The lovely perched village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the most picturesque on the Riviera, and the charming (and less touristy) town of Vence is another gem. Both are just one hour away from Nice by bus.
Take the Bus #400 Vence (par St Paul) which goes to both towns, or the Bus #94 Halte Routière
de l’Ara which goes directly to Vence and doesn’t stop at Saint-Paul-de-Vence. You catch them both from the rue Verdun/Albert 1ere bus stop, which is between the Meridian Hotel and the start of the Promenade du Paillon gardens, or catch them at one of the stops along the Promenade des Anglais. The bus leaves every 30-45 minutes on weekdays and every 45 minutes to an hour on Saturdays, Sundays and French holidays.
The ticket costs just 1.50€ and you can buy it from the driver as you board, but note that if you are using a Nice day pass/week pass/or ten-trip card, it will work for going to Vence, but not to Foundation Maeght or Saint-Paul-de-Vence, due to this town lying in another bus network.
Note that if you are going to Saint-Paul-de-Vence you can just buy your 1.50 ticket when you board the bus, but if you want the ability to make a free transfer within 2 1/2 hours, you can drop by the Lignes d’Azur boutique (across from train station or just off Place Garibaldi) and buy a Ticket Azur for the same price. This could be useful if you take a tram or bus in Nice before catching the bus 400, or if you want to see the Foundation Maeght and then want to take the bus one stop farther to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, to avoid walking.
Where to Get Off
If you’re on the bus #94, just stay on until the end, which is the Vence bus station.
On bus #400, you will know you’re close when you see the mountain-top village of St Paul looming in the distance. After the Foundation Maeght stop, push the red button because Saint-Paul-de-Vence is next; as you get off the bus walk left to get to the village. Wear flat walking shoes as the 1000-year-old cobblestones can be steep and slick. 5 minutes and two stops later the bus #400 arrives in Vence.
The last bus 400 leaves Vence at 7:15pm on weekdays, and 7:30pm on weekends and holidays (picking up in Saint-Paul-de-Vence 5 minutes later). If you miss the last bus, the least expensive way to get back is to take a taxi (or Uber) down to the Cagnes-sur-mer train station and then take the train back (last one around 11pm).
Photo Credit: St. Paul de Vence by Wng, licensed under Creative Commons
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