Bus Travel

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Bus Travel

Note that the quickest way to get around by public transportation is the great coastal train line that connects the main cities and many villages from Cannes to Menton, but if you want to explore more remote villages, you can take a bus out of Cannes, Nice, Antibes, or Menton. Rapides Côte d'Azur (04–93–85–64–44 www.rca.tm.fr) runs Bus No. 100, which departs every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday €1 one-way (between 6 am and 8 pm) making stops from Nice to Menton. For the villages on the Moyenne Corniche, take Bus No. 112, which departs from Nice Vauban six times a day (three times on Sunday). Lignes d'Azur (www.lignesdazur.com) runs buses to 24 different communes in the Alpes Maritimes for the bargain price of €1 one-way (except the express Nice airport Bus 99 or 98, which costs €4).

You can catch a bus from the Antibes bus station at 1 Pl. Guynemer, connecting with Nice (express bus every half hour, 20 mins), Biot (25 mins), and Cannes (30 mins). You can also take a bus from Antibes to Vallauris (every 30 mins). The new Envibus line (04–89–87–72–00 www.envibus.fr), which originates in Antibes, covers Antibes and Biot, then heads into the hills. Cagnes-sur-Mer is one of the coastal towns served by train, but you can easily connect with nearby St-Paul-de-Vence and Vence using Bus. No. 400, with departures every 30 minutes from Cagnes Ville's bus stop Square Bourdet. St-Tropez's Gare Routière is on Avenue du Général de Gaulle and has bus routes run by VarLib (08–10–00–61–77 www.varlib.fr) to and from St-Raphaël (1½ hrs, 3 daily in summer; €2), the town with the nearest railway station, with stops in Port Grimaud and Fréjus (1 hr, €2). In high season, traffic can lead to two-plus-hour bus rides, so if you arrive in St-Raphaël, it may be best to hop on the shuttle boats that connect the two ports.

In Monaco, CAM (377/97–70–22–22 www.cam.mc) runs six bus lines with service throughout the principality. You can purchase the €1 ticket or €3 all-day pass from the driver or at the main station on 3 avenue du President J.F. Kennedy. CAM's bateau (boat) bus (€1) crosses the port 8 am–8 pm and connects with their bus line.

Nice bus stations are spread across the city, in: Vaubun (north and regional buses to Marseille, Aix); Gare SNCF; Place Blanqui (airport bus); Station J. Bermond (main hub); Cathédrale Vieille Ville; Alberti/Gioffredo and Albert 1er. A comprehensive listing of all bus routes is at www.cg06.fr. Click on Servir-les-habitants;Deplacements;Transport collectifs;Lignes et horaires

Contacts

Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco (377/97–70–22–22. www.cam.mc.)

Envibus. Antibes, Juans-les-Pins, Biot, Valbonne, Saint-Paul, and Gordon. 04–89–87–72–00. www.envibus.fr.

Lignes d'Azur. Urban routes in Nice and the Côte d'Azur including Beaulieu, Eze, Nice, Vence, Villefranche etc., and the Nice tram. 08–10–06–10–06. www.lignesdazur.com.

Rapides Côte d'Azur. Destinations for these express buses, which travel along the A8 highway, include Nice Monaco, and Cannes. 04–93–85–64–44. www.rca.tm.fr.

Aeroport Nice-Cote d'Azur (06206. 08-20-42-33-33. www.nice.aeroport.fr.)

SNCF (36–35 €0.34 per min. www.sncf.com.)

TGV (36–35 €0.34 per min. www.tgv.com.)

VarLib. Included in the 248 routes between Var municipalities are Toulon, Draguignan, Fréjus-St-Raphaël, and St-Tropez, with links to smaller villages between. 08–10–00–61–77. www.varlib.fr.

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