You'd better stop rubbernecking through the streets, because taking in the beauty of Nice will take days. Thanks to its architecture, history, and natural spaces, Nice has made its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the most flamboyant destinations in France for all kinds of travellers.
The city has some of the swankiest hotels with sweeping views of the French Riviera, or as the locals say, Côte d’Azur. The outdoor scene of Nice is as luxurious as the hotels, making this European escapade such a magnet. The city has a rapidly growing cultural scene: designer boutiques, pretty outdoor restaurants, world-class galleries, and a yacht-lined marina by the port.
Best Time to Visit: The spring and fall, also known as the shoulder seasons, are the best times to visit Nice. Book flights to Nice between September and October, or mid-March to April.
By Air: Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is the closest airport, located around 8 km from the city. The airport is serviced by major airlines due to the city’s popularity. The airport has two terminals within walking distance. Shuttle services and car rentals are available from the airport, allowing you to drive to your hotel. Public transportation (bus or train) is also available at the airport.
By Train: As Nice is connected to other parts of the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) train network, it is one of the best ways to enter the city. The Train à Grande Vitesse
(TGV) is the country’s intercity high-speed rail service, which runs directly from Paris to Nice. Gare SNCF is the main train station; all trains stop here. From here, you can catch the local train and tram network to take you to your desired destination. The train network also traverses the Cote d'Azur coast and further inland.
By Road: Like the railway network, the country has good road connectivity. The bus station in Nice is called the Gare Vauban, Gare Routière, or Gare St. Jean d'Angely, and it is located at 16 av des Diables Bleus. The buses mostly handle regional or departmental lines. To travel to international destinations, you can catch Eurolines that operate from the airport or train station.
The city has great train and bus connectivity. From the airport in Nice, you can catch the Nice Airport Express Bus, which stops outside both terminals. The buses, numbered 98 and 99, will take separate routes to enter the city. If you are heading towards Old Nice, you can catch the bus 98, which terminates at the Promenade de Arts. It is also possible to take a local bus from the airport. It is located in the parking lot at Terminal 1.