Cote D’Azur on a budget

A bucket load of sunshine, magnificent dining, golden sands and beautiful people, it can only point to one place – the French Rivera. More specially for this trip, Cannes. It was October and I was heading back after my first encounter in July for a friends hen party. I wanted to indulge one more time before the end of the season with a few friends.

A lot of people will automatically expect the Côte d’Azur  area to be somewhere only to visit if you have money to burn or you’re happy to sell a kidney in order to visit. Fear not I am a thrifty traveller, so with some good planning you can still hit the Mediterranean hotspot and still party like a A-lister.

Visiting Cannes can be expensive, in fact anywhere along the French Rivera tends to pull on the purse strings – but should this stop you from travelling there? Should you miss out on those stunning ocean views and Cosmopolitan beach vibes? No way. Budget! 

Flights // The first thing I always do is book my flights well in advance. I cannot stress how important this is. By booking so far in advance you will potentially snap up early bird deals, and find cheaper rates because the demand won’t be so high. I always have a hunt on airline social pages for the latest deals and offers. For visiting Cannes, I have flown into Nice airport with both British Airways and more recently Monarch

Having never flown with Monarch before, I must admit the service and whole experience was spot on. British airways tend to host larger aircraft, whereas Monarch is smaller but somewhat  more spacious. It was actually a very hassle free experience, which is always an added bonus. Flights were very reasonable with an average of £116 return flying out from Birmingham airport. You can check in online with ease and even if checking a bag in, bag drop is very simple to do. 

Transfers // There are many transfer services available from Nice to Cannes, and whilst normally I would be fully advocating a coach style transfer, the last two times I have just gone private. For the experience teamed with effortless, a private transfer is around 70 euros each way, which split between friends isn’t horrendous. The transfer from Nice to Cannes is around 40minutes so a comfortable, carefree journey sets the scene nicely. 

Accommodation // If you chose to stay in a hotel in Cannes, that is where you will find your money gobbled. The best thing is to hire an apartment or use Air Bnb. You can make it even cheaper by staying about 10 minutes out of Cannes in a place called La Bocca. This is where I have stayed both times to give myself a chilled setting, then head into Cannes to explore in the day and party at night. There are many frequent buses by a company called Palm Bus, these run every 15minutes and one trip costs €1.50. 

Food // I didn’t eat out all the time, as again if you plan to do that you will be looking to pay on average €32 per dish. Obviously you can explore and find the less commercial and more quirky restaurants, but in the hip and happening spots the prices will show. We did dinner at Baoli Cannes on one night then lunch at C Beach on our last day, the rest of the time we ate in the Apartment. It was so easy just doing a food shop on arrival, which I must admit was very reasonable… and French food is the best anyway!

Night life // As mentioned we went to Baoli club for both trips, this was where the extravagant dinner was our holiday treat. We ordered our wine and food then basically danced the night away. It can get very expensive in there if you are buying drinks all night… so be warned. That being said the atmosphere in there is absolutely fantastic, so you might find yourself loving that much more and not needing loads to drink.

Shopping // Want to keep your trip cheap? Well, I hate to say it but don’t shop here. In all honestly don’t bother even looking. The main La Croisette is lathered with designer shops, from the likes of Armani to Celine, to Pucci and Cartier. If you found a definition of lush in the dictionary this area would be listed next to it. Unfortunately if you want shopping and you want thrifty Cannes is t the one. 

Activities // There are the generic ‘holiday’ activies such as boat trips and tours, but these will come at  price. You need to figure out if you really need to be doing something busy each day. If like me you want to keep active fitness wise, then have a look at map my run for some great running routes.

I would happily return to Cannes. I have seen both peak season and the end of the season, and I loved both for very different reasons. I felt more special the 2nd time round because it was less busy, but I must admit July was epic! You honestly don’t need to be doing a lot here as the beaches are beautiful, you can simply become absorbed in the scenery. Anyways hopefully that has given you some easy pointers on visiting Cannes and the rest of the French Rivera.



  1. La French Connection
    November 6, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Coming from there, I can't but appreciate an article like that! Thanks for sharing your tips with people, it's always great to have foreigner visit our region 🙂

    Mika |

    • Annie B
      November 6, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Really? That is such a lovely thing to say! I adore France. Perhaps you can give me some tips!

  2. Lilinha Angel
    November 6, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Fantastic tips, it's great to know how to travel on a budget, meaning that we can travel to more places! 🙂

  3. Kathryn Watson
    November 6, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    I've never been here but it looks a beautiful place xx

  4. Candice Nikeia
    November 7, 2016 / 1:28 am

    Thank you for the great tips! I love all your beautiful photos and your chic swimsuit! I am so glad you had a wonderful time!

    xoxo, Candice Nikeia

  5. Laura Ferry
    November 7, 2016 / 3:12 am

    Your post has really inspired me to look into different destinations for my holidays! xxx

  6. Hannah Heartss
    November 7, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Wow so many pretty pictures, I would love to go on holiday soon x

  7. Jade Bremner
    November 7, 2016 / 11:49 am

    It looks lovely, I'm in need of a holiday but not sure where I want to go x

  8. Christine Dodd
    November 7, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    I agree that you should book flights early – we use Monarch a lot and find them excellent.

  9. Rhian Westbury
    November 7, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    What lovely photos, looks like a great trip x

  10. Beautykinguk
    November 8, 2016 / 10:25 am

    What amazing photos, I am not too sure I would ever want to leave with views like that.

  11. Melanies Fab Finds
    November 8, 2016 / 10:56 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time and you made some great savings on the holiday too.

  12. Abracadabra Girl
    November 8, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Some great ideas there I've always wanted to visit Cannes . K x

  13. Melissa Major
    November 8, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Looks like an amazing holiday! very helpful budget tips too

  14. Ginger Sanches
    November 8, 2016 / 9:20 pm

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  15. Georgia C
    November 8, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Brilliant tips, we are quite savvy travellers me and my partner and this has helped me a lot more then you know, I have overlooked air bnb so much but I won't again. And I've always steered clear of the south of France and in particular Cannes but now we can holiday for a reasonable price!

  16. Nicol
    November 9, 2016 / 11:45 am

    beautiful place. i would love to visit there one day

  17. Rachel Simpson
    November 10, 2016 / 12:30 am

    Great post, I actually visited the C ote d'Azur for the first time in May. We stayed in an apartment in Nice; I don't think it was the cheapest option but overall, we found lot's of eating places to go at a reasonable price and used the local trains and uber to get around xo

  18. Paula De La Asunción Poveda
    November 11, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I always wanted to visit the sur of France! And I'm their neighbor hehe, but never been. You are giving such a good tips that thinking about making this my next summer destination 🙂

  19. Le Coin de Mel
    November 11, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    I love the South of France. I studies in Aix-en-Provence and every day after uni, we'd go exploring. It's such a beautiful part of the world, isn't it?

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