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Transportation from Nice Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 15. 1. 2024

Nice Airport is connected to tram and bus services and there is an intercity train station near Terminal 1. Long-distance buses also stop at the airport, and it serves as a natural starting point for travel on the Côte d'Azur.

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Tram and buses to Nice

For all information about public transport in Nice, visit the official website lignesdazur.com.

Tickets for transport around Nice can most conveniently be bought via the mobile app. When you buy a paper ticket, you must also pay 2 eur a refundable deposit for the card you upload the tickets to. However, according to travelers, the card cannot be returned at the airport.

L2 tram

Tram line number L2 runs directly from both terminals to Nice city centre. It stops in front of both Terminal 1 and 2, and then heads directly into the historic city centre (terminus Port Lympia) along the Promenade des Anglais.

There is also an L3 line to the airport, but it does not go to the city centre, but only to the Saint-Isidore district in the west of the city.

The tram line has a special airport fare for 10 eur / return. It is not possible to buy a one-way ticket. The ticket is valid for 74 minutes, and during this time you can transfer freely from the tram to other trams or buses in Nice.

An alternative option is to go to the Grand Arénas Sud stop (free transport within the airport area), from where the normal fare for all Nice lines is already valid for 1,70 eur, or 7 eur for 24 hours or 13 eur for 48 hours.

  • Fares - 10 eur / return or 1,70 eur from the Grand Arénas Sud stop
  • Journey time to the centre - approx. 30 minutes
  • Frequency - 8 to 9 minutes (be careful when travelling from the centre - half of the services always go to the airport, with the other half going to the CADAM terminus, with services always alternating: one to the airport, one to CADAM)
  • First tram from the centre (Garibaldi stop) - 4:47
  • Last tram from the airport - 00:15
  • Timetable and map of the L2 line

Between 21:00 and 01:00 from Sunday to Thursday, the tram is replaced by the night bus line N4 with an interval of 30 to 60 minutes, but which does not stop directly at the terminals, but at the stop "Aeroport - Promenade" on the main road about 50 metres from Terminal 1.

Buses

Bus tickets are the same as for the tram, i.e. 1,70 eur for 74 minutes / 7 eur for 24 hours (buy your ticket from the driver). The service is slower than the tram but will offer more direct connections to different parts of the city.

There is also a bus line 12 leaving from the "Aeroport - Promenade" stop about 70 meters from Terminal 1 on the main street in the direction of downtown (timetable and map: lignesdazur.com/12).

Line 9 (timetable and map: lignesdazur.com/9) goes the other way from the centre to the Saint-Laurent-du-Var area.

The bus stop "Grand Arenas" about 150 meters from terminal 1 hosts bus lines 20, 21, 54, which however do not go to the centre of Nice.

Transport to Monaco

There are three ways to get from the airport to Monaco.

By train

From Nice Saint-Augustin station, located 150 metres from Terminal 1, trains run non-stop to Monaco-Monte Carlo station. Direct services run approximately once every 2 hours, with a change at Nice-Ville station approximately twice an hour.

The journey to Monaco takes 35 minutes and costs 5,40 eur. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine at the station or on the website sncf-connect.com.

By bus

There is also a direct connection to Monaco by Nice Airport Express bus line 80 from Terminal 2. A one-way ticket costs 19 eur.

By helicopter

You can also take a 7-minute flight directly from Nice Airport to Monaco by helicopter with Heli Air Monaco. One flight costs 700 eur and has a capacity of 5 people.

Transportation to Cannes

The resort of Cannes is accessible from the airport in three ways.

  • Train from Nice Saint-Augustine station 150 metres from Terminal 1 (journey time 31 minutes, runs 2-3 times per hour, price 6,70 eur, buy tickets online at sncf-connect.com)
  • Bus 620 from Aeroport - Promenade stop 70 metres from Terminal 1 (journey time 75 minutes, runs 2 times per hour, price 6,70 eur, timetable and map: lignesdazur.com/620)
  • Bus 81 Nice Airport Express from Terminal 2 (journey time 45 minutes, runs 1-2 times per hour, price 19 eur, online booking)

Bus to Marseille

Approximately 12-13 direct buses run daily from Terminal 1 to Marseille. The journey takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and the price is calculated according to availability, averaging between 5 eur and 15 eur.

The transport is provided by Flixbus.

Car rental

Travel the Côte d'Azur or the French Maritime Alps on your own and stop independently of the timetables at the most beautiful places.

Nice Airport is home to many local and international car rental companies. Weekly rental prices in the summer season start at 380 eur, while in the low season they are already available at 250 eur.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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