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Nice Tip: Travel the French Riviera for 1 Euro!

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Get on the bus! Photo by Ambrosiana Pictures

Nice, and the rest of the French Riviera, don’t typically make the cut when we think of a budget getaway. But, luckily for us Cheapos there are ways to make it so. When I was there this July, I found some wallet-friendly hotels, but once in the land of fois gras and rosé wine, Nice and its surroundings are every bit the luxury holiday locale you imagine.

Since I didn’t have a yacht to travel the coast (it was in the shop, of course!), I took the next best thing: the €1 Ligne d’Azur bus.

What’s that you say about €1?

That’s right. One euro gets you anywhere from Cannes to Montecarlo, and everywhere in between (price is per trip). So, for pennies, I hobnobbed from Nice to Monaco and had time to visit Cannes along the way.

At this price, you can’t exactly expect hors d’oeuvres to be served, but all buses are air conditioned, have comfy seats, and big windows from which to watch the view as you glide by. And, get this – the locals use them like they would public transport. In fact, during my ride to Montecarlo, an older woman asked me if we had gotten on the express. My elementary French was good enough to understand the question and say yes.

Before you hop on…

Nice is a major hub and there’s no need buy tickets in advance. Pay on board the bus and head to Juan les Pins, Cape d’Antibes, Antibes, or the lavender-scented Giot. Or, do as I did and visit Montecarlo for an afternoon. Cannes is also on the Ligne d’Azur’s list of bus stops. Otherwise, just hop on the Ligne’s #100 bus (also known as the Monaco Express) from Nice to Montecarlo and vice versa.

Buses leave from Nice’s Gare Routiere.

For more information, visit the Ligne d’Azur’s official web site where fares and schedules are easily accessible. Fares and schedules are available here.

About the author

Annie Shapero was born and raised in the cosmopolitan oasis of Columbia, Missouri. A call to the big city brought her to Chicago, where she pursued a degree at DePaul University's theatre conservatory. Four years of "rigorous, professional" training and a minor in Italian language led her to her next destination: Rome, a city of natural born tragedians with a flair for comedy. There she put her dreams of Broadway stardom on hold and took up a wild series of careers (including "marketing strategist" for an edible Egyptian insecticide). Eventually, she found her niche: writing for "WHERE Magazine Rome." When not in Rome, Annie hops about the Mediterranean, indulging in the local gastronomic and dance traditions. Ole´!

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4 Responses to “Nice Tip: Travel the French Riviera for 1 Euro!”

It’s amazing that more people don’t know about the bus travel. For those interested in getting from Nice airport, you can also each Cannes by bus as long as you don’t get in too late. Check here: http://cannes-or-bust.com/travel-to-cannes/#comment-135

Jeanne says:

Loved the article. However, tried researching “Giot” & nothing popped up on Google. was that a typo error. Did she mean Biot?
please advise…thnx!

Faye says:

Iwill travel to Nice in September and wonder if you have any favorite restaurants.I am travelling to Italy for 3 weeks and will return to Lyon for the return trip.
Also any tips on hotels from Perugia to Lyon. I will have a week to make the trip.
Thanks Faye
Does the bus still make the same trip to Monaco?

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