The cheapest way to get from Nice airport to Cannes

Cannes Xpress shuttle busSave money getting to Cannes

With taxis costing upwards of €100 depending on where you are staying in Cannes, it’s always worth checking the other options. If you are travelling with one or two people and have travelled a bit, you might just want to get downtown as quickly as possible in which case the taxis are a tempting option. If you are travelling alone, on a budget and have a little time, there are five cheap ways to get to Cannes.

To determine which the best option is, think first about where you are actually staying.

  • Cannes centre: the express bus and the train are the best options.
  • Antibes, Golfe-Juan or Juan-les-Pins: the Golfe Juan express bus or train is the way to go.
  • Cannes La Bocca or Mandelieu: go for the train (just check on a map how close your hotel is to the relevant stations).
  • Outlying neighbourhoods: try your luck with Uber or a private shuttle service

Getting to Cannes by bus and train

Our first tip is the cheapest: the bus. The NoctamBus 200 takes over from the express shuttle bus (see below) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The journey takes about 90 minutes and costs just €1.50. It drives through Antibes, Juan-les-Pin and Golfe Juan, so is handy if your hotel is located there.

Tip n° 2: It’s a little-known secret that Nice airport has a railway station (relatively) near by: Nice-St Augustin. It brings you to Cannes in about 35 minutes for under €6. It’s particularly handy if you are staying in Juan-les-Pins or Antibes. To reach it, take bus 23 or the car park shuttle bus from Terminal 1. Nice-St Augustin is the second stop. Alternatively, go to the bus station in Terminal 1 and look for signposts for the “L’Arénas” office block. Then take Avenue Lindbergh and then a right on the Blvd Cassin. Cross at the lights and head under the railway bridge. You’ll find the station on your right. It takes about 15 minutes, not recommended if you have heavy cases but perfectly doable otherwise. Last trains are at 21:43 weekdays and 14 past midnight on Saturdays and Sundays according to the train timetable. But I’m hesitant about recommending the last train. Look for the latest timetable on the SNCF site (updated May 2015 – but this page changes frequently and is only available in French).

Tip 3: the Cannes Xpress bus (n° 210) is a popular option, as it leaves from Terminal 1 every 30 minutes from 8am, visits Terminal 2 and then takes the motorway straight to Cannes for €22 in 50 minutes (return ticket €33). Tickets to Cannes can be bought at the counters just outside the airport terminals. I like this one, as you often meet people on the bus and your Cannes event starts straight away! The last bus leaves the airport at 8pm. The bus arrives and then leaves from the “gare routière” near Cannes town hall.  There are ample bus connections from there, or take a taxi if you’re out of town. Another express bus, n° 250, goes from the airport to Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Golfe Juan for €10 (€15 return).

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Tip 4: The newest kid on the block is, of course, Uber. If you are familiar with the service which connects travellers with cars, check their Cannes page.

Tip 5: there has been explosion of private services over the past few years, including a number that offer shared shuttles services from about €30. UPDATE: use the CANNESBUST promo code with MyDriver.com to benefit from  €10 reduction on airport transfers.

Updated May 2015. But I’m not responsible for changes to the prices or timetables!

Please double check if you are getting in late.

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  2. There’s no mystery about this part! Traffic takes between 30-45 mins. For example, Saturdays, you’ll get caught in traffic jams whether you are in a van, a taxi or a shuttle service. In general, it’s best to avoid setting appointments on the day of travel unless you can count 2 hours from the airport. You’ll need to time to get into Cannes, find your hotel, pick up your badge, find the place you are to meet in, etc.

    If you took the new shuttle, let us know how it works.

    M

  3. Thanks for that. It’s also a good option. In fact, you might want to choose a hotel that is close to the main road of Juan-les-Pins to benefit from this. Juan hotels tend to be cheaper than in Cannes. Just look out for the last bus!

    Miichael

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  7. Dear Participants,

    Our company (RP CONCIERGE) offers the most competitive rates for all of your transfers during the MIDEM period.

    Single way from Nice International Airport to Cannes from 80€ (-15 % vs. regular taxi cab).

    You can book your car
    – by email at cannes@rpconcierge,
    – by filing out or form on our web site http://www.rpconcierge.com/car-transfer-booking.html.

    Kind regards.

    Sarah WINTER
    RP CONCIERGE
    Customer Service Dept

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  10. Hi.

    There are ticket sale counters just outside the two terminals. A one-way ticket is an “aller-simple”; a return ticket is a “billet retour” or “aller-retour”.

    I’ll add this info to the article. Thanks for reminding me.

    Michael

  11. FYI Prices now 2015-10:
    – 104€ costs taxi from airport to Cannes (4 persons)
    – 200€ costs minivan from Cannes to Nice (6 persons)
    – 62€ (est.) was 1st class train ticket from Nice to Cannes (6 persons)

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