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. 


Map of How to Get from Nice to Verdon Gorge
Map of How to Get from Nice to Verdon Gorge