Cannes, French Riviera View from Le Suquet, Cannes – Image courtesy of www.sbb.ch

How to get to Cannes

Cannes is located on the French Riviera around 24km (15mi) to the west of Nice and 78km (48mi) to the east of St Tropez.

The most convenient route to Cannes is by air to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), located 24km (15mi) from Cannes, followed by a taxi, train or bus to Cannes. Cannes is a 30-minute train or bus ride from Nice, and around 25 minutes by taxi.

By bus, CannesExpress provides a door-to-door airport shuttle service between Nice Airport and various hotels in Cannes for 20 Euros per seat. Other bus and coach services arrive at the Gare Routière de Cannes, located in the city centre near the Town Hall.

Alternatively, high-speed TGV rail services to the Gare de Cannes provide access from all major French cities, including Nice, Marseille, Lyon, and Paris (5 hours 26 minutes). Other cities with rail connections include Brussels (6 hours), Milan (5 hours), Basel (10 hours), Rome (10 hours), and Venice (10 hours).

Known as the Côte d’Azur in France, the French Riviera stretches for around 160km (99mi) along the southern Mediterranean coast of France, from St Tropez’s clothing-optional beach of Plage de Tahiti to the exclusive enclave of St Jean-Cap Ferrat, along the way encompassing the elegant resorts of Cannes, Cap d'Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice.


Flight times to Nice

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Within France: Air France offers the most convenient daily flights to Nice.

Paris to Nice is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

London to Nice is 2 hrs, direct flight
Manchester to Nice is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer the most convenient flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Dublin to Nice is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From Germany: EasyJet, Lufthansa, and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Nice.

Berlin to Nice is 2 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Nice is 1 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Nice is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Nice is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Munich to Nice is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates offers the most convenient flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Dubai to Nice is 6 hrs 55 min, direct flight


From United States: Air France, Lufthansa, American Airlines, British Airways and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient daily flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

New York to Nice is 8 hrs 10 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Nice is 11 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Nice is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Nice is 10 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Nice is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Miami to Nice is 11 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Nice is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Nice is 13 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, Air France and easyJet offer the most convenient daily flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Montreal to Nice is 7 hrs 25 min, direct flight

Toronto to Nice is 9 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Nice is 12 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Air France offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Adelaide to Nice is 22 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Nice is 22 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Nice is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Nice is 23 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Emirates offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Auckland to Nice is 27 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE).

Singapore to Nice is 15 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) is located 7km (4mi) southwest of Nice city centre. It is the principal port of arrival for visitors to the Côte d'Azur.

Bus and train services are frequent: 30 minutes to Cannes by bus and train. CannesExpress provides a door-to-door airport shuttle service between Nice Airport and various hotels in Cannes for 20 Euros per seat. Taxis are also available.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

Everything you could wish to see in Cannes is just a short walk from the palm-fringed seafront Promenade de la Croisette (or La Croisette).

Or jump aboard the white-sided Petit Train Touristique de Cannes – the train rolls around the city on rubber tires and offers two hourly itineries: One takes in the glitzy, modern Cannes from designated spots infront of the town's casinos for a ride along La Croisette and the side streets; while the other leaves the Hotel Majestic for a tour of narrow lanes of Vieux Cannes (Le Suquet). Both tours last around 45 minutes.

To travel further afield around the French Riviera, hiring a car is usually the best option. Alternatively, local buses and trains connect all the major cities and towns along the French Riviera.


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Latest update: How to get to Cannes: 22 November, 2019


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