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Practicalities - Helping you get the most out of your holiday rental apartment in Nice and the French Riviera

Friendly and efficient English-speaking company Friend in France is our choice for airport transfers. Guests are met at the airport arrival lounge by an English speaker and are transferred directly from Nice Airport to the doorstep of your apartment in central Nice. Friend in France can also take you directly to your rental apartment in Antibes, Cannes or Monaco. They also provide tours of the region including Riviera highlights such as Eze, Monaco, St Paul de Vence, Cannes and Grasse. You can book your airport transfers with Friend in France to your Riviera Pebbles apartment at the online checkout when you make a reservation with us. For a wide range of tours across the French Riviera, please contact Mira at friend-in-france@hotmail.co.uk

For information about public transport from the airport, you should look at the Nice Airport website which can be accessed in English.

The TAM network route has coaches and buses that link the main towns across the Riviera. The most popular ones are the 100 (Nice to Menton), 112 (Nice to Beausoleil), 200 (Nice to Cannes), 217 (Nice to Villeneuve-Loubet), 400 (Nice to Vence), and the 500 (Nice to Grasse), but there are over 30 good routes. There is a single price policy operated which is currently € 1 for any single journey. You cannot purchase a return ticket.

The service which operates outside the single price policy is the airport shuttle buses, numbers 98 and 99. These cost € 4 and entitle you to one-day unlimited travel on any bus across the network.

The local network for Nice and the surrounding areas is Ligne d’Azur. The single price ticket of € 1 is in operation with Ligne d’Azur buses.

There is a Tramway in Nice which operates every 5 minutes during peak hours, and every 8 minutes otherwise. It costs € 1.

The local network for Monaco is operated by CAM. This operates five routes.

The local network for Cannes is Palm Bus. Single fares can be paid currently € 1,40 or 10 journey books for € 10 and week passes can be bought on the bus. Return tickets are available.

The local train network can be accessed at the SNCF website.

If you are touring Europe, then we would recommend taking a look at the European Rail Guide. You can book France’s famous high-speed rail service, the TGV, which links over 60 destinations across the length of France here.

Elite Rent-a-Car provides the latest models of cars to rent with a fleet from a city runaround Smart car, family favourite Renault Megane or extravagant high-end cars likes the Ferrari California. Regardless of budget, every client is a VIP client to Elite and they offer a very personal service where they will deliver the car to you, wherever you want it. At the airport or train station, there is no need to find an unfamiliar office in an unfamiliar location. Elite will meet you at the arrivals area with a card with your name on it and take you directly to the rental car. And they are not just in Nice; they can deliver a car to you anywhere on the continent, to suit you.

We also like that with Elite, you reserve a specific car/model, not a ‘category’. This means that the model of car you book is the car Elite will deliver. One of the Elite team is dedicated to each car delivery, they are there to help with luggage loading and GPS programming and more. Travelers can drive relaxed knowing they can contact Elite anytime for emergencies, itinerary changes, or just questions, with a team of bilingual personnel on call around the clock to cater to your needs. For clients who don't want to drive, there's even a private and professional chauffeur service.

Most of our holiday rental apartments in Nice, Cannes and Antibes do not have a telephone in the apartment. Where there is a telephone in the holiday apartment, this will be advertised in the particulars section. The lack of a phone does not cause many problems to our European guests as 95% bring their mobile phones to use whilst they are here. For American and Canadian guests, this can be a problem, and we would suggest that if your rental apartment does not have a phone, or if you are travelling Europe, you might want to consider hiring a phone for your holiday.

Cellular Abroad is the number one source for international cell phone rentals and prepaid SIM cards. They have been providing thousands of customers with quality products service for over 5 years. Having a SIM cell phone (GSM phone) is an essential tool for you to stay in touch with family and friends while you are abroad. Whether you are staying in one of our holiday rental apartments for business or pleasure, they can provide you with economical solutions for international cell phones, to rent or purchase.

Emmanuel Sofonea

Emmanuel Sofonča is a personal chef with more than twenty years experience throughout the world. He will create unforgettable custom meals whether it's for business lunches, parties, or any other event you may host in your home.

James Alexandre is a personal chef who specialises in catering for families who want to save hassle and time in the kitchen. His company, Bravura, can tailor their service to suit our Nice self catering apartments and our guests needs. They can provide just a few meals to a full package of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices are circa 2,000 euros plus expenses for a full week package and circa 300 euros, plus expenses, for cooking a meal, though at least three must be booked.

If you’re looking for travel cover, we suggest Globelink Travel Insurance. They offer competitive rates and a comprehensive range of policies from single trip to annual cover. We particularly like the different levels of cover they offer, such as backpacker cover, economy, and fully comprehensive. It is important that you take out insurance before staying in a holiday rental apartment in case you have an accident that is your fault.


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