The most beautiful excursions departing from Nice train station

The most beautiful excursions departing from Nice train station

Whether you're traveling solo or in a group, Nice Ville train station is the ideal starting point for exploring the Côte d'Azur.Despite Nice's array of activities, it's entirely possible to embark on day trips to uncover the surrounding regions.Just a 2-minute walk from the train station, Hotel Khla offers the perfect location for exploring all the region's treasures. Discover the best day trips from Nice-Ville station.

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Antibes – One-day itinerary from Nice station

Les remparts de la vieille ville d'Antibes
The ramparts of the old town of Antibes - Crédit Summer Hotels

Explore the charming village of Antibes and its picturesque Provencal market, easily accessible from Nice. Start your day with a stroll through the heart of old Antibes, where the Provencal market will seduce you with its scents and local specialties. For a tasty lunch break, head to Bistrot de Jules, nestled in the typical narrow streets of the old town. This restaurant offers authentic local cuisine, featuring regional delicacies.

After your meal, take a stroll along the quays of Port Vauban, which offers breathtaking views from its ramparts overlooking the town and the Mediterranean Sea. In winter, you can even gaze at the snow-capped peaks of the Mercantour: a breathtaking panorama. Finish your stroll with a visit to Antibes' superb cathedral.

Afterwards, stroll through the shopping streets and alleyways to discover the many boutiques and workshops showcasing objects and productions by local artisans. Before catching the train back to Nice, treat yourself to a delicious break with some of Antibes' best ice creams at Gelateria del Porto.

Another interesting option is to spend a day in Juan les Pins, just one stop from Antibes station. Here, you can discover sandy beaches, numerous private beaches and lively boutiques and restaurants.

  • How do I get there? Take the Nice-Cannes line, with departures every 30 minutes, for a train journey of around half an hour.

Cannes - One-day itinerary from Nice station

façade du Martinez à Cannes
Facade of the Martinez on the Croisette in Cannes - Crédit Summer Hotels

Cannes is famous for its glamour, red carpet, luxury boutiques and magnificent palaces lining the Croisette. However, beyond this iconic image, the city also hides an authentic, lesser-known side that's well worth exploring.

As you leave the station, explore the Forville covered market to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and discover a variety of flavors. Continuing your visit, make your way to the historic Suquet district. Stroll through its picturesque alleyways, admire its panoramic view of the city and immerse yourself in the soul of this place steeped in history. After climbing the winding streets of the old town, treat yourself to a well-deserved lunch break at Le 24 restaurant. The chef will delight you with typical French cuisine and local specialties.

Next, stroll along the famous Croisette for a seaside stroll. Contemplate the sumptuous palaces lining the Mediterranean Sea and take a moment to capture a selfie in front of the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals de Cannes. Continue your day with a shopping spree along the Rue d'Antibes, brimming with boutiques. For those with a sweet tooth, a must-see stop before getting back on the train is Jojo's Dough, where you can sample irresistible homemade cookies.

  • How do I get there? Take the Nice-Cannes line, with departures every 30 minutes, for a train journey of around 40 minutes.

Villefranche-sur-mer – One-day itinerary from Nice station

Villefranche-sur-mer dans le sud de la france
Port of Villefranche-sur-Mer – Credit Summer Hotels

Villefranche-sur-Mer, a charming little seaside resort, is distinguished mainly by its magnificent beach and picturesque village. The waterfront train station is an easy point of access. Start your visit with a pleasant stroll through the town's colorful alleyways, imbued with an atmosphere reminiscent of Italy. Don't miss a visit to Rue obscure, a 17th-century vaulted passageway: a must-see! In the heart of town, stop for a delicious pizza at Tosca, a renowned Italian restaurant.

Next, head for the Plage des Marinières, one of the few sandy beaches in the region. In July and August, this beach can be very busy, but out of season, you can enjoy a more peaceful swim. For water sports enthusiasts, Glisse Evasion offers a range of activities including parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and towed buoys. And with the train station just around the corner, it's easy to get back to Nice after a busy day in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

  • How to get to Villefranche-sur-Mer Villefranche-sur-Mer is just an 8-minute train ride from Nice Ville station. The Grasse-Vintimille line stops here, with trains running every quarter of an hour.

Monaco – One-day itinerary from Nice station

port de fontvieille à Monaco
Port of Fontvieille in Monaco - Credit Summer Hotels

The Principality of Monaco is easily accessible from Nice train station, allowing you to start your tour right in the heart of the city. To start the day, climb the rock where the Princely Palace stands. At around 11:55 a.m., watch the prince's carabinieri change guard. Nearby, stroll through the narrow streets to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and admire the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. For lunch, opt for Saint-Nicolas, where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices.

Then head back down to Port Hercule to admire the impressive yachts moored there. Your stroll will take you to Monte-Carlo and its famous casino, with its sublime Belle-Époque façade. Continue on to Larvotto, where you'll discover a charming sandy beach and a free Japanese garden.

  • How do I get there? The Grasse-Ventimille train line operates every day, with trains every 15/20 minutes. From Nice Ville, the journey takes around 22 minutes.

Menton – One-day itinerary from Nice station

 vieille ville de Menton
Old town of Menton - Crédit Summer Hotels

Renowned for its famous Lemon Festival, held every February, this seaside resort can easily be explored in a day from the Nice train station. Start your visit at the Halles market to immerse yourself in Menton's culinary culture. Then head for Menton's old town, with its picturesque streets and colorful facades. As you stroll along, you'll discover real architectural treasures, such as medieval gateways, old facades and private mansions. Don't forget to visit the Basilica of Saint-Michel, which dominates the town, offering a breathtaking view of the sea from its esplanade. For a delicious lunch, head to the Le Stanley restaurant on Place du Cap, offering authentic cuisine made with fresh produce.

After a meal and a good limoncello, take a stroll along Menton's old port and the Promenade du Soleil. Finally, explore the town's pedestrian streets to browse the boutiques and discover the many local artisans. For a gourmet break before heading back to Nice, stop off at Vanilla Bakery, a popular Menton teahouse.

  • How do I get there? The Grasse-Ventimiglia train line operates every day, with trains every 20 minutes. From Nice Ville, the journey takes around 35 minutes.

Nice Ville station is the perfect starting point for discovering the treasures scattered along the Côte d'Azur. Whether Antibes, Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco or Menton, a wide range of attractive destinations can be reached from this central station. Staying at the Hotel Khla, you'll enjoy a privileged location close to the station, allowing you to discover the surrounding area without constraints or stress.