The Côte d’Azur is in southern Europe in the extreme south-east of France. Plane, train, car… Wondering how to get to the Côte d’Azur? Different modes of transport are available! We explain everything here! Then, it’s up to you to choose.
Coming to the Côte d’Azur by air
Flying is the fastest way to get to the Côte d’Azur!
With 13.3 million passengers, Nice Airport is France’s leading international airport after Paris. In the summer season, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has connections to more than 117 direct destinations in 40 countries on 57 scheduled airlines. The airport directly serves the major cities in France (Paris is 1h15 away), Europe (Brussels, Geneva, London, etc.) and internationally (New York, Dubai, Moscow, etc.). The airport has a range of offers including classic regular airlines and low-cost airlines. The Air France KLM Group offers up to 349 weekly flights. With 6 daily flights to the Charles de Gaulle Airport hub, Air France offers access to the Côte d’Azur from more than 225 cities around the world. Toulon-Hyères Airport serves several French and European cities. Among them: Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Brest, Ajaccio and Bastia directly, and Brussels, Geneva, London and more. The Côte d’Azur has two other airports: Cannes – Mandelieu Airport et Saint-Tropez Gulf Airport.
Coming to the Côte d’Azur by train!
Although slower than air travel, rail is a very practical means of transport!
SNCF’s high-speed and express trains (TGV, Coral Trains) connect the Côte d’Azur to all French regions and all major European cities. The Mediterranean TGV allows you to travel from Paris to Toulon in 4 hours, from Paris to Cannes in 5 hours and from Paris to Nice in 5 hours and 25 minutes. The Côte d’Azur TGV stations are as follows: Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Toulon. Would you like to know more about schedules and rates? Visit the website of Oui SNCF or contact by phone on 36 35 (from France) or 33 (0) 8 92 35 35 35 35. From Italy, Thello allows you to easily reach the Côte d’Azur. As an indication, the Milan-Nice trip costs from €15 per person, in 2nd class. More information on the website Thello.
Coming to the Côte d’Azur by car or bus!
The Côte d’Azur, served by the A8 motorway, has an extremely well developed road network!
The Côte d’Azur is connected to the whole of Europe by a major network of motorways. The A8 motorway, coming from Aix-en-Provence in the west and the Italian border in the east, serves the Côte d’Azur. Nice is 930 kilometres from Paris, it is a 9h30 drive taking the A6, A7 and A8 motorways. Again from Paris to Hyères or Saint-Raphaël, allow 8 hours. Here are some distances to Nice: Milan 320 kilometres, Geneva 630 kilometres, Barcelona 670 kilometres, Rome 710 kilometres, Munich 810 kilometres, Brussels 1220 kilometres and Amsterdam 1400 kilometres. Choose the best itinerary with Waze !
As an indication, please note that bus companies also offer regular connections to the Côte d’Azur (Toulon, Hyères, Fréjus, Cannes, Nice, and more.), such as Eurolines, OuiBus or FlixBus.
Coming to the Côte d’Azur by sea
The Côte d’Azur has a multitude of ports between Menton and Hyères!
The ports of Nice, Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco and Toulon are the Mediterranean ports of call for the major cruise lines. Their terminals, in the heart of the city, provide immediate access to the central shopping and walking areas. With nearly 40 marinas all along the Mediterranean coast, it is possible to book a berth in port on the Côte d’Azur during your stopover. Different types of contracts are available depending on the size of your boat and the length of stopover. Go to the website Riviera Ports.
From Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, Corsica Ferries companies provide regular services to Nice and Toulon..