Nice is approximately 86 miles (138 km) away from the Verdon Gorge, the deepest canyon in France. Your best bet is to either rent a car or book a private transfer, as public transportation in the area is limited. Many travelers go as part of a broader tour—if you're looking for inspiration, this 9-day itinerary is full of canyoning, climbing, and hiking around the gorge.
By Private Transfer or Private Tour
Duration: 2 to 3 hours, up to a full day tour
Private transfers and tours to the Verdon Gorge are available from Nice. The trip takes around 2 hours, though you some include detours to see more of the region (like the town of Grasse, Moustiers-Saint-Marie, or local lavender fields) and take longer.
By Rental Car
Duration: 2 to 3 hours, more with stops
There are several options to drive from Nice to the Verdon Gorge. For the fastest route, go through Cannes on the A8 highway towards Cannes/Aix-en-Provence, then take exit 36 to the D54. From there follow signs for Trigance/Castellane to the D952, and then continue to your destination.
Another option is to take the slightly longer but beautiful scenic route through Grasse and Castellane (About 3 hours). Take the A8 towards Grasse, then follow the Route Napoleon—which the exiled emperor famously traveled in 1815—towards Castellane. From Castellane, turn left towards the Verdon Gorge.