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:
Transport or Accomodation ?...
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....
How to get in and out -Avignon
Avignon is a hub of transport for the area, and you will do well in choosing it at least for a base to visit the beautiful Vauclouse and the valley of the Luberon. The town has two train stations, one for the TGV proposing as of now between 50 and 60 trains per day, an airport with 24 flights per week with Paris. In town you have over 7000 places of parking with 4345 free!. the lover of the bicycle could run over 110 km of cyclacle routes and 1000 places of parking secured. The town counts with 23 lines of regular Schedule buses.
I have another tip for driving so will skip that here,and concentrate on the public transport.
There is a train station in city center that still has some tGV arriving but now more concentrated on local lines TER. It is at Boulevard Saint-Roch, here it is for location
the site for schedules is here in French as well
The TGV station is located at the zone de Courtine ,about 10 minutes from the historic center of the town. The station put Avignon with Paris in about 2h38 de Paris, and 30 minutes from the center of Marseille. It, also, has connection to Roissy CDG, Nice, Toulon, Montpellier, Lyon, Dijon, Metz, Bruxelles, Lille, Rouen, Rennes, Nantes, and Genèva. It has 1850 places of parking.
It is name as such Gare TGV Méditerranée - ZI Courtine – place de l’Europe , and here it is the location
The bus there is done by TCRA ,the main station is at avenue de Lattre de Tassigny for the inter city buses
and the local bus gare routiére or bus terminal is at GTV 84 , 5,avenue Monclar. The office hours are Mondays to Fridays from 10h15 -13h ,and 14h -18h
bus ticket are at 1,30€ and you can have a special 10 tickets for 10,50€
you can use the system cityzen to park your car (parking des Italiens and République) and come into city center for free, as well as the Baladine eco vehicules
The Vélopop bike system is here handle by TCRA as well;
basic info, for the occassional user or visitor of one day or one week is ,choose your rental time in front of the machine, if it has a credit/debit card reader put your card in, if not call the number 0810 456 456, give them the telephone number to received your text message with the access code, it is a 8 digits code done.
the cost is 1€ for access, and 0,50c for each additional hour; The official site for the vélopop is here
Airport info in English is here
the cost by taxi is here about 22€ daytime and 30€ nightime to city center, and the company is
Radio Taxis Avignon
tel : 04 90 82 20 20
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
open 24 hrs 7/7
you have Entreprise, Avis and Europcar car rental companies at the airport.The nearest gas/petrol station from to airport is an Elf/total access, at Relais La Durance, Montfavet ,4316, route de Marseille - N7, 84140 Montfavet. You get here direction A7 exit/sortie 24 - On the road N7 direction Avignon → Marseille, facing the "Parcs des expositions".
the website for the taxis in town ,train stations, and airport is
in summer or winter you have the auto train, you can bring your car in the train, you ride apart,and meet thet two at Paris or Avignon.
Auto train Avignon Sud
Chemin de la Poulasse
Tel. + 33 (0)4 90 27 81 70
here is the national official info on them
- Museum Visits
- Castles and Palaces
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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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.
For the lazy few ... and pensionairs (-:
Cruiseships are always present in the mediterranean sea in front of Monaco, Nice, Cannes or Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. From the huge ships one can make numerous excursions ashore and in the evening (and morning) enjoythe magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps along the blue blue coastline.
parking, driving around Avignon
correct, you wont have a problem for parking there, they prepare it well.
you have a choice of free Parking de l’île Piot (04 32 76 22 69), that has a navette bus to city center every 8 minutes or take the one I use when in the area at Parking de l’Oratoire ,paying but easy in and out and covered. The city map section will help you, as the rest of information is in French
just in case, the parking information in French, you canuse google translator or Bing translator to do in english quite well
just in case difficult to read in French here is more
The parking in the city and near the ramparts are divided in four zones such as
white or blanche (limited to 4 hours, 0,38 eur/hour),
blue or bleue (limited to 3 hours, 0,67 eur/hour),
green or verte (limited to 2 hours, 1 eur/hour),
orange (limited to 1 heure, 2 eur/hour).
Parking de l’île Piot (04 32 76 22 69), 900 places security from 7h -20h mondays to Fridays and Saturdays from 13h30 to 20h30 free bus navette to city center every 8 minutes.
Parking des Italiens (04 32 76 24 57), 1150 places security from 7h30-à 20h30 mondays to Saturdays
Parking Limbert, 400 places
Parking de l’Épi, 45 places
Parking Saint-Michel, 330 places
Parking Saint-Roch, 550 places
Parking de l’Oulle, 765 places
Parking du Rhône, 85 places
Parking du Palais des Papes (04 90 27 50 36), 825 places
Parking des Halles (04 90 27 15 15), 580 places
Parking de la gare routière (04 90 80 74 40), 778 places
Parking SNCF (04 90 82 94 41), 88 places
Parking Saint-Charles (04 90 86 87 74), 190 places
Parking des Remparts, 160 places
Parking de l’Oratoire (04 90 86 97 09), 675 places
Parking Jean Jaurès (715 places)
You can use the park and relais like at tha parking les italiens , where you can park and take the bus cityzen to come into city center for free.Related to:
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