Situated 6km southwest of Nice, the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport constitutes the third busiest port in France. It is the most frequently chosen airport for people travelling to or from Provence, Monaco or Cannes. In 2018 almost 14 million passengers have used the Nice Airport.
How to transfer between the airport and the city? What to do at the airport? Check out our article and find out all the tips and tricks useful when travelling to Nice.
Table of contents:
1. Bus transfers
1.1. Travelling to Nice
1.2. Travelling to Monaco
1.3. Travelling to Cannes
1.4. Travelling to Antibes
2. Tram transfers
3. Train transfers
4. Taking a taxi
5. Renting a car
6. Practical information
Bus communication constitutes the most frequently chosen option, as there are several bus lines operating on the route between the airport and the city, transferring passengers to various spots in Nice.
When travelling to the city, you can count on airport shuttle and local buses. The buses are also a good way to travel to Monaco, Cannes or Antibes, as there are several lines operating there.
There are two airport shuttle lines, connecting Nice Côte d’Azur Airport with the city. Both lines require an Aero Ticket (available for €6 at the driver or in the vending machines).
The Aero ticket is valid on bus 98 or 99, as well as for up to 74 minutes of travel on connecting buses and trams of the Lignes d’Azur network in Nice. Day and week passes are not valid on buses 98 or 99.
Line 98:Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport –Promenade des Arts The bus line 98 constitutes an ideal choice when you want to get to the beach hotels or the old Nice. It runs every 15 or 20 minutes in either direction The buses to the airport operate from 5am to 9pm, while the buses from the airport are from around 6am to 23:45.
Line 98 reaches its destination within 35 minutes. Click here for detailed timetables.
Line 99:Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport –Gare SNCF’ Usually recommended when travelling to Nice Ville Gare SNCF main train station. The bus runs twice per hour in each direction from around 8am to 9pm.
If you want to reach the station later at night, the best option is to take bus no. 98 and then get on the tram to Gare Thiers (next to the train station).
Check out the detailed schedule.
They constitute a cheaper alternative to the Airport Express. The regular municipal buses stop a bit further from the terminal, but still near the airport. If you don’t mind a short walk, they are as reliable as the airport ones and definitely less expensive.
The local buses require only require a regular ticket (€1,50) but have no space for luggage. You can also buy day passes (€5), if you’ll be travelling more.
Line 23:Aéroport Promenade (few minutes from the airport) - Boulevard Gambetta and then train station. It runs 4 to 6 times per hour.
Line 52: Aéroport Promenade - Station J.C. Bermond. Runs 4 to 5 times per hour.
Line 59: Aéroport Promenade - Cathédral-Veille Ville. Runs only once per hour.
Line 70: Aéroport Promenade - Cathédral-Veille Ville. Runs twice per hour
Important! When you want to get back to the airport the bus no. 23 is the only local one, that actually takes you to the airport, dropping the passengers off at terminal 1. If you need to get to Terminal 2, there is a fee shuttle every few minutes.
Express Bus: The best way to get to Monaco is to take the Monaco Express Bus no. 110. The coach runs from the airport every 30 minutes, costing €22 for a one-way ticket (or €33 for a round trip).
Express Bus: Similarly to Monaco, the Cannes Express Bus no. 210 is the fastest option, which departs from the airport every 30 minutes.It is quite expensive, though, as the prices are €22 for a one-way ticket and €33 for a round trip.
Taking the freeway, it reaches Cannes within 45 minutes, setting the passengers down at the Port.
Local bus: It is much cheaper than the express bus, going slower as well. The local bus no. 200 reaches Cannes within 90 minutes, as it winds along the coast, stopping in i.e. Antibes. The cost is only €1,50 for a regular one-way ticket.
Express Bus: The Antibes/Golf JuanExpress Bus no. 250 runs every 35 minutes, costing €8.50 for a one-way ticket or €16 for a round trip. It gets to Antibes within 35 minutes.
Local bus: The abovementioned bus line no. 200. It reaches Antibes within 50 minutes. The price is the same, as when travelling to Cannes -€1,50.
Tram line 2: Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport – Nice-Port Lympia Thanks to a 1.7-kilometre extension of the T2 east-west line, Nice Airport is attached to the tram network from December 2018. The tram shuttles every 3 minutes, reaching the city center in 26 minutes.
In comparison with the airport shuttle buses, you don’t need the Aero Ticket, as a regular one for -€1,50 is enough. The tram line will probably replace the airport shuttle lines (98 and 99) in future.
You can also take a train to the city, but we don’t recommend it, though. The station is quite small and badly indicated. Have in mind, that you have to walk about 15 minutes to reach it.
Unfortunately, taxi drivers in Nice have the worst reputation in France for overcharging unsuspecting tourists. Therefore the city has imposed a fixed rate of €32 for transfers the airport and the town.
The price applies to both day and night courses and includes luggage. Still, if you want to avoid any unpleasant situations, check out the Uber drivers in your vicinity.
Those. who like to explore the area by themselves can rent one of the cars available at the airport – choosing from Goldcar, Sixt, Avis, Firefly, Dollar and more. Pre-book the car online or do rent it on the spot.
As befits large international airport, Nice Airport features around 100 facilities, designed to brighten your time at the airport. You can choose from a wide array of shops, offering everything: from jewelry, through bags and haberdashery, ending on clothes or souvenirs. Of course there is a large duty-free as well.
There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes serving French, Italian or oriental cuisine, as well as pancakes, sandwiches, snacks and all type of pastry. In case you need to take care of your finance, there is a bank, several currency exchange points, as well as vat refunds offices. There is also a health zone, providing health and security advices for travellers abroad, as well as answering all the questions concerning various health problems.
You can also buy medicaments in the local pharmacy or fuel up your car at the petrol station. In case you simply want to chill out a bit before the flight, you can use one of the four lounge area (including a library lounge).
It covers an area of over 3.7km2, having two parallel runways, two passenger terminals and a freight terminal.It served around 14 million passengers last year, being the third busiest airport in France.
All the major European and intercontinental ones, such as Air France, easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings, British Airways Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Tunisair or Wizzair.
Until 10pm the car rental desks are open in the arrivals hall. In case you’ll arrive later, please take the free shuttle to terminal 2 from Gate A0 on the arrivals floor, then alight at the Terminus: Terminal 2, Gate A3. Use the sheltered walkway following signs for“Location de voitures /Car Rental Center”. Finally, cross car park P5 and you’re there!
The bus lines are available until late hours. In case you miss them all, take a cab or call Uber.
There are plenty of hotels in close proximity, however Campanille Nice Airport and Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport are the closest ones. They both represent high standard, having free parking lots, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception.
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