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Extensive beaches, a medieval old town, small picturesque ports, and a wide range of museums are only some of the many reasons why Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, attracts visitors all year round. A mild Mediterranean climate and almost 300 sunny days a year means that anytime is a good time to visit Nice. The only month to avoid is August when temperatures often reach 30 degrees Celsius. For good bargains and great weather, plan your visit in the shoulder months of September – October or March – April. Winter months from November – March are also sunny and crisp with average temperatures of 13 – 15 degrees. At this time of the year, you can find attractive deals on posh accommodation along the seaside.
Direct international flights from the UK are available through British Airways, Jet2, Monarch Airlines, easyJet and Ryanair. Other airlines with layovers include Air France, Norwegian, LOT Airlines, KLM, Austrian Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, Brussels Airlines, and many more.
If you are heading to any of the beach hotels or to Old Nice, take the Airport Express Bus #98 ‘Promenade des Arts’ which leaves every 20 minutes. To go to the main train station, take the Airport Express Bus #99 ‘Gare SNCF’ which runs every 30 minutes. The fare is €6.00 EUR and your Aero ticket is good for one transfer on trams or buses within an hour, so don’t hesitate to hop on the tramway for one or two stops to get closer to your destination. On Bus #99, the ticket is good for 74 minutes for a similar transfer. An inexpensive option is to take Bus #23 which can take you to the city centre in around 30 minutes for €1.50 EUR.
Taxis can cover the 7-kilometre distance from the airport to Nice Centre in 15 – 20 minutes via the ‘Promenade des Anglais’. The minimum rate is €7.00 EUR, with a €3.00 EUR pick-up charge and waiting charge of €26.00 EUR per hour. You are likely to pay between €23 – €31 EUR for a ride to Nice Centre.
The car rental company desks on the Arrivals levels are open until 10 p.m. You can also book online and find the best deals for car rentals with momondo.
The tourist areas of Nice are quite compact and may be worth exploring on foot. But Nice is not a small Riviera resort town, hence public transport is the most reliable and cost efficient way to explore it to the fullest extent.
Buses and Trams
Ligne D’Azur network operates over 130 day-time bus routes and 5 night-time bus routes in the 49 towns of Nice Cote d’Azur. Tickets are €1.50 EUR per ride and allow changes between lines including use of trams within 74 minutes. Based on the length of your stay, you should consider buying a 1-day or 7-day Pass or a Multi-10 ticket which includes 10 journeys for €10 EUR.
Bike sharing system Velo Bleu has close to 175 bike stations in the city and you can subscribe to the system for 1 day with a €1.50 EUR fee or for 7 days with a €5.00 EUR fee. The bike rental is free for the first 30 minutes, €1.00 EUR for the next 30 minutes and €2.00 EUR for every additional hour after that. Apart from this system, there are several other bike rental companies that operate in Nice.
Taxis are operated by several private companies and are easily available but may not be the most budget-friendly option to move around in the city.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
With more than 100 museums, rich architecture, an extraordinary art scene, and internationally renowned gastronomy, there is so much to explore in the city of Nice.
A French Riviera Pass gives you free access to all museums and several other attractions and activities. You can opt for a 24-hour pass for €26 EUR, 48-hour pass for €38 EUR or a 72-hour pass for €56 EUR based on your itinerary and duration of stay. If you are visiting in February around Mardi Gras time, enjoy the Nice Carnival where a procession of flowered floats and floral competitions take over the city. It’s usually much cheaper to go out for a meal at lunchtime as restaurants offer good-value plats du jour or two-course menus. Also, order a carafé d’eau (tap water) instead of expensive bottled water. If you are visiting Nice on a strict budget, book a tour with ‘Greeters’ a group of volunteers offering free guided tours around themes such as architecture, food or antiques.