Getting Around Cannes
The best way to get around Cannes is on foot and by bus. Cannes boasts a robust public transportation network. A shuttle connects City Hall with the train station and La Croisette. For quicker, but more expensive service, you can hire a taxi, or if you prefer to drive yourself, rent a car from major companies like Sixt, Hertz and Avis France. But keep in mind, you won't be able to drive a car through historic areas where getting around by foot is best. You can also use boats to reach the Lérins Islands or areas like Monaco or Saint-Tropez. Some choose to get around town by bike or Vespa, and there are numerous options to rent bikes while visiting.
There are several ways to reach Cannes, including by car, boat, train or plane. Two airports serve the area: Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) and Cannes-Mandelieu (CEQ), both of which you can reach to and from town by shuttle, taxi or car. Cannes is also part of France's train network, and you can reach the city on TGV from Paris or on Trenitalia from Milan, Rome and Venice, Italy.
The City Palm shuttle runs a circular route to most of the top attractions in Cannes. It's available Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes. In total, there are 35 bus lines covering the city and beyond. Tickets for a ride on the city's Palm Bus network range between 0.75 and 1.50 euros (about the same in U.S. dollars) for one trip.
There are more than 150 taxis operating in Cannes. You can arrange for rides ahead of time via phone, online or a smartphone app. However, taxi rides here are expensive. A ride from the Nice airport costs approximately 80 euros (around $90). Rides around town start at 3.50 euros (approximately $4).
Cannes is full of walkable areas, including its old town, La Croisette promenade and the Rue d'Antibes. If you want a little help exploring, consider tapping the expertise of a Cannes Greeter – a local who will offer you a free guided tour. You can choose from a variety of themes on the Cannes Greeters website, ranging from architecture to nature.
There are four companies travelers can use to reach nearby destinations (such as the Lérins Islands) by boat. These include Horizon, Riviera Lines, Trans Côte d'Azur and Planaria. Prices vary by company, but on average you can expect to pay around 15 euros (about $16.50) per adult and approximately 10 euros (about $11) per child for round-trip transportation between Cannes and Sainte Marguerite Island, home of Fort Royal. Departures are generally available daily from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though the boat companies may reduce the number of departures in the winter low season. Longer trips to Monaco and Saint-Tropez are also available.
You can reach Cannes via train from a variety of cities in France and beyond, including Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Brussels and more. Gare de Cannes or Cannes-Ville is the city's main railway station. Check the TGV website for a list of routes, departure times and ticket prices.
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