How to get from Nice airport to the city centre

by Destination(s) Europe

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Located in the south of France, along the Mediterranean coast, Nice is a city that’s well worth a visit. It’s the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, following Marseille. Its mild climate and scenic landscapes make it a favourite amongst holidaymakers. To explore its wonders smoothly, it’s best to know the various means of transportation from Nice Airport to the city centre. Here’s how to get there by train, bus, or car.

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📍 Where is Nice airport?

Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is the third-largest airport in France in terms of traffic, following Roissy-Charles De Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Located at the end of the Promenade des Anglais and overlooking the sea, it offers panoramic views of beaches, bays, and islands dotting the coastline. It’s just 6 km away from the city centre, so you won’t have to wait long to immerse yourself in the beauty of Nice.

🚉 How to get from Nice airport to the city centre by train?

To reach the city centre of Nice, you can take the tram. Indeed, since 28 June 2019, a line has been operational connecting Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to the city centre. This is the Line 2 (check the timetable).

Throughout your journey, you’ll pass a landscaped green space with a well-maintained 6 km cycle path. Line 2 not only connects the airport to central Nice but also serves the Grand Arénas district and the Phoenix Park. Six months after its inauguration, the line was extended to Nice’s port.

In summary, Line 2 of the Nice tramway serves the city centre from the Jean Médecin station and Nice’s port from the Port Lympia station. The journey takes between 25 and 30 minutes. During weekdays, trams head to the airport approximately every 8 minutes.

Line 3 of the tramway (check the timetable) takes you to the Saint-Isidore district and, for football fans, to the Allianz Riviera Stadium, home to OGC Nice.

Regarding the fare, a ticket costs 1.5 euros, making the tram one of the most economical ways to reach the city centre.

🚌 How to get from Nice airport to the city centre by bus?

Buses are also a straightforward option to get to the city centre from the airport. It’s pretty straightforward: Line 12 (Promenade des Arts) takes you towards the Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna, and Nice’s old town. The line has 17 stops in total, and buses are frequent (15 to 25-minute intervals).

The stop is near Terminal 1 (Airport – Promenade), on the Promenade des Anglais. A ticket will also cost you 1.50 euros.

🚗 How to get from the airport to the city centre by car?

Taxis offer a more convenient, possibly more reliable, and faster option but are, of course, the pricier choice. To catch one, simply head to the designated taxi areas outside the arrivals zones of Terminals 1 and 2.

On average, a taxi ride from Nice Airport to the city centre will set you back around 40 euros and takes about 15 minutes.

You also have the option to rent a car, with rental agencies available at the airport. However, remember to adhere to the speed limit of 50 km/h in urban areas, and in the Alpes-Maritimes region, a 110 km/h limit is in place on motorways.

That’s it! We hope you now have a good idea of how to get from Nice Airport to the city centre. If you have other route suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments.

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