My friend (visiting from the States) and I (newly settled in Nice) decided to go to Eze on Saturday, Sept. 14. We took the 82 bus from Ségurane; it currently originates at Vauban, and I STRONGLY encourage you to pick it up there if you are taking it 1) on any day in the high season or 2) on a weekend day. By the time it got to us at Ségurane, it was fairly full, and it was packed by the time it departed that stop (and forget about queueing -- it's a scrum). We were lucky enough to get seats, but many people were standing for the half-hour ride on the winding, hilly road. Be prepared for that.
There is a post on TripAdvisor that seems to indicate that it's not too strenuous of a hike to get from the Éze train station to the foot of the medieval village. First off, it's a bit difficult to find the path; second, it is QUITE A HIKE. I STRONGLY recommend the 82 bus from Nice (or the 83 from near the Eze train station) if you are going to take public transit. And when you take the 82 or the 83, GET OFF AT EZE VILLAGE, NOT EZE COL! There is nothing at Eze Col. I somehow got the impression that there was from another TripAdvisor post, and this was decidedly not the case!
However, if you wish to circumvent the crowds and secure a seat on the bus on peak days, pick up the 82 or 83 at Eze Village on the trip INTO Eze (destination Plateau de la Justice) and just stay on when it turns around. This may not work if you have a single-journey ticket but will be fine if you have a day pass or a 10-journey pass. (Our driver didn't care, but you should probably re-validate just in case. Lignes d'Azur does occasionally do fare checks -- we had one Friday night on the N4, my first in my week in Nice.) At any rate, if you do this, you'll pull up to the bus stop crowded with tourists and sit there snug as a bug in a rug as they all clamor to get on the bus and push for elbow room.
If you take the 83 down to Eze proper and plan to take the 100 from Menton/Monaco back to Nice, you'd better have a Plan B during high season and on weekends. We encountered the dreaded "Bus Complet" (full, no more passengers), so we hoofed it to the train station, crammed ourselves into the packed Monaco-Cannes train, and endured it for a few stops. I think the tickets (regular, aller simple, no discounts) were about 2.30 euros apiece.
Bottom line: If you want to go to Eze on a weekend, especially during high season, you'll do best to plan ahead and be prepared to be flexible with your travel plans. This is probably true of many popular tourist destinations in the region (I've seen the 200 bus to Cannes sailing past with "Bus Complet" displayed on its front more than once). What I'm saying is, if at all possible, get on the bus at its point of origin (or earlier, if you have a day pass), and be prepared to have your travel plans thwarted. Just go with it. It'll work out.
All that said: Eze itself was gorgeous and was totally worth all the transit headaches involved in getting there and back. I will be sending every visiting friend there, and may accompany several of them because I loved it so much. It's like San Gimigniano, Italy, but on a much smaller scale and without the horrible torture museum. ;)
Many more Adventures In Nice to come, including Why One Should Buy Water Shoes Before Attempting To Swim At Miami Beach and Why the Night Buses Are Crazy.
A New Resident (Liz)