Anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of movie stars can easily visit Cannes by train. Trains run along the French Riviera, connecting Cannes with airports at Nice and Marseille, and it's not hard to reach the resort from Paris, Barcelona, or Milan, either. The station is close to the promenade and the sun shines almost all year round, making trains to Cannes a great idea.
All trains to the famous resort will arrive at the Gare de Cannes, which can be found in the Centre Ville neighborhood. This means that arrivals by train will be at the center of the action and transfers to seafront hotels shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes by taxi (or even on foot). Some services will also stop at Cannes-la-Bocca, which is more convenient for those headed to western Cannes.
Almost all rail services to the Gare de Cannes are provided by SNCF, France's national rail carrier. SNCF's services fall under their TER category, which signifies that they are regional, not inter-city trains.
Taking the train to Cannes makes a lot of sense for anyone who is arriving in southern France by air. For example, Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is around 30 minutes from Cannes by train and offers regular links to New York, Montreal, and Newark as well as hubs like London Heathrow or Paris CDG. Connections to other major regional cities are also very good, allowing travelers to visit Cannes from Barcelona or Milan, so taking the train is an excellent way to add some time on the beach to European city-hopping vacations.
Cannes has a long seafront promenade ("La Croisette"), and some hotels can be a long distance from the station, so travelers should be aware of how to reach their accommodation and arrange shuttles if required. Other than that, public transportation in Cannes is consists of buses and novelty trains along the seafront, so it's easy to see the various cinemas, climb the streets of La Suquet, and soak up the views from Notre-Dame de l'Espérance. Obviously, the beach is a major draw. Many local beaches are privately owned, but Zamenhoff is accessible to all and is easily found by wandering along the promenade.