Getting in Nice

Most tourists arrive in Nice by plane. Nice Airport is very big and modern, with all the facilities you would expect. You can get to the city center in many ways, depending on the time you want to spend in traffic and the budget. The most convenient are the airport express buses. These cost €4 one way and have a special place to put your luggage. You usually buy the ticket from the driver, but there is also a ticket booth right in the station. There are two airport express bus lines. 98 is going to the main bus station in the city (Gare Routiere) and 99 is going to the train station (Gare Nice Ville SNCF).

The cheapest way to get from airport to the city is to take the regular bus number 23. It costs only €1 one way and is very reliable. It stops however in many more stations than the airport express bus, so the trip is longer. It may be also more crowded, especially during the summer. You also don’t have a special place for your luggage.

You can also travel from the airport to Nice by train. The train station is called Nice St. Augustin and is located at a short distance from the airport, but you should take a bus to get there though. The train station is more practical if you travel farther from Nice.

Taxis are another option to get in the city. Drivers are honest and polite. If your flight arrives at night, taxis are the only means of transport to get in Nice.

Many tourists come to Nice by car. The city is well connected to the rest of France by A8 motorway. The summer is the high season and brings a lot of traffic to the city. During this time, the motorway and the roads that take you to Nice might be very crowded. There is no other solution but to be patient. It is recommended to avoid getting in Nice on Friday or getting out on Sunday, since many French spend their weekends in Nice and the other resorts in the area and they come by car.

Lots of people choose to get in Nice by train. Gare Nice Ville SNCF is the main train station. Nice is very well connected by train to the rest of France, especially Paris. Italians from the north of the country can also travel easily to Nice by using this means of transport.

Buses connect Nice to main cities in France. There are also a lot of local buses that connect Nice to neighbouring resorts. The main bus station is called Gare Routiere and is situated in a central location. It is very easy to find your bus once you get there, since the destinations and the hours of departure are clearly displayed. You usually pay at the driver for a bus trip.