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5 best day trips from Nice

Day trip to Monaco

1. Day trip to Monaco

Synonymous with glamor and the high life, Monaco packs a lot into its borders. Known for its wealth, high rollers, and celebrities, the second-smallest country in the world has all the elements that make for an unforgettable trip. Once a year, the streets are converted into the famous Formula 1 race track which can be experienced on non-race days in a Lamborghini.  A visit to the Monte Carlo Casino will provide an exciting afternoon, followed by an evening walk to the harbor to see the spectacular superyachts you can buy with your winnings.

How far is Monaco from Nice?

Monaco is only 21 kilometers (13 miles) away from Nice, which makes travel time less than 30 minutes by car or train.

Day trip to Èze

2. Day trip to Èze

A small commune offering breathtaking views high over the French Riviera, Èze is rich in history. When walking the cobbled roads, make a stop to visit the Chappelle de la Sainte Croix, the oldest building in the village. The city also has plenty of activities for nature lovers. Head to the Jardin botanique d’Èze to hike among the collection of cacti and take in the breathtaking panoramic views. Or, for a more contemplative experience, hike the Nietzsche Path named for the famed German philosopher who would walk the path each day during his stays in the south of France.

How far is Èze from Nice?

Èze is popular among people visiting Nice, as it is only 12 kilometers (7 miles) away. The bus will get you there in 25 minutes, and a trip by car can be even faster.

Day trip to Cannes

3. Day trip to Cannes

Head to Cannes for beaches, old ports, and terracotta roof tiles. Made famous for its annual film festival, the city is regularly frequented by film stars and features luxurious shopping areas with plenty of top-name designers. The markets selling local produce are perfect for a mid-morning snack while enjoying the sights, sounds, and vibrancy of the city. Explore the Promenade de la Croisette, the iconic boulevard that acts as the backdrop for the film festival. Head to the Musée de la Castre to get a taste for the area’s cultural history.

How far is Cannes from Nice?

Cannes is 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Nice and the trip only takes between 25 and 35 minutes by car. The bus usually takes about an hour.

4. Day trip to Antibes

Not far from Nice is the resort town of Antibes, a continuation of the stunning French Riviera. While the town might be known for its lush beaches, it’s also home to plenty of cultural and historical points of interest. The Picasso Museum in Antibes houses one of the largest collections of the artist’s work in the world. Don’t forget to go underground into the ancient Roman foundations of the city to visit the Absinthe Museum to learn about the mysterious green liqueur.

How far is Antibes from Nice?

Located between Cannes and Nice, traveling to Antibes is an easy 22 kilometer (13 miles) trip. By car, the trip usually takes around 30 minutes.

Day trip to Saint-Tropez

5. Day trip to Saint-Tropez

A trip to Saint-Tropez is the perfect way to bask in the sun and spend some time living the high life. Known for the lavish lifestyles of its wealthy visitors, the Port of Saint-Tropez is a hotspot for massive yachts and pristine coastline. But the town is more than a mecca for popping champagne bottles. Art enthusiasts can spend time at the musée de l'Annonciade, a modern art museum housed in a chapel from the 1500s. The Gendarmerie Nationale functions as a cinema history museum, focusing on local films and actors.

How far is Saint Tropez from Nice?

Saint Tropez is 112 kilometers (70 miles) from Nice, and the drive takes about an hour and 40 minutes. During the summer, the trip is likely to take a little longer because of traffic.

Nice day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

While most destinations from Nice are short in distance, knowing which transportation option is best for your day trip is still an important part of making the most of your time.
  • • Nice Day Trips by Car

    Nice is well-connected by road to the rest of the region, and taking a drive along the coastline is often a gorgeous experience in itself. If you don’t have your own vehicle, plenty of rental options are available, including vintage cars that’ll take you back in time.

  • • Nice Day Trips by Train

    Taking a train from Nice may often be your fastest travel option for getting around the French Riviera, with transportation only taking 15 to 20 minutes for some destinations. Best of all, taking the train will help you avoid the traffic on the roads to and from Nice.

  • • Nice Day Trips by Bus

    Traveling by bus from Nice may not always be the quickest transport option, but it’s often the least expensive. With so many destinations within a short distance, the added travel time won’t cut too much into your trip.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

There can be no denying that a good guide is worth their weight in gold. With in-depth knowledge and stories, they bring a place to life. Choosing to see Monaco with a guide could enrich your experience and leave lasting memories about the little things that might have gone unnoticed.

What should I pack for my day trip?

The weather is mostly warm and sunny throughout the year, so bring your sunscreen and sunglasses. Having water on hand will make sure you stay hydrated. We also recommend bringing some swimwear with you, as you never know when you might want to go for a dip.  A light sweater may come in handy if you decide to stay out in the evening to watch the sun go down.

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What people are saying about Nice

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,352 reviews

We had the most fantastic day of traveling from Nice to all these beautiful villages and towns in French Riviera with our host Nicolas. Our favorites are the guided tour to the perfumery of Fargonard where we got to make our own perfume, the small hike to the village of Èze, touring around Monaco and the afternoon stroll through the beautiful medieval village of St. Paul de Vence. The trip was very well organized and Nicolas was a fun company with his tremendous knowledge in history and art. And his sense of humor was the cherry on top.

Un circuit foarte bun, care cuprinde toate punctele de interes de pe riviera franceză. Foarte bine organizat, cu ghidul Roman de nota 10. Recomand tuturor celor care în timp scurt vor sa viziteze cat mai mult!

Very complete experience. We have visited all the sites mentioned, but the best without a doubt our guide. Great hostess, very friendly, and that makes the experience magnificent. 100% recommended

The tour was absolutely amazing. Nathan is a great driver and tour guide. Highly recommend if you are short on time. My favourite places are St Paul de Vence and Eze!

good itinerary and company works hard to ensure we are satisfied