I know I am obsessed with France and Italy, but you have to trust me about this one: do go and visit Cote D’Azur. That french “Azur” is so seductive, that you’ll instantly fall in love. When you hear French Riviera I’m sure you think about luxury, aristocrats, upper-class, but that doesn’t mean you cannot travel there on a budget 😛
I recommend you book your hotel in Nice. It is a large cosmopolitan city and you can easily travel by bus or train to Cannes and Monaco. If you are on a budget, catch bus 99 (to train station)/bus 98(to Old Nice) from the airport (there are ticket machines inside the airport terminal or you can buy them from the driver) to the city centre of Nice.
In Nice, go to Promenade D’anglais (by bus or tram) and from there explore the promenade, the beach, go up the stairs to Castle Hill and admire from above the panoramic views over the coast ( don’t worry you’ll find signs everywhere to guide you).
Nice to Monaco/Menton by bus
Bus 100 to Menton – from the centre of the Port (have cash on you to buy the ticket from the driver). There are five stops in Monaco . Place d’ Armes is the first stop and Place des Moulins the last one. Step out the bus before Place des Moulins if you want to see Monte Carlo. The casino is small, but worth going inside. You’ll pay 10 euros for the entrance (also have an ID with you).
N.B. The last bus back from Monaco to Nice is around 8:30 pm.
Nice to Cannes by bus
Catch bus 200. Even if the trip by bus takes longer than the one by train, the bus ticket will cost you only 1,50 euros. So, it’s a good way to save money. The bus leaves every 20-30 minutes daily from the rue Verdun/Albert 1ere bus stop, which is between the Meridian Hotel and the start of the Promenade du Paillon gardens.
In Cannes, I recommend to visit Le Suquet – from where you can see a panoramic view over Cannes and then visit the shops around this historical area, walk around the painted walls of Cannes and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beach.