...including Eze (Village) Villefranche sur Mer, Beaulieu sur Mer/Cap Ferrat and Monte Carlo. 

Visiting all of these destinations in one day is a bit much, and it's best to make some choices or allow yourself two days for this end of the Riviera.  There are several of ways to order this trip and what works will be determined by what you want from this excursion.  Just be cautious about leaving Monte Carlo as rush hour approaches:  It can be brutal and often means slowed or delayed trains.  Dinner or cocktails in Villefranche sur Mer is a good way to end your day and from a Villefranche harbor restaurant, watching Cap Ferrat light up is lovely.  There are some enjoyable walks from Beaulieu sur Mer towards Villefranche and along the Promenade Maurice Rouvier on the east side of Cap Ferrat. There are also longer hikes that can be taken around Cap Ferrat.  At the end of this article, there is information that includes links to transportation websites and travelers tips. If any of the links provided in this article don't stay live, copy and paste them in your browser and you should get the link.  

PLANNING YOUR ROUTES:

How you organize your day will be a matter of preference, and following are some transportation routes you can consider.  Start with your departing location (the towns in the bold lettering) and select your next destination from the list that follows.  Choose your transportation option and follow the same steps to your next destination.  These directions can be a little overwhelming, so it’s probably best to know your starting point and stick to the information for your next destination.  A printed copy might also make this a little less mindbogling, and you'll be able to highlight your route. 

 

Nice to:

1) Eze Village:  Bus 82 or 112.  These are direct routes, and the 82 bus runs more frequently than the 112. 

2) Monte Carlo:  Buses 100 or 112, or the train. 

3) Villefranche sur Mer:  Buses 81 or 100, or the train. 

4) Cap Ferrat:  Bus 81.  The “Passables” is near the Villa Ephrussi and the Port St. Jean stop is close to the start of the Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

5) Towns west of Nice (Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice):  Train

 

Coastal towns west of Nice, including Cannes , Antibes and Juan les Pins, to:

1) Eze Village :  Train to the Eze train station and the 83 bus from the stop that is outside the building.  If you are traveling during peak a travel season, the bus can be a bit difficult to board at this stop, and an alternative would be to take the train to Beaulieu sur Mer and board the 83 bus at the route’s origin.  To do this, you will walk to the 83 bus stop that is near Port de Beaulieu sur Mer, the larger of Beaulieu’s two harbors.  When you exit the Beaulieu train station, walk to your left and around the corner towards the coastline.  You will be walking on Bd. du Marechal LeClerc and where the road bends along the coastline, there will be a cycle shop near the corner.  Walk to your left, and follow this road until you reach the largest of Beaulieu’s two harbors.  You will see the road divide into directional lanes, and the bus top is on the inland side of the median.

2) Monte Carlo:  Train.  Under “ Monte Carlo ” below, you will find maps that will help you with bus routes and lifts from the train station to the harbor level.

3) Villefranche sur Mer:  Train.  From the train station, the beach and the harbor will be down a stone stairway.

4) Beaulieu sur Mer/Cap Ferrat:  Train to Beaulieu sur Mer and bus 81 onto the Cap Ferrat peninsula.  The 81 bus stop will be to your left and around the corner as you exit the train station.  The “Passables” stop is near the Villa Ephrussi and the Port St. Jean stop is close to the start of the Promenade Maurice Rouvier.  To get to the 83 bus stop, follow the directions in #1 above.

5) Nice:  Train

 

Villefranche sur Mer to:

1) Nice:  Buses 81 or 100 or the train.  The 82 and 112 buses stop in Villefranche, but these locations are up the incline and not convenient to the harbor.  However, they may be the best choice from some locations in Villefranche.

 2) Beaulieu sur Mer and Cap Ferrat:  Bus 81 or walk to the end of the beach in Villefranche and up the stairway.  You will be in a residential neighborhood with the coast to your right and the rail tracks on your left.  Follow this road until you cross the road onto Cap Ferrat, and there will be a pharmacy on the corner.  The road between Villefranche and Beaulieu will change names several times, but the route is basically straightforward along the coast.  Keep going, and you will pass several luxury hotels, a small beach, the smaller of Beaulieu’s two harbors, and the Port de Beaulieu sur Mer, the larger harbor.  The entrance to the Promenade Maurice Rouvier onto Cap Ferrat will be past the pharmacy and near the start of the smaller harbor.  Further down, the 83 bus stop will be near the Port de Beaulieu sur Mer and on the inland side of a median that separates directional roadways.   

3) Eze Village:  Buses 82 and 112 are direct, but note that the stops are up the incline and not close to the harbor.  Another option is to take bus 100 or the train to the Eze train station and the 83 bus to the village.   You can also walk to the 83 bus stop in Beaulieu sur Mer as described in #2.  The 100 and 83 bus stops are directly outside the Eze train station.

4) Monte Carlo:  Buses 100 or 112 (note the stop locations and schedule for the 112), or the train.

5) Towns west of Nice (Antibes , Juan les Pins and Cannes):  Train

 

Beaulieu sur Mer/Cap Ferrat to:

 1) Nice:  Buses 81 or 100, or the train.

 2) Villefranche sur Mer:  Buses 81 or 100, the train or walk.  Note that the train ride will be brief and travelers should decide what works for them.  To walk to Villefranche from the Beaulieu sur Mer train station, exit the station and walk around the corner to your left.  You will be on Bd. du Marechal LeClerc and follow that road to the coastline and turn to your right.  Just past the road onto Cap Ferrat, there will be a “V” in the road and follow the lower fork.  You will pass through a residential neighborhood and the rail tracks will be on your right.  You will reach a stairway that leads to Villefranche sur Mer and the harbor will be past the beach.   From the 83 bus stop (arriving from Eze Village) cross the median and walk toward Port de Beaulieu and to your right along the coastline.  You will pass several luxury hotels, a smaller second harbor and a beach.  When you reach the road onto Cap Ferrat, follow the directions as described from this point from the train station.

3) Eze Village:  Bus 83 from the stop near Port de Beaulieu.  If you are arriving at the train station, walk to you left and around the corner when you exit the building.  You will be on Bd. du Marechal LeClerc, and follow that road to where it bends along the coastline.  Walk toward the largest and second of Beualieu's two harbors, and cross the median where you see the road divide into directional lanes.  The stop is on the inland side of the median.  

4) Monte Carlo:  Bus 100 or the train.

5) Towns west of Nice (Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice):  Train

  

Eze Village to:

1) Nice:  Bus 82 (direct).

2) Villefranche sur Mer:  Bus 83 to the Eze train station and bus 100 from the stop that is outside the station (direction: “Nice”), or the train.  You could also take the 83 bus to Beaulieu sur Mer and walk to Villefranche.  To do this, get off where the route terminates, cross the roadway and median to the Port de Beaulieu sur Mer and walk to your right along the coastline on the roads that hug the coastline.  The road names will change, but the route is pretty straightforward.  Stay on the bottom fork where the road takes a “V” near the road onto Cap Ferrat and a pharmacy, and walk through the residential neighborhood to the steps leading down to Villefranche.  The harbor and restaurants will be past the beach.  The Villefranche train station sits above the beach and there is a stone stairway leading connecting those levels.

3) Beaulieu sur Mer/Cap Ferrat:  Bus 83 (direct).  The stop is on the inland side of a median close to the Port de Beaulieu sur Mer.  To get to Cap Ferrat, cross the roadway and the median towards the Port de Beaulieu sur Mer.  Either take the 81 bus from the Villa Kerylos or walk to end of the second harbor and you will see the Promenade Maurice Rouvier.  The promenade will take you to port St. Jean where you can either walk back to Beaulieu or take the 81 bus to Beaulieu or onto Villefranche.

4) Monte Carlo:  The 112 bus is direct or take the 83 bus to the Eze train station and the 100 bus or train to Monte Carlo .

5) Towns west of Nice (Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice):  Bus 83 to the Eze train station and the train to your destination.

  

Monte Carlo to:

1) Nice:  Buses 100 or 112, or the train.

2) Villefranche:  Bus 100, or the train.

3) Beaulieu sur Mer:  Bus 100, or the train.

4) Eze Village:  Bus 112 direct, or bus 100 or the train to the Eze train station and 83 to the village.

5) Towns west of Nice (Antibes , Juan les Pins and Nice):  Train…but avoid doing this as rush hour approaches.  

Below are some links to maps that make Monte Carlo easier to navigate.  A local bus system and asceneurs (lifts) move through the inclines and connect the train station to the lower harbor area:

Ascenceurs:

http://www.monaco-montecarlo.com/docu...

Buses:

http://www.cam.mc/plan-reseau.php

 

Again, don’t get bogged down reading every route.  It will confuse you and stick to the ones that follow your itinerary and how you want to order your day.

 

TRANSPORTATION WEBSITES AND TRAVELERS' TIPS:

A) Links to transportation websites:

Buses:

http://www.lignesdazur.com/

http://www.cg06.fr/fr/servir-les-habi...

Trains:

http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/paca/...

1) Select the “04 Mandelieu – Cannes – Nice – Ventimiglia” route from the “My Line” list and “Validate.”

2) Under “Search results,” select the same route and you will get to the PDF.  For the route in the other direction, scroll through the pages

The train link is for information purposes only and reservations are not required on TER trains.

 

B) Know that trains often run later the buses, so if you are planning on being out into the evening hours, be watchful of bus termination times.

 

C) This map is helpful in understanding the Villefranche, Beaulieu sur Mer, and Cap Ferrat walking routes.

http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/plan-be...

The map is centered in Beaulieu and you can move it around to see Cap Ferrat and Villefranche.  The thin gray line from the Villefranche beach is the route you will walk towards Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat, and the gray line on the east side of the cap is the Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

 

D) Buses routes can be confusing, especially when they are your transportation to a certain stop and later, to another.  Following is a short primer for the routes as they operate within the destinations discussed for these daytrips:

1) 81 travels from Nice to St. Jean/Cap Ferrat through Villefranche sur Mer.

2) 82 travels from Nice to Eze Village , and though there is a stop in Villefranche, it’s high on the incline and not convenient to the harbor.  However, it may be the best route from some locations in Villefranche.

3) 83 travels from Beaulieu sur Mer to Eze Village and has a stop at the Eze train station.

4) 100 travels from Nice to Monte Carlo and has stops in Villefranche, Beaulieu sur Mer, and at the Eze train station, not the village.

5) 112’s schedule is less frequent than the others and it doesn’t run on Sundays.  It travels between Nice and Monte Carlo and stops in Eze Village, not the station.  Like the 82 bus route, the 112 passes through Villefranche, but the stops aren’t convenient to the harbor.  However, it may be the best choice from some locations in Villefranche. and it is the direct route from Eze Village to Monte Carlo .