening period [if you are in Nice for 7 days or less ] you are better buying a 7 day pass at the outset for 15 Euros which gives you unlimited travel on all buses and which you can buy outside exit gate AO at Nice Airport.The question is ... how many times will you use the bus in - between ? If, say , you are there for 4 days, [3 nights] and on days 2 and 3 you make more than 5 trips the 7 day pass is better.Do pre plan by checking the excellent site.The bus service finishes early so you need to also check the Noctanbus schedules which aren't too bad .. once you've mastered them

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    General Public Transportation Info/ Ticket rates

    by Elainehead Updated May 3, 2013

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    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)


    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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    Another choice to see the Riviera

    by Herkbert Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    Another way to get around and see the sites along the Riviera is to book a tour. We used Azur Connection, which provided a comfortable van with a knowledgeable driver. Since this was our first time along the Cote D'Azur, it was a great way to get an overview of the sites and towns.

    There are many different tours to choose from. Ours was an all day tour that took us from Cannes to Monte Carlo; and included Antibes, St Paul de Vence, Biot, Nice, Villafranche Sur Mer and Eze. The price was about $70 EU.

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    Ligne d'Azur coastal buses

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Jun 13, 2010

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    We made extensive use of the Ligne d’Azur buses during our 5 day visit to Nice and the French Riviera in May 2009.

    The great thing about the buses is that fares are 1 Euro per journey regardless of distance travelled. It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling 100m to the next stop or if you’re travelling all the way to Cannes or Menton (both over an hour from Nice), you still pay 1 Euro.

    The two bus routes that we found most useful were:

    Route #100

    Travelling east from Nice to Menton, via Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Eze-sur-Mer and Monaco.

    Approximate journey times:

    Nice – Villefranche-sur-Mer = 15 minutes
    Nice – Monaco = 45 minutes
    Nice – Menton = 1 hour 15 minutes

    Route #200

    Travelling west from Nice to Cannes, via Cagnes-sur-Mer and Antibes.

    Approximate journey time:

    Nice – Cannes = 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Both buses run approximately every 15 minutes between 6am and 8pm, and less frequently after 8pm.

    Nice bus station is located just a few minutes walk inland from the Cours Saleya market in the old town area.

    Tickets are purchased from the driver when boarding the bus. On some occasions the driver gave us a paper receipt and on other occasions we were given a card which needed to be validated in a machine next to the driver.

    Detailed routes and timetables can be found on the excellent Ligne d’Azur website HERE

    With 1 Euro buses running from Nice right along the Cote d’Azur, there really is no excuse for not going out and exploring the French Riviera!

    Bus #200: Nice to Cannes

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    The Train Station: Gateway to the Rivera!

    by wilocrek Written Mar 26, 2008

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    From the Nice train station there are commuter trains that go up and down the Rivera to such towns as Eze, Cannes, and Antibes to name just a few. Being that its a major hub there are also trains to Paris, Venice, and Rome as well. The Train station is centrally located in Nice, about 20 minutes by foot to the beach and Old Town, and just a ten minute walk to the Russian Cathedral.

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    Taxi fares Nice Airport

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    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

    (Prices are approximate and vary within an urban area depending of setting down location)

    (The cost of the trip must appear on the taximeter)

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    Bus from the airport

    by Nice2004 Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    Unless we are taking a lot of luggage we always take the bus from the airport into Nice. You can get the 99 to the train station or the 98 to Place Massena and the Gare Routiere (Bus Station). The price has recently gone up to 4 euros and buses run regularly starting at 0600-2345 for line 98 and 0800-2100 for line 99 to the train station.

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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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