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Three Ways to Get From Nice to Saint-Tropez

Finally ticked that French Riviera trip off your bucket list? Yay! Visiting Nice and St Tropez is no longer a dream.

But wait, the distance from Nice to St Tropez isn’t as dreamy as you imagine. The legendary beaches in St Tropez aren’t exactly near the town of Nice. In fact, these two famous locations are separated by 62 miles.

Well, you’re in luck today, because we’re going to talk about the three ways to get from Nice to Saint-Tropez. Whether you want to take the scenic route by land, or choose a luxurious private boat charter,  the journey from Nice to St Tropez can definitely turn into a memorable one. 

Let’s see which is the best option for you! 

Nice to Saint-Tropez via Car

If you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera, a popular and convenient option is to rent a car and drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez. The drive takes about two hours and has beautiful views along the coast throughout the journey.

To get started on your trip, rent a car from one of Nice’s many rental agencies. It is advisable to book ahead of time to secure any availability. Once you have your car, drive to Cannes on the A8 highway.

As you commence your drive on the A8, you’ll see signs directing you to Saint-Tropez. Take the exit towards Le Muy and keep going on the D25 leading to Saint-Tropez. You’ll drive through some beautiful towns and villages, such as Grimaud and Cogolin.

During peak season, the roads can get very busy, therefore plan your schedule accordingly. Even though the trip can take up a good amount of your time, the drive is worth it as it’s peppered with stunning views of the coast and cosy towns and beaches. You can in fact plan a pit-stop along the way to absorb all this scenic beauty.

Once you’ve reached Saint-Tropez, there are plenty of parking spots in and near the town centre. You can walk around the charming streets and colourful buildings, visit one of the many cafes or restaurants for a drink or meal, or relax on the beautiful beaches.

Nice to Saint-Tropez via Train

The train ride takes about two and a half hours, and you can enjoy the beautiful views of the French Riviera without having to deal with traffic or finding a parking spot.

Head to the Nice Ville train station in the city centre to start your trip. From there, take a train to Saint-Tropez’s nearest train station, which is Saint-Raphael Valescure. Trains are frequent which makes it a convenient way to commute.

Although trains can get quite packed during peak season, you can nonetheless buy your ticket at the station itself although we recommend you to pre-book and secure your seat online. Once you’re on board, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast.

Once you get to Saint-Raphael Valescure, there are plenty of buses and taxis you may take to reach Saint-Tropez. They are inexpensive and the drive is relatively short, lasting approximately 30-minutes.

When you’ve arrived at Saint-Tropez, walk around the charming town and spectacular beaches, rent a bike or scooter, or even take a boat tour for an extensive and in-depth view of the city’s beauty.

Nice to Saint-Tropez via Boat

For those seeking a unique, luxurious and extravagant way to travel from Nice to Saint-Tropez, renting a boat is undoubtedly the perfect option. Cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the French Riviera as well as the region’s most picturesque beaches and coves aboard your own rented boat will make for a memorable experience.

To rent a boat, head to one of the many rental agencies located in Nice, such as Rent a Boat. There are a variety of boats available, from small motorboats to larger yachts, depending on your budget and preferences.

Along your journey down the French Riviera from Nice’s port to Saint-Tropez you can sit back and relish in the scenic views of Private beaches like Plage de la Mala and Plage des Salins which are perfect for a swim as well as picnics.

It’s important to remember that boat rentals are fairly expensive, and you’ll either need a boating licence or hire a skipper. Yet, the breathtaking coastline and visits to the many interesting ports justifies the cost. 

Anchor your boat in  Saint-Tropez’s harbour and go ashore to discover the town and its renowned beaches, including the world-famous Pampelonne. There are also numerous places to eat and drink along the waterfront.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, three different ways to travel from Nice to Saint-Tropez. 

The French Riviera is a fantastic place to visit regardless of how you plan to get there—by car, train or boat. 

So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an adventure! Bon voyage!

Interested in renting a boat? Contact Rent a Boat at [email protected] or +44 7711863070. For more information, go to www.rentaboatbyhour.com.