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Cannes

Getting Here

Cannes has one central train station, the Gare SNCF (Rue Jean Jaurès www.voyages-sncf.com), and it's under massive renovation until summer of 2014 so be prepared when you see the surrounding building in a state of disarray. All major trains pass through here—check out the SNCF website for times and prices—but many of the trains run the St-Raphaël–Ventimiglia route. You can also take the TGV directly from Paris (5 hrs). Cannes's main bus station, which is on Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville by the port, serves all coastal destinations. Within Cannes Bus Azur services Mandelieu La Napoue and Le Cannet, with a fare of €1. Rapides Côtes d'Azur (08–20–48–11–11 www.rca.tm.fr) runs most of the routes out of the central bus station on Place Bernard Cornut Gentille, including Nice (1½ hrs, €1), Mougins (20 mins, €1), Grasse (45 mins, €1), and Vallauris (30 mins, €1). Bus 200 goes to Nice along the coast road, stopping in all villages along the way, and to the Nice airport, every 15 to 20 minutes, weekdays, with frequent service on weekends also, for €1 each way. The 210 Airport Express goes every 30 minutes starting at 6 am via the autoroute with a travel time of 45 minutes. The last airport bus leaves Cannes at 7 pm and leaves the airport's T1 for Cannes at 8 pm. From the Gare SNCF, Lignes d'Azur goes to Grasse every 20 minutes Monday–Saturday and every hour Sunday, via Mougins (08–10–06–10–06 www.lignesdazur.com) for €1. For the big spender, Cannes also has a heliport, with a free shuttle to the center of town: Heli Air Monaco helicopters (www.heliairmonaco.com) leave from the airport in Nice—the ride takes about 6 minutes to Cannes and costs around €100, depending on the season.

Visitor Information

Cannes Tourist Office (1 Blvd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400. 04–92–99–84–22. www.cannes-destination.fr.)

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