There are two buses from Nice to to Eze Village, the #82 or the #112. Don’t be misled into taking the Bus #100 which seems to pass Eze on its way to Monaco: this bus goes to Eze-sur-mer… which is at the beach! …So unless you want to hike up a steep mountain to get to the famous perched village, don’t take the Bus #100.
What you want to do is to go to Eze Village with Bus #112 Monte Carlo or Bus #82 Plateau de la Justice, which alternate to leave about once an hour from Monday-Saturday …but note that on Sundays and French holidays only the #82 runs, and on a very limited schedule.
Where to catch the bus
Both buses, rather inconveniently, leave from the far east side of town: they both start from the Vauban bus station, and from there they share most of their stops. You can take the tramway line 1 to the Vauban tram stop and just cross the parking lot to the bus station, or take the tramway line 2 to the Port Lympia tram stop, then walk to the back of the church and follow that street (Bavastro) three blocks until you get to rue Barla, which is where you will find the Bavastro bus stop.
The ticket costs just 1.50€ (or just 1€ if you use a 10-trip card), and you can also use a day or week pass, all of which you buy in the ticket machines at any tram stop. You can also buy your tickets from the driver as you board (with the exception of the 10-trip card). Also note that your bus/tram ticket gives you unlimited transfers in Nice for 74 minutes, so if you take the tramway to get to the bus stop for Eze, it will not cost extra.
Where to get off
The bus ride to the spectacular village of Eze will take around 30 minutes. Push the red “stop requested” button when you see the perched village getting close. The Fragonard perfumed soap tourist attraction is right at the entrance, but I recommend that you just head straight up into the village and start exploring. Stop in the tourist office at the entrance for a map and for bus timings for getting back, and in case you were wondering, the donkeys are to take the luggage for the guests staying at Hotel Eza. There is an exotic garden at the top of Eze, but honestly this is only worth the ticket price if you are crazy for cactus. The exotic garden in Monaco is much better as it also has an underground grotto.
- Tip: Wear flat walking shoes as the 1000-year-old cobble stones are sometimes steep and worn slick.
You can catch either Bus #112 or Bus #82 which between them leave approximately once each hour for the 30-minute drive back down to Nice. Drop into the Eze tourist office when you arrive for printed bus schedules to make it easy.
Going farther afield
From Eze you can also pop down to Monaco, just continue another 10 minutes on Bus #112 Monte Carlo in the same direction that you arrived (leaving Eze at 11:30am, 2:30, 4:40 and 7pm). For this bus going into Monaco, you will need to buy your 1.50€ ticket from the driver as you board. It will take you to Monte Carlo, where you can explore and then get back to Nice on the Bus #100, which leaves every 15 minutes until 8pm.
If you time it right, from Eze you can also get back to Nice via beautiful Beaulieu-sur-mer on the Bus #83, but this bus only goes down every 90 minutes or so. It is a short ride and you stay on until the end, and from there you can explore Beaulieu or hit the (sandy!) beach, or take the Bus #15 to nearby Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, or return to Nice on the Bus #15 along the coast for more stunning seaside views, arriving at the Nice Port or Garibaldi.
Photo Credit: Eze Village by Jimi Magic licensed under Creative Commons.