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How To Reach Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez is a small town located around 100 km away from Nice in the Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region of south-eastern France. Previously just a simple fishing village, Saint-Tropez rose to fame during the ’50s after featuring in a French movie and transformed into a holiday favourite among wealthy vacationers. The old harbour features some of the most popular tourist spots of Saint-Tropez within walking distance of it, while the numerous museums of the city attract history and art lovers as well. A world-renowned seaside resort, Saint-Tropez is frequented by the rich and famous as well who prefer the luxurious yet rustic atmosphere of the town. Read on to know more about the various ways to reach Saint-Tropez.
The quickest way to reach Saint-Tropez is via flights. The local airport that is just 17 km, or a 40-minute drive away from the village of Saint-Tropez is La Mole. However, the airport only services private jets and helicopters, and occasionally charter flights from select destinations. The next nearest airport is the Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport that services numerous international flights at regular intervals. Marseille-Provence International Airport is a little further away from Nice and also operates several major airlines from various destinations. Airport transfers and taxis are available from either airport to get to Saint-Tropez. The drive time from Nice Airport to Saint-Tropez is 1 hour and 30 minutes approximately, and from Marseille is around 2 hours. Buses and trains are also available from the airport to the village.
Since the local airport La Mole is serviced by several helicopter companies, travellers coming in from Nice or other cities on the French Riviera can simply opt for a helicopter transfer from the airport to Saint-Tropez for a more scenic route to reach the village. The helicopter flights are usually operated only during the summer months.
Many high-speed trains make Saint-Tropez reasonably accessible via rail networks. While there is no train station in Saint-Tropez itself, St Raphael and Les Arcs-Draguignan are the two nearest railway stations from the village that are served by France’s SNCF, TGV and Auto Train networks. The journey from Paris to Saint-Tropez can be covered in just under 5 hours via the TGV train. From either station, travellers can take buses that go directly to Saint-Tropez.
Saint-Tropez is a relatively small town with narrow roads that are prone to congestion during busy hours. If travellers plan to bring their own car, it is advisable to park it in the large parking lot at the border of the town and walk the rest of the short distance to Saint-Tropez. Buses are also available from all neighbouring towns like Nice and Marseille; from Nice Airport, travellers can catch a bus to St Raphael and transfer to another direct bus to Saint-Tropez.
Saint-Tropez is accessible from all big cities and towns on the French Riviera through ferries and boats. On your travels to coastal cities like Nice, Cannes etc., travellers can simply hire a boat from here to Saint-Tropez in the morning and return the same day after exploring all the major sights in the town. Choose between charter boats, group boat-trips or ferries to reach Saint-Tropez from any big town on the French Riviera. Travellers can also choose boat rides to transfer from airport towns nearby to Saint-Tropez.
Saint-Tropez is a very small town that doesn’t require more than a day to explore most of its local attractions. Walking is the best way to go about the village. Some of the best beaches in Saint-Tropez though are located a few kilometres away from the town centre; these beaches can be reached through the local public transport system that includes minibus shuttles. Driving is also possible in the town if you have own car, but be prepared to encounter frequent traffic jams and parking space hurdles.