Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Public transportation is excellent. There are many options to choose from that will take you all over the area. There really is no need to own a car if you live within one of the main towns or cities, but if you live further inland in one of the villages you will very likely need a car.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
In order to drive in France, you must be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license, and mandatory driver's insurance. If you are going to stay for more than one year, you may need to exchange your license for a French one. The authorities will keep your original license, but will give it back to you at the end of your stay. You will also need to have the usual proof of your current address in France and your passport with your Carte de Séjour (residency card). The same is needed in order to purchase car insurance. Crown Nice can offer assistance in all administrative steps.
What side of the road do people drive on?
In France, people drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Unless you live right in the center of town (Nice, Antibes, and Cannes, for example) most people own and use a car as a means of transport. However, the public transportation system is excellent here, and there are many different bus options to help you get around either within the towns and cities themselves or to the surrounding towns and suburbs and to the airport too.
Trains connect all the neighboring towns from Ventimiglia across the Italian border through to Cannes, St. Raphael and Marseilles. Nice also has a brand-new tram line that is an excellent form of transport within the city as it helps you avoid traffic jams.
Nice also has a self-service rental bicycle system called Velo Bleu. This is a great way to get around the town and to avoid traffic jams, too, plus it is ecological! There are 90 bicycle stations with 900 bicycles available 24/7.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Absolutely. The most popular is either the train or taking a bus, e.g., train route from Cannes to
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Just like any other place, if you choose to drive, be aware of all the laws and be extra cautious. If you choose public transport, be aware of pickpockets, just as in any major city. Police surveillance is well organized, day and night, and it is common to see a guard with his dog, looking out for people's safety.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Generally, tickets and information on routes and timetables is available from local SNCF train stations, bus stations (Gares Routières), tourist offices and tobacconists (Tabacs).
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