Last year I wrote a post discussing how to travel around the Amalfi Coast on a Budget – which you can read here – and it was one of my website’s most successful articles to date. My blog is very much a balance of being on a student backpacker budget but trying to squeeze as much as possible out of that small budget, and so when thinking of where else in Europe might appear to be an unattainable destination for my readers, the French Riviera sprung to mind.
Like my last post, I’ll be looking at dates to visit in mid-July because the goal is for my readers to be able to travel to the best places at the best time possible for as little a price as can be. Of course, you can visit these places from October to April at a fraction of the cost, but you won’t get the incredible weather or the experience of visiting at the most exciting time of year.
This is pretty much average for all the most popular towns along the coast, so my solution for saving money on accommodation first and foremost would be to book in the larger cities of Marseilles or Nice. If you’re flying into the French Riviera, you will fly into either of these cities, so to stay in either of them inconveniences you no less than any of the other towns. In terms of location, I would recommend staying in Nice, as it is directly between Cannes and St Tropez to the West and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Monte Carlo to the East. For the same dates in Nice city centre, you can book a 3 star hotel from as little as £49 per night and 4 star hotels start at £95. On accommodation alone, for a four night stay you could save upwards of £480.
Compared to getting around in other parts of Europe, the Côte d’Azur has not only direct and cheap connections between its biggest tourist towns, most of them are less than an hour from the other. In terms of food, I would advise booking a hotel that has breakfast included and perhaps just getting lunch or drinks in one of the surrounding towns instead of buying all three meals. Because Nice is a city, you’ll be able to find supermarkets and chain restaurants and bars which will decrease the cost opposed to independents elsewhere on the coast. Alternatively, you could look on AirBnB to find accommodation with a kitchen in Nice that means you won’t have to eat out at all and can just cook your meals at home.www.caitlinjeanrussell.com/subscribe.