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PlanesEasyJet flies to Nice (half an hour to Cannes by taxi, about €80) from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Belfast. British Airways also serves Nice, and British Midlands flies there from Nottingham. Nice Helicoptères (+33 (0)4 93 21 34 32) charges about €135 plus tax per person for a return trip from Nice to Cannes.
TrainsThe TGV from Paris to Cannes takes five and a half hours; you must reserve seats. Useful railway websites: www.sncf.com; www.tgv.com; www.eurostar.com. Train services along the coast are good.
AutomobilesSpinning along by the sea between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins may be an essential element of the Riviera fantasy but, in reality, the coastal road can get a bit congested around the summer bank holidays, and driving within Cannes itself is a no-no, with fiendish one-ways, and bans during the film festival and big conferences.
TaxisYou can hail taxis on the street, or ring (0)4 92 99 27 27 (pick-up charge applies).