Getting Around Nice & Cannes

Getting Around Nice

Nice's international airport, Aéroport International Nice-Côte d'Azur is about 6km west of the city centre. Over 40 national and international airlines fly in and out of Nice, and services to Paris are very frequent. Regular buses shuttle between the airport and city.

If you'd rather travel by rail, there are fast trains running all along the coast and an infrequent TGV (high-speed train) service to Paris - you may find it quicker to catch a train to Marseille and change there. Nice's main train station, Gare Nice Ville is 1.2km north of the beach. There are fast and frequent services to towns up and down the coast from St-Raphaël to Ventimiglia (across the Italian border), including stops at: Antibes, Cannes, Menton, Monaco and St-Raphaël.

Several bus companies link Nice with domestic and international destinations. Some two dozen bus companies stop at the intercity bus station on blvd Jean Jaurès. There are slow but frequent services to Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Menton and Monaco. Hourly buses run to Vence and St-Paul de Vence.

Regular ferries sail from Nice to Corsica. You can get tickets from the SNCM office at the ferry terminal or try a travel agency in town.

Buses operate frequent services around the city. Bicycles, rollerblades and motorbikes can be rented also. The main tourist office (beside the gare SNCF on avenue Thiers) provides information on all transport options.

The nearest international airport is in Nice (27 kms away). The bus from Nice to Cannes is tortuously slow, stopping at every point on the way and taking the best part of an hour and forty minutes - your better option is 40 minutes on the train.

Getting Around Cannes

Cannes is on the high-speed TGV rail network and there are direct services to Paris, Nice and Marseille. The train station is on rue Jean-Jaurès, five blocks north of the Palais des Festivals on the seafront. The tourist offices at the train station and in the Palais des Festivals provide information on travelling to nearby French Riviera and inland destinations.

Cannes is very compact and easy to get around by foot. If you arrive by car, be aware that parking in the old part of town is very difficult. It´s best to use one of the larger car parks.
The A8 motoway runs all the way from Paris to Italy, via Cannes.