Bus from Nice to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

To get to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by bus you have two choices:  take the Bus #100 and get off at the start of the cape for a gorgeous 15 minute walk into town along the seaside, or take Bus #15 that will take you right into the village of Saint Jean.

Passengers boarding the bus #100 in NiceThe Bus #15 Port de Saint-Jean leaves from the Promenade des Arts bus stop located behind the Place Garibaldi Monoprix (tram stop Garibaldi), and runs every 20 minutes during the week, 30 minutes on Sundays and French holidaysThis bus goes all the way into the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, with stops for the Villa Kerylos and Villa Rothschild as well.

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 can 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 stop to transfer to the Bus #15 (tram stop Massena) or #100 (tram stop Port), it will not cost extra.  On the Bus #100 you can also buy a ticket directly from the driver for 1.50€.

The Bus #100 (Monaco/Menton) leaves from the top of the Nice port (tram stop Port):  You catch it on the block just to the right of the church. This bus leaves every 15 minutes (every 20 minutes on Sundays and French holidays) and whereas it doesn’t go all the way into the town of Saint-Jean, if you get off just after you see the Hotel Riviera at the Pont Saint-Jean stop (on the Bus #100 the stops are clearly shown on a screen and announced as well, so you can’t miss it.)  From here you can take a marvelous 15 minute walk into town on the flat and paved footpath… just walk down to the hotel beach and you will see the footpath right away.

From the town you can you can do one of the most magnificent walks on the Riviera: an easy loop around the point that takes about 35 minutes.  Pass through the town, stay to your left, and when you arrive at the end of the road, go down to the beach where the paved trail continues on the far side.  After about 30 fabulous minutes you will see a sign to return to Saint Jean.  This entire loop takes around 35 minutes and is easy walking.

The seaside path along Saint-Jean-Cap-FerratIf you choose to continue the rest of the way around, the paving stops and the trail gets a bit more rugged.   This final portion will take an additional hour at least, and you will end up back near where the bus #100 dropped you off.

Getting back:  Even if you came on the bus #100, take the bus #15 back from town which takes 30 minutes, and leaves every 15-20 minutes on weekdays and every half-hour on Sunday.  This is the best way to get back, as the bus #100 is often packed from the return trip from Monaco and will just blow right by you if there is no more room.   Note that both buses stop running at 8pm.  You can also take Uber back, for around 20€.

Photo Credit: Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat courtesy of The Blue Walk European Walking Vacations

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