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.
Take the Bus #100 (Monaco/Menton), which leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays and French holidays, from the main bus hub off Place Massena (bottom center of the map). Like all bus routes in Nice, it will only cost 1 euro, and you pay as you board.
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: You can walk back up to the bus stop the way you came (it’s on the other side of the road, just look for the bus 100 sign, and don’t forget to flag it down), or simply take the train, which comes roughly every half an hour and takes 3 minutes to the Nice-Ville station). The train can be preferable for the return trip because Bus 100 is wildly popular and if the bus is already full it will just blow right past you.
The bus 100 stops running at around 8pm, so after that you have to take the train anyway (last one leaves at midnight).
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