[map]Place Garibaldi, Nice, France[/map]
Our goal was to visit the charming medieval village of Eze just outside of Nice. Our hotel was in Antibes so we arrived at Nice Ville station (Gare de Nice Ville) by train. This is where the fun begun.
Order of Things (follow the list):
- Arrive at Nice Ville train station.
- Purchase bus and tram tickets (not sold in the train station).
- Make your way to the tram.
- Take the tram to Place Garibaldi.
- Find the correct stop where the bus for Eze leaves from.
- Take bus #82 to Eze.
Buying bus tickets and getting to Eze from Nice Ville station (was a nightmare):
There was no information anywhere at the station on how to get to Eze. You’d figure sine it is a very popular tourist attraction, they would provide something to help you out. Well, they didn’t! Unless, of course, that changed since we were there in 2013. I will do my best to make this as un-painful as possible.
When you arrive at the train station, be aware that the bus tickets are NOT sold anywhere inside the station. We wasted a lot of time trying to find where to buy the tickets. Once you exit the train station, walk to your right and then cross the main street. Once on the other side, you should see, right on the corner, a bus place called Veolia Transport. This is where you purchase your tickets. You are looking for tickets to Eze Village but also the tram to get to Place Garibaldi.
Once you purchase your tickets, come outside then walk right. Cross the viaduct bridge. Keep walking (keeping to the right side of the street) until you reach the main street with the trams. Street is called Avenue Jean Medicine. You’ll know you’re there once you see the tram tracks in the ground. You will want to take the tram going right.
The ride should be around 20 minutes. The tram will pass right through Place Garibaldi, so just exit at the stop right after the square. Take a look at the pictures so you will know what it looks like.
Place Garibaldi is a busy but fascinating square. It is not only the largest in Nice but also one of the oldest. It was built in the second half of the 18th century. It is home to many cafes, shops, bars and Grand Café de Turin, famous for its seafood and al fresco dining from where you can people watch. At this point, you can take a break for coffee but make sure you don’t miss your bus because it only comes around once an hour if not longer.
Once we arrived at the square, the hunt for the correct bus stop began. This square is so busy and it has a couple main streets of Nice run right through it. It was a blistering hot day and we were walking from bus stop to bus stop. Not every bus stop had bus information posted so we were at the mercy of other people waiting at the bus stops to tell us the correct spot for bus #82. We waited about an hour for this bus just to find we were at the wrong bus stop anyway, even though we asked. It seemed there were quite a few other people waiting for the same bus, at the wrong bus stop too. The only positive point of all that waiting was that we were able to take some nice photos and catch up on our tans.
We finally found the correct stop, which ended up being on Rue Catherine Segurane. The street right behind the fountain in the above picture. Once on bus #82, it was smooth sailing from there on to the medieval village of Eze.