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Living the high life

Living the high life

If Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, Cannes is its center stage. In this city of stars, meager plebeians mingle with celebrities, the nouveaux-riche and old aristocracy under the haute Mediterranean sky. Whether you pronounce the city "Can" or "Cahn" it’s one city you should "do" in your lifetime – if only to see how the other half excessively lives (personal views aside.)

The city is awaiting your arrival from the moment you step on the train anywhere along the Cote D’Azur. The landscape opens up like a tease – gliding along the coast, tempting you with sexy beaches and foamy waves gently lapping at the shore.

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Exit the train and become part of the glitterati set. Walk over to La Croisette, the waterfront avenue lined with palm trees. Stop at a café for a glass of bubbly, throw on your oversized sunglasses and let the people watching commence. If you’re lucky, check into one of the white marbled landmark hotels. This street is the original model for other highfalutin havens of the rich. Think Beverly Hills and Palm Beach.

The city has been a jet-set hub since 1870, when some English noblemen fell in love with the climate and the food. They came and built summer villas and so began the notion of vacation homes. Today, there are more luxury boutiques and exclusive brands per square foot in Cannes than in Paris. It’s no wonder then that Cannes became a festival sensation. Celebs need more than fine Frette linens in which to lay their heads, but luxe shopping and dining too.

Every June, the Cannes International Film Festival takes places at the Palais des Festival. Pose as paparazzi to get a glimpse of the red carpet regalia. If you don’t have a press pass, just head to the beach, where you’ll spot stars sunbathing (perhaps topless) while munching on pan bagnat (a salad nicoise on white bread.)

Want to come down from the high life? Head to Le Suquet, the old quarter in Cannes. This is the original neighborhood for Cannes fishermen and is at least 400 years old. Known for the Rue St. Antoine – its winding, cobbled lane lined with local restaurants, you’ll also find a clock tower and church that overlooks the Bay of Cannes. At the bottom of the street on Rue Dr. P. Gayagnaire is the Marche Forville, the town’s primary fruit, flower and vegetable market. On Monday, it’s a bric-a-brac flea market where you can find a fiscally responsible souvenir to take home (read: Not Hermes or Chanel.)

Like this laid-back lifestyle? About two hours from Cannes, Marseille, while large in area, can seem like a quiet fishing village. It’s been an inspiration for artists for centuries, thanks to the fresh sea air, ancient architecture and colorful atmosphere. And you can use your France Rail Pass to get here!

This should help paint the perfect picture of the Cote d’Azur. There are the beautiful people and then there are the real people. Selling wares at market stalls, fishing for their lives, watching the world around them in awe and with slight trepidation. In essence, they are no different than you.

Cannes station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Cannes.

Cannes city guide

Customer reviews

  • Value for money
    Good Experience | Jagrut Manharlal j. | 2015/07/14
    "It was good experience to travel with Rail Europe. Seating comfort is very good. It is required to improve the storage of luggage. It is becoming difficult to store the luggage specially when whole family is travelling together. Moreover, while booking time , there is no selection for the choices of seats so when seats are reserved for upper floor of the train , it is becoming difficult to move the luggage. "

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    booking was a waste | Min s. | 2014/12/21
    "I booked for the trip, but it turned out that no need to book a regional train with a Fench pass. Then why the Hong Kong agency booked the train and charged me for the booking? Because booking doe snot make a difference, I did not take that train, and took an earlier train. The train had some problem and stoped in the middle of the trip, so we had to change to another train. We arrived about 3 hours after the schedule. "

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    Nice experience | Mohammed z. | 2014/11/10
    "Train was on time and seats very comfortable and good thing is they have socket to charge your mobile . "

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    Cannes to Paris - 29 Sept | Terry y. | 2014/10/10
    "Comfortable ride though the departure time was delayed by about 45 minutes. "

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    Paris Gare Lyon to Cannes | Terry y. | 2014/10/08
    "Travellers gathered at the hall to check the platform number until suddenly everyone flocked to the train when the TV screen displayed it. It was chaotic with people trying to get into the train without delay. We thought travelling by First Class should have been more convenient without hassle. However, it turned out that we had to run for our lives to locate the correct coach. The coach was subsequently found to be the most distant one of the train from the platform. There was no tips to tell the travellers (particularly foreign tourists) how to locate the appropriate coach. It should have been highlighted in the ticket for easy reference. The printed e-ticket had displayed problem with the Coach No. overlapped with the Seat No. so we had to guess which coach the First Class should be. Luckily, there was only one First Class coach. The coach door was not automatically closed nor the toilet outside, resulting in filthy smell which all passengers hated. "

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    Paris - Cannes | Omar a. | 2014/08/26
    "Was very difficult to move luggage to and from the train with children!!!!! "

  • Good value for money | . | 2014/08/20
    "Everything is fine if you have an e-ticket, but although you do have your seat number it does not state on which carrier your seat is. Only after asking a couple of administrative people at the Cannes station did one lady show us that if you print your ticket it shows you on which carrier your seats are situated. Announcements are VERY unclear in English and Dutch/Belgium on the train itself. "

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    TGV Lyria Experience | Larisa b. | 2014/08/06
    "The train itself is perfect, fast, comfortable and very clean. The only points which made me disappointed is: 1. I did not reach my destination point. Train stopped before Geneva and I have to take bus than. Nobody informed me about it. On my ticket mentioned direct train Cannes-Geneva. 2. You have to create on your web site seat selection option, as some of travellers carry with them big suitcases. So, it is much comfortable to sit next to baggage place. Apart of that, everything was perfect and I always enjoy travelling by your trains. "

  • TGV Cannes to Paris | . | 2014/07/31
    "We travelled first class on 21st July 2014 Cannes to Paris on the 13:06. Value for money was excellent and seats in the train were very comfortable. The train left on time but incurred a 28 minute delay due to a trackside fire, not in any way the fault of SNCF. Cannes station offered rather few facilties. It was a disappointment that there was no in-seat food or drinks service during the 5 hour train journey. A light meal or even trolly service would be my normal expectation for first class. "

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    Paris - Cannes | Arild n. | 2014/07/17
    "Nice and comfortable ride, but quite pricy. "

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