Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is at 1 bd. de la Croisette (www.cannes-destination.fr; tel. 04-92-99-84-22).
Special Events — Cannes is at its most frenzied in mid-May during the International Film Festival (www.festival-cannes.com) at the Palais des Festivals, on promenade de la Croisette. It attracts not only film stars (you can palm the cement molds of their handprints outside the Palais des Festivals), but also seemingly every photographer in the world. You have a better chance of being named prime minister of France than you do attending one of the major screenings, although if you’re lucky, you may be able to swing tickets to screenings of one of the lesser films. (Hotel rooms and tables at restaurants are equally scarce during the festival.) But the people-watching is absolutely fabulous!
On Foot — Cannes’ small town center is a labyrinth of one-ways and serious traffic—which makes it best explored on foot.
By Bicycle & Motor Scooter — Despite the summertime commotion, the flat landscapes between Cannes and satellite resorts such as La Napoule and Juan-les-Pins are well suited for bikes and motor scooters. At Daniel Location, 12 rue Montaigne (www.daniel-location-cannes.com; tel. 04-93-99-90-30), vélos tout terrain, or VTT (mountain bikes) cost 18€ a day. Motorized bikes and scooters cost from 30€ per day. For larger motorbikes, you must present a valid driver’s license. Another bike shop is Mistral Location, 4 rue Georges Clémenceau (www.mistral-location.com; tel. 04-93-39-33-60), which charges 20€ per day for bikes, and also offers scooters and motorcycles from 30€ per day.
By Car — The Cannes Tourist Office website offers a downloadable document (under “Cannes Practical,” then “Useful Information”) listing all of the town’s public parking lots and their hourly fees.
By Taxi — Allô Taxi Cannes (www.allo-taxis-cannes.com; tel. 04-93-99-27-27).
By Public Transport — Palm Bus (www.palmbus.fr; tel. 08-25-82-55-99) operates all public transport in and around Cannes. There’s little need for public transport in the city center—although the open-top no. 8, which runs along the seafront from the port in the west to the Pointe Croisette peninsula in the east, makes for a fun and scenic ride. Tickets cost 1.50€ and can be purchased directly aboard any bus.