Bus Service & Taxi
There is an excellent public transport system in Nice and a car is not necessary. The 98 bus leaves the airport from outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 approximately every 20 mins. It takes the sea-front Promenade des Anglais and travels directly to the city centre via Place Massena terminating near the Library & Gallery of Modern Art Complex. From here you can transfer to the 81 or 30 bus service which passes the apartment. Alight at the stop ‘Park Louisa’ which is the second stop after passing the port. Cross the road and walk up the slope and then the driveway into the car park at the top of the hill. The 2018 fare from the airport to the city is €6 per person but the ticket is valid for the day and can also be used on the 81 or 30 bus service to the apartment.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre or the apartment is approximately €25 – €35. They are readily available at both terminals. The cost may be higher late in the evening.
If you use a taxi to or from the airport please make sure the driver or booking clerk is aware you want the apartment block, ‘Le Panoramic’, located at 2, Avenue Urbain Bosio, 06300, Nice as there is also a hotel called ‘Le Panoramic’ some way away on the Grand Corniche highway. (Yes – it has happened!).
With the exception of the airport 98 service all other bus services and the tram system charge a flat rate of €1.50 for any distance at any time of day. The ticket is valid for a single journey but is incredibly good value. Buy a ticket for 10 journeys and the price is only €10. The 100 bus service serves most of the towns along the Riviera but stops running at approximately 8.30pm. It starts and finishes in the Port and passes the apartment.
For just €1.50 (or €1 if you buy a 10 journey ticket) you can travel just one stop along the road or visit the tourist attractions of Monaco, Cannes for the film festival, Grasse for the perfume factories or perhaps Eze Village, a spectacular ‘perched’ village just 20 mins away.
The SNCF railway provides a fast frequent link to all the towns along the coast and on to Italy. The main railway station is Nice Ville with a second station, Nice Riquier, about 20 mins walk from the apartment. Nice Ville railway station is centrally located and has a tram stop nearby in Avenue Jean Médecin.
Chemin de Fer de Provence
There is a splendid scenic train ride on the metre gauge ‘Chemin de Fer de Provence’ which twists and turns through the mountains via tunnels and spectacular viaducts until it reaches the spa town of Dignes les Bains in the Alps. The full journey takes 3 hours each way but there are lots of interesting places along the route to alight at and explore on foot. On Sundays between May & October part of the line is operated by vintage steam trains. The ‘CDFP’ has it own station close to Nice Ville in the city centre.
Train des Merveille
A second scenic line, the Train des Merveilles, operates from Nice Ville and crosses the border into Italy climbing through the mountains to Cuneo. There are spectacular tunnels where the train travels around 360 degrees to gain height.
‘Tram Line 1’ already connects the north and east of the city passing through the city centre with stops at all the major locations. During 2019 ‘Tram Line 2’ will open, running from west to east, and connect Terminals 1 & 2 at Nice Airport with the city centre and will terminate in the Port. From there it’s a short walk to the apartment. Further ahead there are already plans for an extension along the valley of the River Var to serve the sports stadium and out of town shopping centres.
July 2019 The new ‘Tram Line 2’ now links both terminals at Nice Airport with the city centre. At present it terminates at the new underground station in Avenue Jean Médecin below the shopping centre. Later this year the extension to the port will be completed and the terminus is then just a short walk to The Panoramic. The new ‘Tram Line’ 2′ trams are red whilst the original ‘Tram Line 1’ trams are silver/grey. The fare from the Airport Terminals to the city centre is €1.50 (or €1 if you buy a 10 journey ticket).
The transport network of the “Communauté Urbaine Nice Côte d’Azur” (27 towns) offers :
- over 40 day-time bus routes
- Noctambus : 4 night-time routes
- Tram Line 1: runs north/east through the city via avenue Jean Médecin and the Place Massena
- Tram Line 2: (due to open in late 2019) will run west/east from both airport terminals to the port of Nice
- A single ticket (bus/tram)
- Numerous connections
- The first free passenger parking service
For more information (maps, timetables, prices): www.lignedazur.com