The lovely little fishing village of Villefranche is one of the most picturesque on the Riviera, and it’s just 15 minutes away from Nice by bus.
Catch it on the church side side of the street (the stop is just to the right of the church, in front of the Brassiere du Vieux Port). You’ll get on facing Nice, but the bus will make a u-turn straight away and head out toward Villefranche.
The ticket is just 1.50€ each way, and you can buy your ticket from the driver as you board, or use your Ligne d’Azur day pass/week pass/or discount ten-trip card.
You will know you’re close to your stop when your breath is taken away by the view of the gorgeous bay of Villefranche. Wait a few minutes until the bus gets into town, then push the red button to request the stop and get off at the garden. Look for the Tourist Office and follow that road down into the village.
Getting back: I recommend taking the train on your way back, which leaves just above the seaside, comes roughly every half an hour and takes 3 minutes to the Nice-Ville station. The train is preferable for the return trip because Bus #100 is usually already full on its way back from Monaco, and if so it will just blow right past you.
If you really want to take the bus, however, you walk back up to the bus stop the way you came and it’s on the other side of the road, just look for the bus #100 sign, and don’t forget to flag it down.
The bus 100 stops running at around 8pm, so after that you have to take the train anyway (last one leaves around 11pm).
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