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 popular ways.
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In 2019 Nice welcomed the opening of the new tram line ‘Ligne 2’ and has become the simplest and most hassle free means of getting to the centre of Nice from the airport. Leaving directly from outside both terminals and connecting you to the city centre at the station “Jean Médecin”. A train of trams goes to and from the airport every 12 minutes on weekdays. You can buy your ticket at the tram stop outside the terminal at the automated machines (A tip here is to remember if you are a group or if you are going to make use of frequent public transport such as a bus to Villefranche sur Mer, Eze etc to purchase the ‘Multi Voyage’ €10 ticket saving you €0.50 on each trip). Make sure to validate your ticket once on board.
Urban Bus Number 12
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 the city, you can meet the bus at many different stations along the promenade, Albert 1er, Cathédrale – Vieille Ville or Promenade des Arts (you can check the timetable and a map of stops here) 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. Be aware that some taxi’s will charge extra for big bags, a surcharge for more than two people etc.
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 are happy to arrange this for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org