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Transportation Tips

Bus and tram tickets can be bought at various tabacs (tobacconists). Multi gives 10 reduced-rate tickets, while a Pass 1 Jour provides unlimited 1-day travel in central Nice. Driving can be tricky during summer months, as street parking is hard to find. It's best to park in a multi-storey car park and walk to your final destination. A 24-hour car breakdown service is available (tel: +33 (0) 4 93 89 80 89 or +33 (0) 4 97 00 03 33).

Bus

Buses are reasonably-priced, although they may not be the quickest way to travel during peak times. Ligne d'Azur offers over 40 day-time routes and 4 night-time routes. Bus tickets can be used on all trams enabling mixed tram-bus journeys.

 

Taxi

Taxis are readily available from Nice train station, as well as key tourist locations such as place Massena, place Garibaldi or promenade des Anglais. Otherwise, it is best to book taxis in advance rather than trying to hail one in the street.

Typical Fares 2010 :
Destination
By Day
(7am / 7pm)
By Night
(7pm / 7am)
Antibes
49 - 55
55 - 65
Auron / Isola / Valberg
167 - 186
180 - 202
Beaulieu sur Mer
45 - 50
49 - 55
Cannes
67 - 72
69 - 85
Fréjus / St Raphaël
117 - 159
138 - 175
Grasse
69 - 79
74 - 90
Juan-les-Pins
50 - 55
55 - 65
Menton
75 - 85
85 - 95
Monaco
69 - 74
79 - 90
Mougins
58 - 63
63 - 74
Nice Centre
22 - 30
27 - 32
Opio (Club Med)
63 - 69
74 - 79
San Remo
133 - 159
170 - 185
Sophia Antipolis
49 - 55
55 - 65
St-Jean Cap Ferrat
45 - 55
55 - 65
St Paul - Vence
42 - 47
53 - 58
St-Tropez
234 - 266
258 - 276
Valbonne
55 - 30
65 - 72
Villefranche-sur-Mer
45 - 50
49 - 55
   

Prices are approximate and may vary within a specific town depending on the drop-off point. (The taxi fare must be displayed on the taxi meter).
Payment : cash only !

Prefectural Decree :

Taxi rates 2010 :

- Day rate (7am to 7pm) : €1.68.
- Night rate (7pm to 7am + Sundays and bank holidays) : €2.24.
-
Pick-up charge : €2.80.
- Waiting time or slow driving per hour : €28.20.
- Minimum fare : 6.10.

Supplements :

- Per suitcase : €0.72.
- Trunk or big package : €1.33.
- Animal (excluding guide dog) : €1.33.
- Airport surcharge : €1.48.
- Surcharge for 4th passenger : €1.43.
- Surcharge for snow/ice : 10%.
- Plus motorway toll fees.

Rent your car

Nice s city centre is best explored on foot and finding a parking space, particularly in summer, can be problematic. You can expect to pay up to €4 per hour and €30 for a day. A car does give you the freedom to explore the Cote d’Azur at your leisure via the swift A8.

 

Tram

Nice's tramway is a convenient way to get around in central Nice. Line 1 provides a north to east connection passing through the city centre via the avenue Jean Médecin and the place Massena.

Foot

Walking is often the quickest way to get about central Nice. Look out at the Mediterranean Sea as you wander down the promenade des Anglais.

Train

The French Riviera is well-served by trains coming from other destinations in France although there is not (yet) a high-speed rail line directly to the heart of the Riviera. Here are the details:

Paris to the French Riviera

From Paris, a TGV speeds to Marseilles or Toulon where it ;then slows to a lazy roll along the coast. The shortest amount of time is 5h38min to go from Paris to Nice staying on the TGV all the way. You can also take the TGV to Marseilles or Toulon and then switch to the slower, local "TER" service that stops at other Riviera destinations on the way. Early morning or late night there's an IDTGV train offering lower fares. There's also one night train (Lunea) from Paris to Nice. Check schedules and buy tickets with Rail Europe <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]--> or RailEurope UK

Provence to the French Riviera

There are hourly trains from Marseilles to Nice. All except the TGV will make local stops. The trip takes a little over 2 1/2 hours. From Avignon, the TGV makes it to Nice in three hours; local trains take longer. Check schedules and buy tickets with Rail Europe <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]--> or RailEurope UK

Lyon to the French Riviera

The TGV from Lyon to Nice takes 4hr32min; local trains take longer. There's also an IDTGV for cheaper tickets. Check schedules and buy tickets with Rail Europe <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]--> or RailEurope UK

Italy to the French Riviera

From the French Riviera to neighbouring Italy, there are a number of trains to Ventimiglia, just over the border, from where Italian trains take you to Italian destinations. All trains from the French Riviera to Italy involve a change at Ventimiglia. Check schedules and buy tickets with Rail Europe <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]--> or RailEurope UK

Day Card Travel for 3 € on the Monaco Buses

The Monaco Bus Compagny propose you a touristic travel card for 3 €. This card is without travel limitation. You can buy it directly with the bus driver.

 Number 1 : Monaco Ville - Saint Roman (Round trip).
Number 2 : Monaco Ville - Jardin Exotique (Round trip).
Number 4 : Condamine - Saint Roman (Round trip).
Number 5 : Fontvieille - Hôpital (Round trip).
Number 6 : Fontvieille - Larvotto (Round trip).