Cannes: Useful Information

Pearl of the French Riviera

Tipping in Cannes
Service charges are included on all restaurant bills. However, it is standard to tip according to the level of service given. It is common practice to give a small tip to chambermaids and porters.

Taxes in Cannes
Sales tax is quite high at 18.6%, and is included in the shop prices. This tax can be refunded to tourists from outside of the EU whenever €175 or more is spent in the same shop. Most retailers will present you with a form to fill out in these cases, to give to customs officials at the airport. In other situations, however, tourists have to pay special taxes. While staying in France, visitors usually have to pay a tourism tax or a flat-rate tourism tax which is fixed by the local authority and ranges between 0,15 and 1,07 € per person per day, depending on the quality and the standard of the accommodation. The tax will be added to your hotel bill by the owner of the accommodation.

To call Cannes from abroad you first have to use the country code for France 33 and then 493 for Cannes. Public telephone boxes are widely available in France, but it is a good idea to buy a France Telecom telécarte at Métro or RER stations, post offices or newsagents rather than relying on cash. These phone cards are available in 50-unit and 120-unit versions. Many phone boxes don''t take coins, but some now accept credit cards.

Internet in Cannes
Like most of the cities Cannes has a couple of internet cafes whose addresses are below:
Dre@m Cyber-Café: 6 rue commandant vidal; 33 04 93 38 26 79
Ashe: 44 bd Carnot
Webstation: 26 Rue Hoche,; 33 04 93 68 72 37

People who want to use their own devices can use the WiFi HotSpots in the city which are offered by some hotels ( InterHotel Orangers 06400 Cannes 1 rue des Orangers; Hotel de F 06400 Cannes 85 rue d Antibes; Noga Hilton Cannes 06400 Cannes 50 Boulevard de La Croisette; InterHotel Orangers 06400 Cannes 1 rue des Orangers ). But also many cafes offer an wireless access to the internet.

Emergency numbers in Cannes
Police 17
Sea Police 93 68 91 92
Fire 18

Doctors 93 99 12 12
Ambulance 93 38 39 38
Hospital 93 69 91 33

Shop Opening times in Cannes

Shops are generally open from 9 or 9.30 am to 12.30 am and from 2 pm to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Most of the groceries, apart from supermarkets, do not open until 3 pm. Banks are open on weekdays from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm as well as Saturdays from 12 am to 2 pm. The working hours for offices are 8.30 or 9 am – 12 or 12.30 am and from 2 – 6 pm on weekdays and for some offices 9 – 12 am on Saturdays.