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Taxis from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to the city centre cost around €30, depending on the time of day. You can book ahead but there are always plenty of cars waiting outside the airport’s terminal buildings.
If you’d rather save your euros, regular shuttle buses depart from both terminals. No 98 stops at various city-centre locations before terminating on the Promenade des Arts, while the no 99 goes non-stop to Nice Ville railway station. Single tickets are €6 and valid for a very precise 74 minutes on any other bus or tram.
Cruisers docking at Port Lympia have three options. There’s a pleasant 20-minute stroll into the centre, taxis for around €5-10 or, in summer only, free shuttle buses.
From Villefranche-sur-Mer, there are both frequent buses (12 minutes into central Nice, €1.50 per ticket) and trains (seven minutes; €1.60), plus taxi drivers who’ll charge you about €20.
It might be France’s fifth-biggest city, but Nice is comparatively small compared to the likes of London, and easy to walk around. Not just easy, in fact, but decidedly pleasant – whether its relishing a soft breeze along the Promenade des Anglais or enjoying the views as you climb to Cimiez.
In Vieux Nice (the Old Town), walking is actually the only option. Some streets are so narrow that even the local Vespas struggle to pass, let alone buses or taxis.
When your feet have had enough, Nice has a top-notch public transport system at the ready.
Most exciting are the artwork-lined trams, introduced in 2007, whose U-shaped line links most of the main districts (another line is due to open at the end of 2017), while there are also countless buses.
Solo Tickets cost €1.50 and, again, are valid for exactly 74 minutes and a maximum one change – but not return journeys, for which you’ll need a new ticket. Ditto if transferring to the two airport buses. One-day passes cost €5, with seven-day versions priced at €15.
Buy your tickets on-board from bus drivers, at bus or tram stations, or at the tourist agencies at Place Masséna and Avenue Malaussena. Remember to validate tickets whenever you embark on a new tram or bus. An unpleasant €29 fine awaits if you don’t.
Nice is one of those cities where everyone seems to be cycling. Joining them is easy: operators along the seafront will hire you two wheels from around €15 per day.
Alternatively, utilise the official Vélo Bleu bikes, parked at numerous stations around town. Rental costs €1, with the first half-hour free. After that it’s €1 for the next 30 minutes, then €2 per subsequent hour.
Booking online at www.velobleu.org is far easier than trying to arrange hire on the spot, which typically involves a phone call, frustration and some questionable Frenglish.
If you’re looking to rent a car in the South of France, discover the local options on our Nice car hire page.