Lemon Festival practical information

These informations can be modified.

Making your life easier so that you can enjoy this festival is one of the tasks of the Menton Tourist Information Office.

Ticket Sales

  • Tel. +33 (0)4 92 41 76 95
  • Fax. +33 (0)4 92 41 76 96

To book your tickets in advance or to get the best seats in the stands :

Online ticketing service


During the Lemon Festival®, the Ville de Menton Tourist Office will be open every day, from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the days of the night parades and gardens of lights.

Menton Tourist Office – (in close proximity to the event area)
Palais de l’Europe
8 avenue Boyer
06500 Menton

INFO /RESERVATION: +00 33 (0)4 92 41 76 95


Here is a very useful tool to find and book all existing transportations to get straight to la Fête du Citron.
Fill in simply the city you are getting from and you will find all transportations and compagny tickets: train tickets, bus tickets and even carpooling availabilities thanks to our partner Tictactrip !


Arriving by trainter-sncf

The town has two SNCF railway stations

  • Menton station is ideally situated 200 metres from the Biovès Gardens and is very close to the seafront where the processions will be taking place.
  • Menton Garavan station is situated one kilometre from the Italian border and three kilometres from the event.

CONTACT TER : 0 800 11 40 23 from  7am to 9.30 pm

Driving and parking

On Sundays Festival, it is highly recommended to arrive in Menton before 12 am

To make your journeys during the Lemon Festival® easier, we recommend that you pay special attention to the various road signs and posters on display as you arrive in Menton:
from the A8 motorway exit, there are signs indicating the various reception areas (for light vehicles and camper vans, etc.)
in the town, around the circuit, special attention should be paid to by-law notices prohibiting parking.
Don’t hesitate to ask any of the agents on the spot if you are in the slightest doubt.

We advise you to use public car parks for parking.
The best solution is still to use public transport.

Menton Town Council informs all road users wishing to come and see the  Lemon Festival float processions:
on Sundays 17th , 24th February and 3th march 2019
in the evenings of 21th and 22th February, that, owing to the large influx of vehicles travelling to this event, the following instructions should be followed:
If possible, use the SNCF railway stations located at the boundary of the 06 department (Menton railway station is situated less than 200 metres from the entrance to the Procession)
If you decide to travel on Sundays on the A8 motorway, arrive in Menton before 12 am to be able to use a free car park situated near exit 59. (Directions to this car park will be signposted with arrows)
If you are driving into the town centre, also follow the arrows with the indication (light vehicle parking), in the direction of Italy.

For your customers’ convenience, we advise you to go to the “drop off” point situated on the Promenade du Soleil, opposite the Cocteau Museum, on Esplanade Francis Palmero, before going to the car park at your disposal in Garavan, on the Porte de France. At the end of the event you will be able to use the same “drop off” point to pick up your customers.

Once you are in the town centre, follow the instructions displayed along the roads situated at the side of the Procession about traffic diversions and parking restrictions.

Lemon festival Shuttle buses

On very busy days, shuttle buses are organised to encourage visitors to park at the entrances to the town.

On festival Sundays: a day service

The shuttle buses run between the “Gare routière” and the Vallée du Careï motorway exit (Careï Intermarché car park P1), on festival Sundays, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm
The shuttle buses run between the “Esplanade Francis Palmero” and the Rondelli stadium (Garavan P2), on festival Sundays , from 9.30 am to 2 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm
The shuttle buses run between “koaland” and the val d’Anaud stadium (P3), on festival Sundays, from 9.30 am to 2 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm

Shuttle P1 – route Gare routière to Fête du citron® (5 minutes by foot)

Shuttle P2 – route Esplanade Françis Palmero to Fête du citron® (15 minutes by foot)


Shuttle P3 -route Koaland to Fête du citron® (15 minutes by foot)

On Thursdays: a night service

During evening processions, on festival Thursdays , the shuttle buses will leave from the Biovès Gardens and run between the center and Menton valleys and the town entrances, from 10.15 pm

  • Departure for Garavan (Italian border)
  • Departure for the Valley of Careï (Résédas)
  • Departure for the Valley of Borrigo (Suillet)
  • Departure for the Valley of Gorbio (Azur Parc-Gorbio)

Buses in town with Zestbus

In addition to the shuttles buses, Zest lines are available to whisk you away to your destination
Day ticket: € 5 – unlimited trip all day!
Where to buy your day ticket 5 €?

  • At the Zest shop (Buses Station Avenue Sospel Menton)
  • On board
  • Site: www.zestbus.fr
  • Allo zest: 04 93 35 93 60

Zest shop: Buses station of Menton, Sospel Avenue, 06500 MENTON
Opening hours:

  • Monday to friday from 7:30  to 6.30pm
  • During week-ends from 9am to 12:30 am. and 1:45 pm to 6.pm

Reception of camper vans

Please note limited number of parking spaces!!!
The open air theatre BA 943  situated in Avenue François de Monléon – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, will be open to camper vans on sundays during the lemon festival.

For information about parking regulations in Menton : click here (french)

Lodging and Accommodation

Promoting quality and diversity, the town has 30 hotels with 1 to 4 stars offering a total of 1194 rooms, 1 campsite (Saint Michel** with 131 pitches), 4 residential hotels, 2 holiday rental residences, 3 holiday homes and an association of owners of furnished accommodation and 5 bed and breakfasts.

Visit the Menton Tourist Information Office hotel booking website – Real-time availability – secure online payment


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