France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Côte d'Azur (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.




Towns such as Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo along the jagged coast of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) 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 Buses 98 and 99 go directly from the airport terminals to the center of Nice, including the Gare Nice-Ville. More...


Lignes d'Azur is the public bus line that connects the 24 towns and cities along the Côte d'Azur. To encourage use of public transport, fares are low: 1 per trip in most cases, with an all-day pass available for only 4. Their useful website has versions in many languages, including English.

Local cities and towns, and the Principality of Monaco, also have their own municipal bus lines for local service.


SNCF, the French National Railways, operates trains along the Riviera and to other cities and towns in France and the Principality of Monaco.

Gare de Nice-Ville SNCF is the principal station for long-distance trains. TGV high-speed trains zoom directly between Nice and Paris.

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. Although the French Riviera is easily reached by car, and a car can be useful for touring, you may also find yourself parking the car and taking convenient local transport rather than fight the driving and parking problems.


Transport in Nice




Côte d'Azur





Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, France 

Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, Nice, France

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