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Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

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Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

I am a little confused about train travel- are there different trains with different prices?

Travelling Antibes to nice or Cannes said $15 euro one way.

Probably going to travel to villefranche, Cannes, nice, as well as some of the hill towns while staying in Antibes.

Renting a car is pretty cheap and a weeks parking is $60 in Antibes. will it be easy driving around to these locations, is there a lot of traffic. Or is it better to use the train? Just figuring it will be cheaper to use the car.

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1. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

How many people are in your group? ages?

which site are you getting your prices in dollars from from ? Please use figures in euros, if giving prices/budget

which car park are you thinking of using in Antibes ? Are you planning to find free parking spaces in the other towns?

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2. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

2 adults, sorry those are euro prices that I listed, the car is about $200 canadian

The parking is qpark, just did a quick search, not sure about parking everywhere else, is it expensive?

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3. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

Antibes to Nice is 4.4 euro each way by train. Antibes .. Cannes 2.5 euro. By bus it's cheaper still - 1.5 euro to Nice or Cannes from Antibes ( but road by car or bus of course is slower than train). Also to villages like Eze bus is 1.5 euro from Nice. Antibes to Biot ( nearest hill village) 1 euro on the local No.10 bus.

There is a 15 euro go-anywhere on the train for a day fare in the summer ..maybe this is what you are thinking of?. This would allow you go as far as Ventimiglia in Italy or Tende in the Alps.

Parking is 1.5 euro hour at meters in Antibes (lunchtime and night is free) and 2.5 euro / hour at the expensive big car park around the Port. 60 euro a week is a good deal for a week pass - of course a space may still not be available when you want it e.g on busy market days. Parking is generally difficult on the Riviera - that explains the 'Permanently Parked Rental Car' syndrome which happens when tourists discover how cheap public transport is. Rental companies love tourists to pay them take on the headache of parking all those vehicles.

Ed

Edited: 25 January 2014, 18:22
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4. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

Thanks so much, the 15 euro cost was on the Rail Europe website, I guess that must be the other rail line SNCF train? Are there different trains, is that the fast train? Also do you know the website for the train service you are talking about.

We will still be driving to Provence from nice airport for a couple of days. Is it better to rent car at airport or in town?

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5. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

Sorry meant luberon area

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6. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

RailEurope does not run any trains. It is an agency that sells train tickets (with its fees added to the cost), and its information about trains is often incomplete.

Get your information about trains from the actual train operator, SNCF, at en.voyages-sncf.com/en which will show all the trains (fast and slow) and their cost. For the fast trains (TGV and Intercités), you get the best price if you book soon after tickets go on sale, 3 months before travel. This does not apply to the local (TER) trains, which are always the same price.

If Voyages-SNCF redirects you to Rail Europe, start again and give Antarctic as your "Ticket collection country".

Edited: 26 January 2014, 03:49
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7. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

IMO, it is easier, less crowded, may even be a bit less expensive (no airport surcharge) to pick up the rental car Downtown Nice.

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8. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

A car is useful if you want to visit rural areas otherwise train/bus saves a lot of headaches. Use local trains avoiding TGV trains which require reservation - no real advantage for such short trips. Buy the tickets locally unless making long distance trips (e.g. to Marseille or Avignon) .

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9. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

This is the timetable for local trains along the coast. Sorry it is 2013 - for some reason I can't find one for 2014 online - but they won't change much - they run 2 or 3 an hour. You buy your ticket at the station counter or the machines which are on the concourse ( note the machine don't take notes).

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Just an aside on the fast TGVs. While they do run e.g from Nice to Avignon they don't achieve the 300 km an hour as in the rest of France - the tracks are still the old ones and not up to it - so there is not a great deal of difference in timings vis a vis 'normal' trains.

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10. Re: Using trains vs renting car(June 4)

Had a great holiday in Antibes some 25 years ago. Beech was stony so we took the train every day to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo and Ventimiglia in Italy where we all bought fake watches which still work today! The trains were great, views along the coast fabulous and great to visit so many places for a few pounds a day. Good memories! Enjoy!