Getting Here and Around in St-Tropez

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Getting Here and Around

Keep in mind that while St-Tropez can be heaven, getting there can be hellish. Out on a limb, scorned by any train route, you can only get to St-Trop by car, bus, or boat (from nearby ports like St-Raphaël). Driving a car can test anyone's mettle, thanks to the crowds, the narrow roads, and the Parking du Port parking lot (opposite the bus station on Avenue du Général de Gaulle, with shuttle bus into town mid-March to October) or the new Parc des Lices (beneath the Place des Lices) in the center of town. A train-bus connection can be made if you're leaving from Nice center: take the train (direction St-Raphaël) from the Gare SNCF Nice Centre-Ville station (Av. Thiers 3635 www.voyages-sncf.com), which costs €11.70 one way; from St-Raphaël, there's daily bus service with VarLib (04–94–24–60–00 www.varlib.fr), €3 one way. Make sure you get to St-Raphaël's bus station early or you'll be elbowed out of a seat by aggressive bronzed ladies and forced to stand the whole way. Travel time from St-Raphaël to St-Tropez is 1½ hours. The other option is to take a 2½-hour boat from the Nice harbor with Trans Côte d'Azur (04–92–00–42–30 www.trans-cote-azur.com), which has daily trips from June to September and costs €55 round-trip. If you decide to rent a car, take the N98 coast road, the longest route but also the prettiest, with great picnic stops along the way.

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