GETTING TO NICE
Located in Southern Europe at the southeastern extremity of France, Nice occupies an exceptional natural site in the heart of the French Riviera.
The city stretches over a coastal plain open southward onto the Mediterranean and bounded from East to West by a succession of wooded hills. In the background rise the first peaks of the Alpine foothills, some reaching over 9,000 ft above sea level, only 31 miles from the coast as the crow flies…
NICE HAS NEVER BEEN NEARER TO YOU!
Arrival by Plane:
The Nice Airport is an international gateway just 15 minutes from the city centre. The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the second largest in France with 11 million passengers travelling through each year, 103 direct-flight destinations and 57 scheduled airlines. It is also the first airport outside Paris to offer a daily connection to New-York and Dubai and the leading provincial low-cost airport, with 3 million passengers a year and 18 airlines.
The infrastructures provided make it the second busiest airport in France, a secure, resolutely modern activity cluster, integrated in the Alpes-Maritimes’s development and harmony.
It has two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Now boarding … Welcome to Nice!
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
The SNCF (National Railway Company) provides regular connections from abroad and daily connections with the largest cities in France.
The TGV (high-speed train) connects Paris and Nice in 5 1/2 hours.
Direct daily connections.
ARRIVAL BY BOAT
Located in the heart of the city, the Port of Nice comprises a 10ha harbour, 7ha of docks and a dozen wharfs, six for commercial activity.
It is just 7km from the Nice-Côte d’Azur International Airport and just a few minutes on foot from the city’s main points of interest (Old Nice, Place Massena, shopping areas, Acropolis Convention Centre).
ARRIVAL BY ROAD
Nice is connected to all the great European cities by a major motorway network.
In particular, the A8 motorway, ‘La Provençale’, running from Aix-en-Provence to the West to the Italian border on the East.
To Reach the City Centre: The motorway provides direct access to the neighbourhood of your choice, with 5 exits:
• exit n° 50: Promenade des Anglais
• exit n° 51: Saint-Augustin
• exit n° 52: Saint-Isidore
• exit n° 54: Nice-Nord
• exit n° 55: Nice-Est
GETTING AROUND NICE
It is easy to get to Nice, it also is easy to get around town.
From its airport, located a few kilometres away from the city centre, to its complete intermodal transportation network (road network, high speed rail, bus, tram, taxicab, or « vélo bleu » rented bike), Nice combines attractiveness and connectivity.
From the Airport to the City Centre
Bus route 98: Airport/Gare Riquier (Railway Station) via Promenade des Anglais (drop off service to a selection of hotels).
Operates from both terminals 1 & 2, every day, every 20 minutes between 5.52am and 11.37pm.
Inbound: departure from the Railway station « Gare Riquier », operates every day, every 20 minutes, between 5.20 am and 9pm.
Bus route 99: Airport/Gare SNCF (Railway Station)/Airport (express service) Departure every 30 min from both terminals 1 & 2.
Inbound: departure from the Railway station (Gare SNCF), operates every 30 minutes, from 8am to 9pm.
The “Aero Pass”:
In order to travel bus routes 98 and 99 with express service to and from the airport, you will need to purchase a «Aero Pass» available directly from the bus driver or in any « Lignes d’Azur » kiosk (6 €). This pass includes travel on the network for 74 mn.
The New-Generation Tram:
For comfort and efficiency, Nice has chosen the tram. This new-generation mode of transportation with dedicated right-of-way covers 8.7 km and 21 stops and connects the North and the East via the city centre through Avenue Jean Médecin and Place Masséna. frequency : One tram every 5 minutes during peak, and every 8 minutes off peak.
The city of Nice and its Convention and Visitors’ Bureau is pleased to provide all NGF 2016 participants with a congress pass that can be used on all public transportation means (buses and tramway), for the duration of the congress.
N.B.: You have to validate it once for the pass to be active – this pass does not include transportation from/to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.
ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION:
Vélo bleu (rented bikes)
Get around the city in a different way with Vélo Bleu! Nice also offers an alternative means of transportation with easy-hire cycles. 175 docking stations distributed across the whole network (one docking station every 300 metres) give you access to 1 750 cycles, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Useful Information: How to use your Vélo Bleu?
Hiring a Vélo bleu is very straightforward at one of our numerous docking stations spread across the city, using a debit or credit card. The checkout is done at the end of the journey, at any of the docking stations in the city. www.velobleu.org
Auto Bleue (rented cars)
Drive without CO2 emissions and in silence, since April 2011, Nice is the first public authority in France to implement an electric car hire service with 210 electric vehicles distributed across 70 stations.
24/7, booked online, in kiosk or by phone, your Auto Bleue is available for all commutes from a few hours to a whole day.
Useful Information: Auto Bleue rates include all the following: electricity, mileage, insurance, roadside assistance 24/7 from your vehicle or by phone. To sign up or to find out more: www.auto-bleue.org
Get around by Bus in the Heart of the City
The interurban bus network, particularly dense in Nice, operates along regular service routes in all city neighbourhoods.
For further information on the network and timetables: www.lignesdazur.com
Get around by Taxi
To fully complement its transportation network, Nice also offers taxi services, available day and night.
Central Taxi Riviera: 24/7 Tel.: +33 (0)4 93 13 78 78
Reservations, account openings, taxi vouchers. Any trip distance.
A network of 350 taxis is at your disposal 24 hours a day for your trips around the city or to another destination.
HANDY TIP : Taxis can be hailed in the street or they can be reserved or taken at a taxi-rank.
Approximate rates :
Nice Airport – city centre :
• daytime rates (7:00 am – 6:00 pm) : from 23-31 €
• night rates (6:00 pm – 7:00 am) : from 28-33 €
(not including luggage supplements)
These rates are approximate and can vary according to traffic conditions. The price to be paid is indicated on the taximeter.
Book a taxi for the following day : + 33 (0) 899 70 08 78