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The International Film Festival is at the end of May, and everyone who is anyone, or wants to be anyone, is in Cannes. If you are planning a holiday to this luxurious French city in May, be sure to book your flights to Cannes well in advance as prices increase and flights book up fast. Many of the festival’s activities are closed to most visitors lining up along “the bunker” to watch the parade of celebrities.
Summer is also very busy when students as well as celebrities comes to play and the accommodation prices and flights to Cannes are inflated.
Cannes is hectic year-round except for the month of November, which is very quiet. For milder weather and fewer crowds, April to May (except the end of May) and October are good times to visit and benefit from cheap flights to Cannes. Business travellers also frequent the area in the off season.
The jewel in the already glittering crown of the Cote D’Azur, Cannes is a luxury resort that attracts movie stars and the high society – and those wishing to spot them. A top resort since the 19th century, when the British aristocracy first started holidaying here, to this day Cannes is the first spot travellers want to see when visiting the French Riviera. Its landscape is beautiful: the beachfront and promenade are in typically classy French style. And due to its location at the very foot of France, the weather remains hot here throughout the year. But the main reason most tourists book flights to Cannes is because of its annual film festival, and the accompanying stars who arrive and holiday here.
Away from the festival, there is still plenty to see and do in the city. Most tourists arriving in Cannes want to visit the sandy beaches, promenade through the town’s streets and take in some shopping. The restaurants here are also impressive and the nightclubs and bars stay open until the early hours.
Flight times from the United Kingdom (UK) to Cannes, France can range anywhere from 2h-18h. The fastest one-stop flight with the shortest arrival time is from London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Cannes being about 3h 45m. The Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s (LPL) quickest flight is around 4h to Cannes while London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) is 5h. Do note that some flights may have a longer layover with a flight time to your destination that can be up to 26h.
You can find direct flights that will get you to Cannes in around 2h at London Gatwick Airport (LGW), London Heathrow Airport (LHR), London Stansted Airport (STN), London City Airport (LCY), and London Luton Airport (LTN). The Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) also offers non-stop flights to Cannes, as well as Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and Manchester Airport (MAN).
Once you’ve landed in France, there are many options for you to get to Cannes. The Nice Airport is 24 km from the city and has an Express Coach to Cannes, Bus #210, that leaves every half hour and will get you to your destination within 30-50 minutes depending upon traffic. The tickets cost €22 each way and can be purchased at the bus stations that are located in the terminals. Taxis are available at a fixed price of €80 and will get you there at around the same time as the Express bus. You can get an Uber to Cannes or rent a car at the airport. Bus #200 leaves from Nice’s Terminal 1 and can also be boarded right across the street from the terminal. Mandelieu Airport is 5 km west of Cannes and has a taxi terminal along with car rental services.
Besides enjoying the beautiful resort-style landscape of Cannes, there are many exciting things for you to do. There’s the annual Cannes Film Festival that attracts celebrities from around the world. The famous La Croisette promenade runs along the shoreline and features upscale shops. You can take a tour of popular landmarks and explore the Lérins Islands, and more across the French Riviera. There are museums to visit throughout Cannes like the Musée de la Castre and the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins. The sandy beaches are ideal for sunbathing, splashing in the water, or having a fun game of volleyball. There are numerous places for you to eat, as well as bars and nightclubs to have fun and converse with locals. You may even rent a boat to fish, sail the sea, kitesurf, or do some scuba diving.
You do not need a visa to enter France for a stay of up to 90 days if you hold a British Citizen passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date in which you plan to leave Cannes.
Between the Mediterranean and the mountains, Cannes has a hot, dry climate. Spring and autumn are warm with temperatures in the mid and upper teens Celsius. Summer can be uncomfortable with temperatures reaching 32 degrees from June to September. Winter is mild with high temperatures about 15 degrees or so. When it rains, it rains a lot but not for long.
Cannes is a walking city and is best explored on foot. Buses can either be structured and expensive or informal and irregular. Tourists often take bus 8, as it runs along the coast toward La Croisette while stopping at the major attractions. If you’ve done your research, you can flag down an Elo Bus; just know that it has no permanent stops. You can also take advantage of Cannes’ gorgeous seaside scenery by taking a boat up and down the coast or weave through some of the islands. There are shuttle buses between Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat and many tourists rent canoes or yachts. If you’re splurging, you can rent an entire crew to set off on a bigger boat…
Flights to Cannes are served by two airports, Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) situated 15 miles (24 km) from Cannes and Cannes – Mandelieu Airport (CEQ), which is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Cannes.