Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is a French international airport situated 6 km southwest of Nice. It is the third busiest airport in France, serving the eastern part of Provence and counting 12 million passengers in 2015. Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as a city-state’s airport.
Airport shuttle: The Nice Airport Express Bus costs 6,00€ and you can buy the ticket either from the driver directly on the bus or at the bus desk at the airport. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes.
- Bus nr. 98: use the line Promenade des Arts/Lycée Masséna if your destination is one of the beach hotels or Old Nice. It leaves every 20 minutes until 10:00 p.m., and then there are two last buses at 10:50 p.m. and 11:50 .p.m. The bus goes along the seaside, turns to the Old Town, and just before the Museum of Modern Art, at the Promenade des Arts stop, or late night one stop earlier, at Lycée Masséna. In case you need to go to the airport from the city centre, here is the schedule.
NOTE: To continue to the Port from, take take the bus #9, #10 or #81; one of them comes every 7-10 minutes, and your airport bus ticket gives you a free transfer.
- Bus nr. 99: the line Gare SCNF will take you to the main Train station. It leaves every 30 minutes. Check out the timetable before your departure.
NOTE: If you don’t push the red button few moments prior to your stop, the bus driver will keep on going. Also, if you don’t wave your hand to the driver to stop the bus while you are waiting at the bus stop, there’s a good chance you will miss that bus.
Local bus: Taking a local bus is the cheapest option for a transfer to the city centre, considering that a ticket costs 1,50 €. To get to the bus stop follow these directions:
- Walk through the parking lot in Terminal 1,
- go to the Promenade des Anglais, the bus stop is there.
- The bus nr. 23 will take you to Gambetta boulevard and then to Train station.
- The line nr. 52 goes to the Promenade hotels.
- The bus nr. 59 goes on the route from the airport to Place Massena.
- Line nr. 70 goes to the Old Town.
NOTE: Going back to the airport from town, the bus #23 Centre Commercial is the only bus that actually takes you into the airport, dropping you off at Terminal 1 (where you can catch the free shuttle/navette to Terminal 2)
NOTE: By mid-2019 an option of taking a tram from the airport to the city center will be at your disposal!
From the airport to the Nice Port: Since the line nr. 98 no longer goes through the Port, exit on the Promenade des Arts stop, right before the Museum of Modern Art and take one of the following lines: 9, 10 or 81. The buses come every 7 – 10 minutes. Your bus ticket will still be valid, so do not buy a new one.
Train: There is a train station near the airport, but you have to walk a while to reach it. To find it, do as follows (from the Terminal 1):
- exit at Arrivals, Gate 1
- cross along the pedestrian way towards Arénas, under the RN98 bridge (Passage de la Caravelle)
- cross Av. Lindbergh and turn left (Lycée hôtelier Paul Augier)
- turn right (Bd. René Cassin), to the traffic light
- cross to the left, under the SNCF railway bridge (Route de Grenoble), then turn right (Av. Edouard Grinda).
NOTE: It is a very small station, you can buy tickets only from the machines. To reach it, you’ll have to walk for 15 minutes, provided you don’t get lost which is very common, since the signposting is non-existent.
Taxi services: The Nice taxi drivers have the worst reputation in France for their overcharging, behaviour and intimidation. Before you take it, tell the driver you want the receipt and make sure the taximeter is set straight to day (jour) or night (sour). The drive will take approximately 20 minutes and it will cost 30,00 – 50,00 €, depending on the luggage, if you look like a tourist, if you speak French or not, etc. Only cash is acceptable.
NOTE: If you want a taxi-like experience but for a decent price, take Uber. You will pay 16,00 – 20,00 € from the airport to the city centre.
Transfer: If you wish to have more comfort, or you have a lot of suitcases, you can always book the door-to-door transfer to your accommodation in Nice area.
- If you wish to pre-order a transfer, you can do that through a transfer company (even online), a professional driver will wait for you in the arrivals area with a name sign, and don’t worry if your plane is late, the transfer company will monitor your flight arrival.
- If you travel with smaller kids, you can order child seat.
- The price of private transfer is approximately 35,00 €.
Renting a car at Nice airport: If you prefer reaching and exploring the city by yourself, you should rent a car online or do it on the spot: most of the car-rental companies like Goldcar, Sixt and Goldcar are situated in the airport area.
Renting a bus at Nice airport: For larger groups of passengers, one car may not be enough, therefore consider renting a bus.
From NCE to Monaco: Due to its proximity, you have many options to choose from.
- Express Bus: The Monaco Express Bus nr. 110 departs every 30 minutes. A single ticket is 20,00 € (return 30,00 €) and the journey takes 35 minutes.
- Taxi: The fee for up to 4 people is 90,00 € from the airport of Nice.
NOTE: The return taxi must be one of the Monaco companies and will charge you 100,00 € – the same price as for the helicopter!
- Helicopter: They leave every 30 minutes, the journey takes 7 minutes and costs 100,00 – 110,00 €. Plus, the transfer from the helipad to your hotel is included in the price.
- Uber: the drive to Monaco is 45,00 – 60,00 €, but you can’t take the Uber back to the Nice
From NCE to Cannes:
- Express Bus: The Cannes Express Bus nr. 210 leaves every half an hour and costs 16,50 € per direction (26,50 € return journey). It leaves you at the Port after 45-minute drive.
- Local bus: The bus nr. 200 for 1,50 € is the cheapest option. It departs every 15 minutes and drives for 90 minutes along the coast.
- Taxi: The usual price for up to 4 people is 90,00 € (depending on the luggage). The price also depends on the season, so during the Cannes Film Festival, the prices double. The drive takes 50 minutes.
From NCE to Antibes:
- Express Bus: The Antibes/Golf Juan Express line nr. 250 leaves the airport every 35 minutes. A one way ticket costs 8,50 € (return 16,00 €). After 35 minutes of driving, it leaves you at Antibes Vautrin, very close to the Antibes train station.
- Local Bus: The line nr. 200 takes you to Antibes every 15 minutes for a 1,50 €.
- Taxi: If you choose this option, expect to pay at least 60,00 € for up to 4 passengers. The journey takes 30 minutes.
FAQ – bus and transport from Nice airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, bus lines drive until late hours, but in case you miss them all, take a cab, but be careful with the driver, since the Nice taxists are known for their overcharging. If you want a cheaper version of a taxi, call Uber.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Of course, Campanille Nice Airport and Notevol Nice Arenas Aeroport are only 800 m away. The prices are not too high, they have free parking lot, free Wi-FI and 24 hour desk, so don’t hesitate to book a bed there.
Q: I would like to spend one day in Nice in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, of course. The best way to do so is to take one of the buses which take you directly from the airport to the city centre and are the most convenient way of transportation. If you don’t want to carry your luggage with you all day, simply leave it in the luggage storage at the airport for the price of 14,00 € per item per day. The service is situated at Terminal 2, Arrivals level, ground floor between A03 & A04 gates and is open every day from 06:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Nice. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
A: Yes, you can visit Monaco, Cannes and Antibes. For other directions, go to the train station and check out the train schedules and connections to the rest of the country.
Q: Can I exchange the money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, there are several exchange offices and ATMs at the airport, working 24/7, but it would be better to exchange the money before the trip and have some euros on you since the rate will be a lot higher on the spot and no currency other than euro is accepted.