Driving and Parking in the C�te d'Azur

Old Apr 21st, 2003, 06:06 AM
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Driving and Parking in the C�te d'Azur

Does anyone know how parking will be in the C�te d'Azur? We will be staying in Nice(in late May), and going to some of the following places:

St-Paul-de-vence
Eze
Monaco
Cannes
Antibes

How much will I expect to pay at parking lots? are they easy to find. We will not be there during the Cannes Film Festival or the Monaco GrandPRix(the 3 nights we are there are between the events)
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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 07:17 AM
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Hi dgruzew,

I don't remember costs at all. Both Monaco and Cannes have huge multi-level car parks. I can't remember whether you get a ticket coming in & then pay going out or whether you have to "pay and display"-meaning go to a machine, buy a ticket for a certain number of hours and display it in your front window.

In St Paul there is open public parking just outside the walled village (you can't drive inside the village unless you're a resident). It gets filled up very quickly. It is (or was when I was last there) pay and display. I believe there's also a separate parking area for the Fondation Maeght which is before you get into St Paul. If you happen to be eating at the Colombe D'Or, they have their own parking area (actually 2 areas).

In Eze, there is more parking in Eze sur Mer (below) but then you have to climb up! Can't tell you about Antibes. We've always gone to a particular place (hotel, restaurant, beach) that had it's own parking.
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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 08:00 AM
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mclaurie,

Thanks for your help. Does anyone know how much parking will cost? I am trying to figure out a budget. Is parking much more expenisve in the bigger cities (monaco - nice) compared to the small villages?
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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 08:13 AM
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Dgruzew, like mclaurie, I can't remember exactly what we paid for parking but if it were significantly more than paid parking anywhere we've traveled, or at home, I would have remembered. Antibes has multiple lots which ticket you on entry, you pay at machines in the lot, then exit with receipt from machine. I believe we found free parking at Eze sur Mer.
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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 08:41 AM
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I've driven to St-Paul-de-Vence but can't recall the parking situation (cost, how crowded) there.

In Antibes, I remember finding parking on a street by the water/a marina, fairly close to the old town, and I believe it was free. I'm sure Antibes has numerous easy-to-find pay parking lots.

I've always found on-street parking in Monaco (the Monte Carlo section, that is) close to the casino. I don't recall paying, but that may be because meters don't run in the evening, which is when I've always been there. For "The Rock" -- the section of Monaco with the palace -- there's a huge pay parking lot and it's very easy to find.

Have not been to Cannes.

At Eze Village there is a pay parking lot a short hike from the village entrance, right off the Moyenne Corniche road. It can get full during the day, but I've never had a problem finding a spot later in the day. As I recall, it's 1 euro per hour, or maybe half-hour.
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Hi

Parking costs in CdA are relatively reasonable.

Late May is not too bad.
July / August is another story !

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Old Apr 21st, 2003, 02:24 PM
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Parking on the Cote d'Azur costs much less than in US cities like New York or Chicago. Parking for Eze and St. Paul de Vence was free. In Monte Carlo there is parking underground right near the casino. Inexpensive. In Antibes we parked for free on the street. Just drive around and don't worry.
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Was there a year ago; in Monaco we came in off the highway and into the centre right near the casino...just followed the signs to the underground parking. You took your ticket and then upon leaving put it into a machine which told you how much you owed. I believe it was about $10 for the day. In Eze we just parked for free in the huge lot, in Antibes we drove around and always got free parking on the street near the old walls. Another time there was a huge lot just by the harbour; think it was free too. We stayed in Cannes and had a deal with our hotel's use of an underground lot at the Pantiero (right near the film festival buildings); we paid for a week with in/out privileges. There is on-street parking but I think it's hard to get a spot.
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You can't park in St Paul de Vence unless you're staying at the hotel. However, there is a parking ramp on the edge of town and there is usually alot of space. You cannot drive in Eze. It's all pedestrian walkways. However,
there is a parking lot down below the village (not that far). As far as Monaco is concerned, you need to find the parking ramp in "the Rock". Lots of space and you take an elevator to the top which will get you to the palace, town, cathedral etc. Just make sure that you pay for parking before you get your car. There are machines that tell how much you owe, you put in the money, you get the ticket back and then you insert the ticket at the exit and gate goes up. As for Cannes, we just parked on the street.
Like any big city, you just have to
look around! Can't remember how much we paid, but it's not that bad. Bonne Chance!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2003, 08:21 AM
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We were in the area last week. Parking cost about 1-2 Euros an hour during the day. Generally we did not have problems finding a spot. Get good in close quarters parking methods however.

Availability was good. May be difficult during more busy time of the year.
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We were just in Nice. Parking at a large underground facility near the old town (Massena) was 1.50 E per hour.
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At Eze it is not necessary to park at Eze Sur Mer and walk all the way up. There is another lot right up near Eze itself. We have driven and parked in the height of August season to all those places and never had a major problem (St. Paul-de-Vence was the worst though). And the prices are pretty minimal. I don't recall ever spending over 5 euro for the major part of a day -- which is less than an hour's worth of parking in most major US cities.
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