Our experience cycling from Nice to Cannes

We rode from Nice to Cannes on the last of our three days in Nice after first completing the Nice to Monaco route and then the Col de Vence route. Given the temperature was forecast to be hot again, we headed off nice and early to beat the worst of the heat and humidity.

The great thing about this ride is that the majority is on bike paths and bike lanes. Early in the morning there is not so much traffic as the beach-goers have not yet hit the beach. We enjoyed stunning views of the Mediterranean as the cycle paths follow the coastline for much of the way. The route is mainly flat and over the 66km we rode there was only 338m of elevation gained.

cyclist riding along the coastline near Nice
Riding along the coast between Nice and Cannes

We would recommend this route for riders of any level. You can ride as far as you like and you don’t have to go all the way to Cannes to enjoy the stunning seaside views. There are plenty of towns and villages along the way to enjoy a coffee and croissant. Early in the morning is the best time to complete this ride as once the crowds start arriving at the beach there will be people everywhere. If you can visit this area outside the peak months of July and August it will not be as busy, but still expect some crowds as it is a very popular tourist destination.

For the most part the route was easy to find and well sign posted. There were a couple of spots we had a little trouble finding the right way, but it never took too long and we were back under way before we knew it. If you download our GPX file to your device it will make the navigation nice and easier, but don’t worry if you don’t have the ability to do this.

Quick Stats

Distance: 66km / 41mi
Start elevation: 5m / 16ft
Max elevation: 27m / 93ft
Metres climbed: 338m / 1,110ft
Categorised climbs: 0

Food and water

There are numerous places along this route where you can resupply with food and water. These include:

  • Nice
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer
  • Cannes.
View of the beach at Nice from above
An aerial view of the Promenade in Nice France


* Enjoy this very flat ride along the Mediterranean sea all the way from Nice to Cannes.
* The wide boulevards in Cannes are lined with luxury brands and shops – the Champs-Elysee by the Med!
* The majority of this ride is on a dedicated cycle path keeping you away from traffic.

Discover our comprehensive guide to Cycling in Nice

Cycling from Nice to Cannes is just one of many great riding routes near the city of Nice which you can enjoy. This area of the Alpes Maritimes is very popular with cyclists year round owing to the great weather and variety of terrain on offer.

If you are not familiar with this region then, our comprehensive guide will help you plan everything you need for your cycling holiday. The guide includes information such as:

  • * a map of the Alpes Maritimes with climbs and towns marked
  • * where to base yourself whist on your cycling holiday
  • * cycling hotels and lodges
  • * bike hire outlets
  • * getting to and from Nice
  • * non-cycling attractions and activities in the region

Click here to see a list of cycling routes available from Nice. Our cycling route suggestions start in Nice as we know from experience the majority of people visiting the area will stay in, or close to the city.