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Getting to Eze

What is the best way to get from Nice France to Eze.
From what I understand it takes a little effort. Anyone know the best way?

Posted by Kent
Pacific Northwest
9314 posts

You're right, it does take some effort. I did it two weeks ago. I took bus 100 from Nice bus station to Eze-Bord-de-Mer (NOT where you want to go). From there, bus 83 takes you up the cliff (I mean cliff) to Eze-le-Village (your destination). Plan on a wait for the bus unless you hit it just right. An alternative is to take the train from Nice to Eze-Bord-de-Mer, then bus 83 as above. A 3rd way, and maybe the best but I didn't know it at the time, is: bus 82 or 114 goes directly from Nice to Eze-le-Village, so I'm told (verify bus numbers at Nice bus station). A 4th way: get to Eze-Bord-de-Mer by one of above methods, go to bus stop and check when next bus 83 is, if you don't want to wait that long, near bus stop I saw a sign with phone # for local taxi service; heard a rumor up on top that someone did this and it cost €25 - €30 one way, good if you could share the ride. For athletes, there's even a trail up the cliff from the lower Eze to Eze-le-Village, called the Nietzsche Trail(!)--this is a hike with a lot of uphill. MOST IMPORTANT: Watch "To Catch a Thief" before you go, it was filmed partly in Eze, starring Princess Grace when she was just a Hollywood actress and obviously before she was killed on the Corniche highway not far from Eze.

Posted by karen
131 posts

I had intended to go to Eze on my daytrip to Monaco but lingered too long there to do so with public transport. I would add to the good advice you have received already that you should try to avoid the weekend, and Sunday especially. Based in Villefranche, I used both the trains and buses a lot to get around (often with a Nice transfer). On Sunday service is much more limited, and that would be a good day to stay put!

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8700 posts

Kent: Web sites aren't necessarily more up to date than guidebooks. So your advice is good. Ask at the bus station (Gare Routiere) or at the Tourist Information Office next to the Nice Ville train station.

Posted by Christy
Laguna Beach, CA, USA
272 posts

As all others have said, it's pretty easy to catch a bus from Nice to Eze. It was a scenic trip and the buses were frequent. The bus lets you off right at the base of the village and then just wander up through all the marvelous streets and the cactus garden at the top provides great sea views. I brought some snacks, spread out a little picnic there and had a great lunch while basking in the sun and admiring the view. Going home I decided to get adventurous and try the Nietzsche trail. anyways...i believe i read somewhere that it was a pleasant 15 min hike down the hill. I was going solo and decided it would be a pleasant walk. I did enjoy it but i had no idea what i was in for! It was a bit strenuous, even going down, and it didn't help that i was in flip flops! it was quite steep, with lots of big rock steps. granted, the views were great and it was peaceful. but it took nearly an hour and i worked up quite a sweat! didn't see another soul the entire time on the trail.

Posted by John
Beaulieu Sur Mer, France
2 posts

Hi Christy,

Funny you mention flip flops on the trail from Eze Village. We live in the next town over, Beaulieu Sur Mer. I do the trail every week for exercise. The sign states 1hr each way. I can't tell you how many people I have seen trying to hike the trail in High Heel shoes and/or flip flops, Sunday best, etc. Someone should be more clear in the guide books and let people know it is not a walk in the park with your small child or even your small dog.

Posted by Christy
Laguna Beach, CA, USA
272 posts

John and Kent--
Glad you guys enjoyed my report on my trail adventure! It was a story I recounted quite a few times when I returned home. I know somewhere I read it was only 15 minutes or so. I am a pretty active person so physical things are usually not an issue. But as I mentioned, the flip flops made it more challenging. I had a sack with the remains of my picnic lunch in one hand, my day bag across my body and was listening to my Ipod. It was a warm day too. I remember about halfway down there was a place where the trail got very narrow and it was quite high up. I am scared of heights so even though there was plenty of space to walk, it was still too narrow for my liking. I swear it took me nearly 10 minutes to pass along this 10 foot stretch b/c I was so nervous! I took the IPOD off to concentrate and scooted along with my back next to the rock side of the trail. By this point I was also sweating with shirt sleeves pushed up. The views of the sparkling sea made it all worth it :)