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Public Transportation On The French Riviera

Nice AirportLigne d’azur: Public Transport of Nice ;  Transports Alpes-Maritimes (TAM)
Bus Azur les Transports en Commun de Cannes, le Cannet, Mandelieu la Napoule ; Envibus: Antibes Area
Compagnie des transports Communauté de la Riviera Française (Menton area) ; Sillages STGA (Syndicat Intercommunal des Transports Grasse-Antibes) A complete, regular urban transport bus service for Grasse, Le Tignet, Pegomas, Antibes, Valbonne and Cannes central.

Other attractions you will enjoy
Chemins de Fer de Provence: Nice – Digne
Ajaccio and Corsica by ferry



Tramway Nice Côte d’Azur



Date is June 19, 2012
Tram project approved – The Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has given the green light for Nice’s second tram line. The approval by Prefect Jean-Paul Drevet means work on the 758-million line will begin before the end of the year. The most difficult stage involves the construction of 3.2-kilometre long tunnel to the Nice Port, which will begin in 2013. The line should be up and running by 2017.

As the French saying goes ‘nine women cannot have a baby in a month’



In a surprise move, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi changed his mind about running Line 2 up the Promenade des Anglais and instead went with a plan that provides an 8.6 kilometer “tram/metro” with 3.6 kilometers below ground. It will cost €’450,000,000 and carry 110,000 – 140,000 daily passengers. It will run between Gare de Riquier and new? Gare Multimodal Saint-Augustin.
Boulevard Rene Cassin / Avenue Californie at the Champion/Carrefour food market has a tramway in its future.
Fifty-three years after the closure of the Tramway de Nice et du Littoral, the Tramway de Nice began to serve its Northern and Eastern sections. 2007 saw the completion of Line 1 serving the North-South needs of the city. Line 2 now addresses the East-West needs. This WebSite will be updated continuously until completion of Line 2 in Year 2017.


Well, they have put together a great WebSite on the Construction of Line 2 (
Constantly changing pictures, current videos, news flashes.




Old Tram and New Tram

These pictures were taken from an idential spot. The old tram is undated, but you an judge by the cars
The street is/has been called:
1. vallon Saint-Michel before Nice was a city,
2. avenue du Prince-Impérial during the Second Empire (in honor of Napoléon Eugène Louis Bonaparte),
3. avenue de la Gare
4. avenue de la Victoire after the First World War
5. avenue Jean-Médecin (in honor of Jean Médecin who was the mayor for 33 years from 1928 to 1943 and 1947 to 1965).



Tram de Nice at Place Massena. The mayor of Nice lights the statues for the first time. (November 16, 2007)

Tramway de Nice et du Littoral

The Tramway de Nice was the first tramway system serving the city of Nice, France. The tramway began operations on 27 February 1879 using horse drawn tramcars.
The creation of the Compagnie des Tramways de Nice et du Littoral (TNL) was encouraged by the rapid rise in population of Nice and surrounding towns and villages.
The TNL’s aim was to build a network linking Nice to several towns along the coast on a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3?in) narrow gauge network. Lines were:
* Cagnes-sur-Mer – Nice – Beaulieu – Monte Carlo – Menton
* Nice urban network.

All lines were electrified in 1900 and operated by single car tramcars. In 1930 the TNL was operating 144km of lines, 183 tramcars and 96 trailers. At Cagnes, passengers could board trams of the Tramway de Cannes and travel to Juan-les-Pins, Cannes and Mandelieu.
Unfortunately, the coastal line had heavy bus competition. Coastal lines were replaced by buses as early as 1929, the entire suburban network disappeared in 1934 with many comments from the press saluting the disappearance of the old way of transport. Nice decided to slowly close the tramway network and by 1939, only 4 lines remained open. Due to World War II and the requisition of buses, two lines were reopened. The network was then operated by 48 tramcars and 22 trailers. A few tramcars were rebuilt in 1942.
After World War II, the badly maintained tramways were showing their age, which was surprising for such a popular mode of transport in a touristic city such as Nice. Tramways were replaced by trolleybuses from 1948 and the last tramway ran on 10 January 1953.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will start. This is the port of Nice.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Line 2 intersects Line 1 at Place Garibaldi.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Place Wilson is an important bus stop.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. View of Avenue Jean Medecin from the air. Interchange Line 1 here.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Alsace-Lorraine near intersection of Avenue Gambetta and Boulevard Victor Hugo.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. The tunnel heading West ends at Grosso.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Avenue Madeleine and Californie. The big fire station is at the bottom right.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Hopital Lenval is a landmark on this street.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Boul Rene Cassin Approaches Aeroport. See top of old airplane.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Boulevard Rene Cassin Approaches Arenas.


Here is where Line 2 of the Nice Tramway will go. Saint Augustin MultiModal Terminal will be here.





The Driver’s waiting for a fare–but NOT IN NICE! You can’t “hail a cab” in Nice. It’s against the law. Call them from your hotel or find them at their clearly marked taxi stations (outside hotels, etc). Be sure to take the first in line too!



Hotels in Antibes/Juan-les-pins and the surrounding areas


Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, and always an active port for trading along the Mediterranean. Today it’s an attractive and active town, popular with “foreigners” from Paris and the north of France, with non-French, and with the local population.

The natural beauty remains in the vieille ville (old town), with the ramparts along the sea and the long, arched protective wall along the port. There are plenty of little streets for exploring, restaurants of all types and prices, and lots of shops, from authentic little hardware/general-stores to tourist gift shops.


Antibes is the proper name of this ancient town, but it’s commonly referred to as Antibes – Juan-les-Pins. The Juan-les-Pins part is a seaside resort and night-life area of sandy beaches, boutiques, night clubs and casino. The two places are close together, a good walk or short drive over the hill of the narrow part of the peninsula, or a longer and lovely drive around the coastline of the Cap d’Antibes.

Plage de La Garoupe (La Garoupe Beach), on the Cap d’Antibes, used to be the favourite beach of Fitzgerald and Murphy. The Cap d’Antibes, marked by the lighthouse at the highest point, is a lush setting of some very large and very expensive estates, even by “French Riviera” standards. It also has the hotel of choice for some famous people, such as Madonna, who prefer to avoid the bright lights and bussel of the Croissette in Cannes during their short stays on the Côte d’Azur.



WebCams of Monaco; view of Le Méridien Beach Plaza view of Le Méridien Beach Plaza



WebCam of Hercule harbour in Monaco

Chambre de Développement Economique de Monaco  Riviera Radio 106.5 FM
Visit Monaco Official Site  Official Government Portal  Prince’s Palace of Monaco
International University of Monaco



Picture was taken from near the castle of the Prince of Monaco in 1915.
WOW! Monte Carlo was different then! Half a dozen boats in the harbor is now a hundred. The hillside is now populated beyond belief.


Picture was taken from near the casino of Monaco.
The first Grand Prix was in 1929 and pictures from the race show race cars crossing the tram tracks.

The Oceanographic Museum is a museum of marine sciences in Monaco-Ville, Monaco.

Inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I, this exceptional museum of marine sciences is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a grandiose façade rising majestically above the sea to a height of 279 feet. It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from nearby La Turbie. The museum’s holdings also include a great variety of sea related objects, including model ships, sea animal skeletons, tools, weapons, etc. An aquarium is housed in the basement of the museum which showcases a spectacular array of flora and fauna. 4000 species of fish and over 200 families of invertebrates can be seen. It features a presentation of Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystems. Jacques Cousteau was its director for many years, beginning in 1957.
Besides a museum and aquarium, it is involved in studying the polar ice caps, the Antartic region and global warming.
Monaco sponsored an expedition to the North Pole.


Monte Carlo view of Forum Grimaldi.

This is a most magnificant exhibition and cultural center. It is right on the Mediterranean Sea. In Summer, 2007, this center hosted an exhibition on the life of Grace Kelly.
The Grimaldi family has reigned over the “Rock” for 700 years. Despite its restricted space, Monte-Carlo is an enchanting place, where everything is combined for entertainment and leisure. This town is a heaven of peace and serenity.


Antique Monaco postcard. Before railroad was tunneled through Monaco. St Devote Chapel is in the background.


Monte Carlo Grand Prix is about the most famous race in the World.

The Casino is magical and crowded with the most famous and richest people in the world.
All of them gather for one of the major events of the year: the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, which takes place in the streets of the city. The nights are marvelous: charity dinner or gala organized by the Grimaldi family in its Palace, dancing in night-clubs such as The Living Room, gambling in the Casino.


Couple of pictures from the Grand Prix Classic thanks to Riviera Radio 106.5 FM in Monaco



Monte Carlo Casino




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