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Last min trip - help please!

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Last min trip - help please!

We were supposed to be spending this week in Istanbul but due to the closure of Sabiha Gokcen airport (well according to easyjet that is), we've have to booked a last min trip to Nice instead and any information about it would be gratefully received!

We're staying at the Best Western Hotel de Madrid on Rue de Belgique and were wondering what the best way to get there from the airport is? public transport if poss as we're already out of pocket through losing our original trip.

Also are there any good cheap restaurants that people could recommend? anything but seafood will do!

Finally we were thinking about taking a couple of trips poss to Cannes and Antibes by train but the SNCF website wasn't working so I was just wondering how long it took to get there and how often the trains ran.

Thanks for any info!

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1. Re: Last min trip - help please!

Hi, make your first stop in the airport to information; they will give you a map of Nice and give directions to the bus which goes straight into the city. You will see that many things you want to see in Nice are within walking distance, including the old town where you just turn around and there is a restaurant with their daily menu and prices posted on a board. You can walk to the bus station -they have an information desk too; they tell you where to stand how to buy tickets and they are to coastal towns or perched villages for 1.30 euros and more sightseeing. We did the train station but it was usually a wait in line, more expensive, even though it took less time from point to point. My most memorable glass of wine was sitting on the beach on plastic bags(!) with my daughter eating cheese, staring at that beautiful coastline at dusk. What beauty.

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2. Re: Last min trip - help please!

Hi

You want the number 99 bus to the train station that is where your hotel is near, 4 euros each.

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3. Re: Last min trip - help please!

Since 1 Feb all bus fares from Cannes to Menton are now just 1 euro (except Nice airport express, 4 euros) and travel is very easy but if you're here now then the famous Nice Carnival is under way on the Promenade des Anglais. Your hotel should be able to give you the details of where and when but you just have to see the giant cat sitting in Jardin Albert 1st to know that you might have landed here at a good time.

If you want a really cheap lunch you could do worse than pick up a couple of (huge) filled baguettes from anywhere in Vieux Nice or around rue de France and take them one block down to the sun-drenched beach or the seats facing the beach to eat.

The tourist part of Nice is actually quite small and packed with restaurants and bars so yout choice is wide.

Antibes old town is lovely but Cannes is a real disappointment.

If you haven't been before, I would also recommend Monaco. You can get there for 1 euro on the bus and the scenery en route is great.

Bonne chance.

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4. Re: Last min trip - help please!

Thanks for the suggestions so far!

We've been to Monaco before so that's why Antibes and Cannes came up. I've heard that Cannes was a disappointment, it was just to say that we had been really...

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