the view from the bus goes on and on
I traveled by bus during my trip to the region, when I wasn't on foot. It is cheap and frequent to most areas. Some towns' services stop rather early, but for touring around during the daytime, it can't be beat.
Nice is the perfect base for seeing the Riviera. Arrive at the Gare Routiere and you will find buses leaving for every destination across the coast and inland. The schedules are readily available and easy to follow.
The advantage of bus travel is cost and scenic opportunities. Through most areas you are moving slow enough to not only appreciate the sights, but photograph them as well!
Although there was that time the bus was racing along a two lane stretch and had to stop suddenly to let another bus pass!
Mini-Van Tour to Monaco
Instead of driving the hazardous winding road from Nice to Monaco we took a day trip on a mini van with a driver who knew the road, a good idea I think. After showing us where Princess Grace lost her life, it seemed even a better idea. There is such spectaular scenery to miss if you're driving. We found a brochure at the hotel, called the tour company and they picked us up at the door. it was a truly international group in the van; a girl from Norway, a couple from Germany and two Australians. A great experience. Try it.
Short Flight From Paris
It's a 1 1/2 hour flight from Paris to Nice. There were wonderful views of the Alps on the flight and more spectacular views of the Riviera before we landed at the Nice Airport.
The cost of our flight was included with our "France Vacation" package. Their website is: www.francevacations.net.
Their are reduced internet fares listed on Easyjet that start at 100 Euros.Related to:
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Cruising the Beaches
A small car rental in Nice came with our travel package. We picked it up at the airport and wandered around the streets until we found our hotel. Parking is at a premium as the streets are so narrow, but it was a blast cruising the road along the Riviera. It's a great way to really see the beautiful coastline.
How to get there?
If you're flying into Paris, it may be more economical to connect via a smaller airline directly to Nice or Marseille, then rent your car in the south. Or consider a rail-drive pass with one of the larger car-rental companies, which allow a few days' rail travel and a block of car-rental time. By using the train to cover the long distances, then exploring the region in depth by car, you can make the most of both styles of transit.
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) whisks you to Provence from Paris in 3.5 hours. There are trains to Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Marseille. You can catch trains at the Charles de Gaulle airport and bypass Paris altogether.Related to:
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Avant la méthode "Kip-Caddy" , il y avait notre camping-car VW que nous avions construit nous-même.
Before our famous "Kip-Caddy" , there was our VW campingcar , which we had built by ourself.
Have scooter, will travel
What better way to travel around the Cote D'Azur then by this fabric-covered scooter! We saw this little scoot outside a shop in Nice Old Town and wanted to jump on right away!
Ride in style while you're there....
The three "Corniches"
As the Sea Alps extend towards the seashore, space for roads is limited. On the other hand, the view from each road is breathtaking. In the eastern part of the Côte d'Azur, three so-called "corniches" allow visitors to enjoy these vistas: the Basse-Corniche, the oldest of them, next to the sea, the Moyenne-Corniche from the 1920s in the middle and the Grande-Corniche (built during Napoleon's reign) high above sea level. Numerous movies were filmed here because of the sublime vistas. Every corniche is worth driving along, so you do best to take the drive several times on each one of them. Some great views can be enjoyed close to Nice, near Eze, in Beausoleil with Monaco beneath you and further east in Roquebrune and around. But basically, the views are great more or less everywhere.
While it is possible to cycle the corniches, I would advise not to do that: The traffic is heavy and the countless bends make it easy for a cyclist to be missed by car drivers, especially if both are admiring the view and not driving carefully.
The only drawback is the lack of parking possibilities: there are only very few.Related to:
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Website with the regional bus service for the Provence.
Main places include from west to east:
Arles, Fos sur Mer, Istres, Miramas, Salon de Provence, Vitrolles, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille Cantini, Marseille, La Ciotat, Aubagne.
Rates and schedules you can find under menu option Horaires et Tarifs.
You can call the information number for travel advice.
The main office is at:
368, boulevard Henri Barnier, 13016 MarseilleRelated to:
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train/bus/boat to St Tropez
yes take train to Saint-Raphaêl
then bus line 7601 to St Tropez
or can take a boat from St Raphael
Hope it helpsRelated to:
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in and around Menton bus
the train and bus station are next to each other at Avenue de Sospel.
here is the link for the local and suburbs public bus transport
and more on transport in the city page in French
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Nice Airport - Cote d'Azur
Best gateway to the Cote d'Azur for people from afar is the international airport at Nice, calles Nice-Cote d'Azur. Here two architectural beautiful terminals welcome the passengers of various airline companies. It is built on an artificial island within the mediterranean, itself already a work of constructive art.
The freedom of your "own" car
Nice-Cote d'Azur Airport offers like many other international airports the possibility to rent cars. A scala of car rental companies is waiting for you and I like to recommend Avis, that has been the company of our choice and had very good services. Our "azur" Renault "Quasimodo" (Megane, but as for the "hunchback" I nicknamed it like that) was a great car, especially for our mountain drives. Your own car makes it possible to get there where you really want to go and make a flexibel sceduel that leaves fixed times of leaving and arriving aside.
For the lucky few ... (and filthy rich)
If only I had a sailing boat and could sail along this magnificent coastline. Many yaughts lay out in the sea, the people who can afford it or the lucky few that could rent a boat or lend it from a friend.
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