Cannes Boat Show 2020: Everything you need to know

Cannes Yachting Festival from above

Founded in 1977, the Cannes Boat Show takes place in the beautiful French city every September and showcases almost 600 boats, including motor yachts, superyachts, catamarans, tenders and sailing yachts.

The in-water show in the Bay of Cannes takes place in two of the city’s ports, the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, and this year it will run from 8-13 September.

What’s new?

The layout of the show changed in 2019 – all the sailing yachts are now displayed in Port Canto at the other end of the Croisette, leaving motor boats to fill the space vacated at the original Vieux Port location. The brokerage sector stayed at Port Canto as usual.

The two sites are linked by regular sea and bus shuttle services departing every 15 minutes – visitors simply need to present their show tickets to access these free services.

Organisers say that the change of layout helped create 1,000 linear metres of extra berthing – enough for 529 craft on the water – representing a 7% increase on 2018. Of these, 410 are motor and 119 are sail.

How to get there

From the UK the best option is to take a flight to Nice Airport. Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways all have direct flights from London airports. Jet2 flies from Manchester every day but Tuesdays and Thursdays and from Leeds-Bradford on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

From the airport you can get a shuttle bus direct to Cannes, or buses 200 and 210. If you prefer taking a cab, a taxi will cost from around €55, depending on the number of passengers. If money is no object and you want to travel in style, then book a helicopter with Azur Hélicoptère, which will take you from Nice to Cannes in around seven minutes and for just over €500.

Where to stay

Cannes has a large selection of different types of accommodation. From five stars luxurious hotels to more affordable B&Bs, there is something for every pocket. Just make sure you book in advance as the city gets very busy during the boat show.

What to see

The line-up for the 2020 Cannes boat show has yet to be announced, but will likely feature dozens of global launches from some of Europe’s biggest boating brands.