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South of France- getting around without car..

Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 05:41 PM
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South of France- getting around without car..

Is it easy to understand how to travel about Cannes, NIce, Grasse, Monaco, etc.. by way of bus or train? Is one way preferred over another?
Will this non-French speaking tourist understand what is going on while on the train/bus, etc...? Also, where do you buy the tickets? Lastly, what is the typical cost round trip from Cannes to Grasses or to Monaco??
Sorry for all of the questions....
Thank you for your help!!!!
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Going from Nice to Cannes, Monaco, and Grasse by train is easy. As for the "etc." that will depend on your destination; a combination of train and bus may be required. You buy the tickets at the train station; for typical costs see the
sncf.com web site/English version.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:43 PM
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Try different train routes on this one...then look up intermediate stops to see which towns are served:

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:27 PM
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You will be very limited in the South of France is you do not use a car. It was no problem to drive here. We loved it,we moved at our own pace. Visit emilyandjim.info and see our visit to the South of France...
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Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 08:18 PM
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Wow, beautiful pictures from Emily and Jim....
Thanks everyone for your tips...
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Old Nov 24th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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Hi S,

>where do you buy the tickets?

You can buy tickets online at www.voyages-sncf.com

Look for discounted PREMS fares about 60 days ahead of time. You can print your tickets at home.

You can also buy all of your tickets at any train station or SNCF boutique in France.

>Will this non-French speaking tourist understand what is going on while on the train/bus, etc...?<

You will find it difficult to eavesdrop.

Enjoy your visit.

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I very successfully used trains and buses to get all around the Riviera last summer. I would highly recommend staying near the train station, though, in your chosen base. (I loved Villefranche, which is essentially a suburb of Nice- although the bus and train stations were about 10 minute very steep uphill walk from the beach, and in different locations, it made it easy to choose one or the other depending on destination.) In many cases both went to Nice and then on to wherever- but it is less than 10 minutes away. Did you know you can walk to Monaco from Villefranche?! I learned that here; a fabulous tip (I took the bus back). Be sure to get the schedules at the station or TI and note that on weekends service is much more limited, so you need to plan accordingly. It is also very useful to have a good and detailed map, so you can get help if needed, language- wise, and also to follow along so you know when to get off...
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