France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) Transport
The French Riviera is easy to reach by plane, train and car. Local and regional public transport is good—and favored for convenience.





A six-hour journey on a speedy, comfortable TGV train, or a 90-minute flight, from Paris takes you the 950km (590 miles) south to the storied beach resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera).

Towns such as Nice, Cannes, Antibes, and the Principality of Monaco along the jagged coast were once only accessible by boat, but today buses, trains, airplanes and helicopters carry travelers quickly and smoothly among the various coastal towns, and to other cities in France, Italy and beyond.

Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur

Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, the Riviera's major airport, serving both French domestic and international flights, is on the seashore 7 km (4.4 miles) southwest of the center of Nice (map); 27 km (17 miles) west of Monte Carlo, Monaco; and 28 km (17.3 miles) northeast of Cannes. More...

Lignes d'Azur Tram 2 travels directly from the airport terminals to the center of Nice. More...


Lignes d'Azur is the public transport company that connects the 24 towns and cities along the Côte d'Azur. To encourage use of public transport, fares are low: 1.50€ per trip in most cases, with a 10-trip pass available for only 10€, and a week's unlimited travel for 15€. Their website has a version in English.


SNCF, the French National Railways, operates TGV and TER trains along the Côte d'Azur and to other cities and towns in France and the Principality of Monaco.

TGV high-speed trains zoom directly between Nice and Paris.

Gare de Nice-Ville SNCF (also called Gare de Nice-Thiers) is Nice's principal station for all trains. From the Gare, Lignes d'Azur Tram 1 takes you right into the city center. More...

Gare de Nice-Ville SNCF, Nice, Côte d'Azur, France
Gare de Nice-Ville SNCF, Nice, France...


The Côte d'Azur is hemmed in by mountains, making space—including driving and parking space—in cities and towns precious. We recommend that you use public transport along the coast, and save the car for trips into the mountainous hinterland to the north.

Rental/Hire Cars

Your initial impulse may be to reserve your car for pick-up at the Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, but this is also the impulse of most other visitors, so getting through the paperwork at the airport may take more than an hour, especially in the warm months.

If possible, reserve your car for pick-up at a city-center location, then travel to that rental office by train, bus or taxi.

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Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, France 

Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, Nice, France


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