Cannes without breaking the bank: Tips for an economical stay

Cannes without breaking the bank: Tips for an economical stay

Dreaming of discovering Cannes without breaking the bank? Then look no further! We've put together some top tips on how to get the most out of the city at the lowest possible price, without missing a beat. Get ready for an unforgettable experience on a budget!

1.Getting to Cannes 

If you're coming to Cannes for a few days to visit the town, there's no need to take a car. Take the train instead, as the station is right in the center of town, and if you book in advance, you can get unbeatable fares via Ouigo. What's more, the rail network offers easy connections from many French and European cities, making it a practical and economical option for getting to Cannes.

For those arriving by plane, Nice airport operates with EasyJet, and Cannes can be reached from terminal 2 in just 30 minutes by train. Flights from many European destinations are regular and affordable, making this an attractive option for international travelers. By choosing this option, you can avoid the hassle of traffic and parking in Cannes, while enjoying a quick and cheap journey from the airport.

If you're planning to arrive by car, you can find the available car parks and their rates at this link: Parkopedia - Parkings à Cannes. While driving may be convenient for some, it's important to bear in mind the challenges of parking and traffic in a busy city like Cannes. Be sure to plan ahead and take into account the additional costs associated with car hire and parking. If you're staying at the Hotel Alnea, the nearest car parks are 

Public car parks: Ferrage Meynadier P5, Vauban P7 and Palais P1. To book before you arrive, please visit: Book a parking municipal

The Effia car parks Cannes station (car -1.90m and motorbike) or Saint Nicolas (car -2m and motorbike). To book before you arrive, please visit: Book a parking Effia

2.Accommodation in Cannes 

Just a stone's throw from the train station and only 100 metres from the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals, the Hôtel Alnea is ideally located for exploring Cannes on foot. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, as a couple, with friends or family, our boutique hotel welcomes you in a warm and friendly atmosphere, combined with modern comfort.

Our continental breakfast features quality regional produce, with fresh bread and pastries from a local artisan baker. For added convenience, some rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, and we provide a shared fridge for meals on the go in our breakfast room.

3.Food at friendly prices in Cannes 

Nestling on Cannes' old port, Philcat offers hearty “pains bagnats”, salads and paninis at affordable prices. Whether taking a break on the spot, on the beach or before setting sail for the neighbouring islands, Philcat caters for food lovers without breaking the bank.

For lovers of Lebanese cuisine, Al charq offers quality dishes at affordable prices. Similarly, Chai Dee  offers an authentic Thai culinary experience at a great price. For those who prefer pizzas and daily specials, la pizzaiola “chez Xavier” is a must.

Finally, don't miss the chance to sample a dish of the day near the Forville market and experience the lively atmosphere of this superb Provencal market. Enjoy the local flavours and colourful atmosphere of the stalls for an authentic experience in the heart of Provence.

Low-cost activities 

Stroll around the islands 

Explore the island of Sainte-Marguerite by walking along the coastal path, enjoying the beach, exploring the coves and visiting the Musée de la Mer and the state prisons. Take advantage of reduced fares with the Compagnie Trans-Côte-d'Azur for a 15-minute crossing.

Discover the monastic charm of the island of Saint-Honorat by visiting the abbey, climbing the tower for a panoramic view, wandering through the vineyards and relaxing in the coves. The Planaria company will take you there.

City walks 

Lose yourself in old Cannes, stroll through the cobbled streets of Le Suquet and soak up its picturesque charm. Stroll through the small shady squares and discover the local craft shops. Don't miss the panoramic view from the Suquet hill to Notre-Dame de l'Espérance, where you can contemplate the magnificent panorama over the Bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands and beyond.

Paddle, pedal boat and catamaran on the beaches of the Palmbeach 

Explore the waters of Cannes with pleasure by hiring a pedalo, a giant paddle or boarding a catamaran near the Palm Beach. Whether you opt for a leisurely ride on a pedalo or a more dynamic adventure on a catamaran, these water-based activities will provide you with moments of relaxation and excitement along Cannes' magnificent Mediterranean coastline.


With all its glitz and glamour, Cannes is accessible even to those on a modest budget. Make the most of the city without breaking the bank with a variety of affordable transport, accommodation and dining options. Whether you're strolling along the Croisette, discovering the charm of old Cannes or enjoying the sunny beaches, there's always something to do in Cannes without emptying your wallet. So let yourself be seduced by this legendary destination and enjoy an unforgettable experience without worrying about the cost.