Ferry From Nice To The Island Sainte Marguerite

Per Person
Book this tour with

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Billetterie Trans Côte D'Azur - Nice, Quai Lunel, 06300 Nice, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Nature lovers, hikers and explorers will love spending a day on Ile Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the Lrins Islands off the coast of the French Riviera. This round-trip ferry service makes it easy. Depart from the Nice port and enjoy Cte d'Azur views on a 1-hour ferry crossing, disembarking at Ile Sainte-Marguerite to explore independently. Hit a hiking trail full of diverse flora and fauna, wander the fishing village, check out the maritime museum or visit the former fortress prison, Fort Royal, where the so-called 'Man in the Iron Mask' was held in the 17th century.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Board the ferry at Nice's port in the morning and cruise out onto the Mediterranean Sea toward the Lrins Islands. Your destination: Ile Sainte-Marguerite, the largest island in the archipelago, known for its lush vegetation, heavily wooded forests and the legendary fortress prison, Fort Royal.

Enjoy beautiful views across the French Riviera during your 1-hour crossing. Disembark on the island and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. All activities and purchases are at your own expense.

Well-marked walking trails criss-cross the entire island, taking visitors on a botanical and historical discovery. Pine and eucalyptus fragrances dominate these lovely hikes, suitable for most fitness levels.

Enter the Fort Royal, a fortress built by the Spanish in the 17th century when the islands were under their control. Legend has it that the notorious 'Man in the Iron Mask' prisoner was held here in the late 1600s. Today the Fort Royal is home to a maritime museum, whose wealth of archaeological finds includes 1st-century murals, contents from a 10th-century Saracen shipwreck and many pieces from the Roman era, offering insight into Ile Sainte-Marguerites ancient history.

Perhaps pay a visit to the Mditerranoscope, a marine study center dedicated to protecting the marine life beneath the waves around the Lrins Islands. Stroll to the Batguier pond to see tons of migratory bird species, or head to the Point de la Convention, showcasing a range of unique plant species that have made a home on Ile Sainte-Marguerite.
There are two restaurants on the island for lunch and two sandwich kiosks for a light snack. In the early evening, re-board the ferry for the 1-hour cruise back to Nice.


Round-trip ferry ride




Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Drinks are available to purchase on board; no bathroom facilities on the ferry

Be sure to check exact ferry return times before you depart from Nice in the morning as the timetable can change according to the time of year

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

See all reviews
  • 07-Sep-2022

    The Ferry arrived on time, was clean & the staff was delightful. There were bathroom facilities as soon as you leave the port. There were fresh baked good & snacks along with a wide assortment of alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages. The price was affordable. The entire experience (my 3rd time) was awesome. The island is an amazing day drip that you should do at least 1 time in your life.

  • 12-Aug-2022

    Le service, l’équipage du navire sont excellent , c’était exactement à l’heure, La vue est magnifique !

  • 22-Apr-2022

    Siamo partiti col traghetto dal porto di Cannes, parte ogni ora. Le isole sono verdi molto belle si girano facilmente ma i sentieri soprattutto quelli in torno alla fortezza non sono segnalati benissimo. Noi abbiamo imboccato un sentiero che faceva il giro delle mura ma siamo dovuti tornare indietro perché dopo un km circa ci siamo trovati davanti ad una rampa di scale e col passeggino era un po' difficile. Per il resto bella pulita belle calette tranquille dove rilassarsi. Noi siamo andati di lunedì e il museo purtroppo era chiuso, abbiamo fatto un giro dentro le mura, molto interessante l'iniziativa di fare ristrutturare tutto dai ragazzi ( supervisionati naturalmente). Ci torneremo per vedere il museo.

  • 29-Aug-2021

    J'ai passé une bonne journée , mais ce que je voulais de plus, c’était que quelqu’un nous explique à bord du bateau les emplacements des choses à faire sur l’île. Comme ça je ne perdrai pas de temps à les chercher moi-même.

  • 21-Jul-2018

    no information was given as to what is going to happen and what to expect. nothing much is in the Ile. really a waist of time even the people that serve you a coffer in the Ile are so angry . the experience is just not for a couple its good for young kids just not a luxury and not for a couple.

  • 08-Jul-2018

    Cruise was cancelled without any reason. When we went to get refund (5th July,2018, around 5-30pm at QUAI LUNEL, Nice) the lady at the counter was so rude, unprofessional and condescending. We were not there for a free trip. The cruise was cancelled by you WITHOUT ANY REASON CITED TO US!! The least we could expect was courteous behavior. I have no words to describe how sour a taste, this whole experience left me with.

  • 07-Aug-2016

    Excellent day to a beautiful island.

  • 14-Sep-2015

    niceplace to hike, out in the busy city , relax on the sea breeze :-

  • 13-Sep-2015

    niceplace to hike, out in the busy city , relax on the sea breeze :-

  • 27-Aug-2015

    The only disappointing part is that 6 hours is not enough to spend in Monaco. There's plenty to do and see there. The boat trip itself is also great, going pretty close to the marvelous coastline.

See all reviews