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.
The cheapest month to fly to Nice from United Kingdom is in January. Flight prices, which tend to average around £61, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. If you don’t want to visit Nice in January, then you should wait until November to fly from United Kingdom, when ticket prices are also cheap, with an average price of £71.
You are more likely to see cheaper flights to Nice from United Kingdom when booking 60 days ahead of your departure date. In general, you can expect to find flights to Nice for around £103 when searching 60 days out. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United Kingdom to Nice for as low as £32.
The cheapest day to depart on your flight to Nice is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as £95. This is often the case because there is less demand to fly during this day of the week. On the other hand, Friday is the most expensive day to depart from United Kingdom because it is more convenient for both business and leisure travellers. As a result, prices tend to be around £133.
Our data shows that the cheapest United Kingdom to Nice flights are usually those with departure times in the evening. Our users have found flights to Nice in the evening for as low as £110. Try not to purchase tickets in the morning because they tend to be around £118. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.
During the warmer months, hikers around the Nice area find that parks like Parc national des Calanques are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Nice in March, April, or May.
Currently, France travel restrictions include travel to Nice. France has restricted the entry of all travelers arriving from non-Schengen Member States. Nationals of France and their spouses and children, long-term residents with French residence permits and their spouses and children, long-term residents of EEA Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the Vatican City and their spouses and children on their way home, and healthcare professionals may still enter the country. Airline crew, personnel of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations with offices in France and their spouses and children, and merchant seamen may also enter. Travelers must have an International Travel Certificate to enter and transit France, which must be obtained prior to departure via the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr. Additionally, travelers returning to a residence in France which is more than 100 km from their point of entry, or who need to use public transport during peak hours in Île-de-France (Greater Paris), must have a declaration form certifying their reason for travel. Travelers arriving in mainland France from outside the UK, EU (except for Spain), Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, and Switzerland are requested to comply with a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. Travelers arriving in overseas French territorities, as well as any travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19, will have to carry out a mandatory 14 day quarantine at home or in a facility chosen by the government. If you are planning to travel to Nice at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
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.