You have several options to get to and from the airport in Nice to the city centre, public transport, private cars and Uber. Here we outline the latest and most poplar ways.
Nice City Center Express – Bus Number 98 & 99
The fastest, hassle free and most reliable service when it comes to commuting from and to the airport. The service runs between 5.40 am and 23.45 daily except on the 1st of May. The ticket costs €6 and can be purchased from the bus driver, in the office of Lignes d’Azur at the airport or in the city and at the ticket booth beside every tram stop in the city. It is possible to use this ticket to connect with local buses or trams (explained in the Tickets and Fares section).
The trip from the airport to the center of Nice takes up to 20 min depending on the traffic and when arriving from the city it stops first at Terminal 2 before reaching its final stop – Terminal 1. Don’t panic if you hop out at the wrong terminal, there is a free shuttle service operating between the two.
When taking bus number 98 from the Airport and wanting to reach the old town, we recommend getting off at the bus stop ‘Nice – Cathédral Vieille Ville’.
When taking a bus to the Airport from the heart of the Old Town, your nearest stop is Station J.C. Bermond on Avenue Fèlix Faure (cross the green park Promenade du Paillon and head direction of Square Massena). It is a very short walk from the Old Town. Otherwise if you wish to meet the bus further along the Promenade you can see a full map and timetable here.
Bus number 99 goes to and from the main train station Nice Gare Thiers.
Urban Bus Number 52
This is a local bus that costs €1.50 a single ticket / travel passes can be used (explained in the Tickets and Fares post). The bus does not go to / leave from the airport terminals but stops on the Promenade des Anglais and is only a short walk to Terminal 1 from where you can take the free shuttle bus to Terminal 2 if required. When leaving Terminal 1 to go to the city, walk out of the airport towards main road and turn right, walk until you reach a bus stop. If going to the old town we suggest getting off at Opéra Vieille Ville.
When leaving city, your nearest bus stop is Station J.C. Bermond on Avenue Fèlix Faure (same stop as the Airport bus 98). Hop off at the stop called Aèroport / Promenade. Cross the street towards Terminal 1. Once again if your plane leaves from Terminal 2, use the free shuttle service between the two.
Other local busses that may be of convenience dependent on your destination would be the 23 Bella Vista which will take you to boulevard Gambetta and then on to the train station, or busses 59 or 70 also service the Promenade and obviously its hotels, Place Masséna, and the Old Town.
After many years of complaining about taxi drivers and their unfair high rates for tourists arriving at Nice airport, an agreement between the City Hall and representatives of taxis in Nice has been reached and as from February 2018 a fixed rate for journeys to and from the city Centre and Nice International airport should be 32 euros. You will find Taxi ranks at the main entrances of both terminals.
If returning to the airport from the city centre you will find a full list and location of Taxi Ranks Here
Whilst waiting for your luggage on arrival at Nice airport we recommend connecting to the unlimited free WiFi tha the airport offers and beging the search for your Uber. The average cost of an Uber X (basic car) is approximately €17.00 from the airport to the old town of Nice. However if you are a regular Uber user you will know that prices fluctuate a lot depending on time and ride availability. It is approximately a 7 km journey taking around 20 mins to the Old Town. Using the Uber app you can request your car when you are ready to leave or when you arrive, average waiting time during the day and early evening is 5 to 10 mins, it can be slightly longer at night. If you intend travelling to the airport at an unusually early hour we highly recommend prearranging your Uber through there ‘Schedule A Ride’ option. You can compare prices and book different modes of taxi or Uber on the on Ride Guru website here. Departing from the airport once you have your car ordered your driver will most likely message you, or the app will inform youof the pickup location but the common practice for drivers is to pickup up passengers in the ‘Kiss and Fly’ car parks which allows them to park for a few minutes for free. The ‘Kiss and Fly’ at Terminals 1 & 2 is located just outside the main entrance across the street.
Private Car Hire
For approximately the same price as a taxi, you can hire and be met by a professional chauffeur holding a sign with your name just outside baggage claim. We recommend Roxy VTC, a private chauffeur on the French Riviera, you can call her (speaks French, English, Italian and Romanian) +33 6 40 44 07 59