To and From Nice
If you've been to Nice before or are following advice in an old guidebook, note that the former airport buses 98 and 99 are no longer in service. Now, it's all about Nice tramways. As of June 2019, tramway Ligne 2 connects Airport Terminals 1 and 2 with avenue Jean Medecin in central Nice where there's a connection to Ligne 1. Ligne 1 takes you to north Nice, the Nice train station, Nice old town and east Nice.
Because work is continuing on Ligne 2, tram hours are more limited than they will be in the fall of 2019 when the tramway will extend to Nice port. Meanwhile there's a special express airport bus that will run only during the off-hours. Here are the hours for summer 2019:
Notice that the areas marked in yellow are for boarding only in the direction of the Airport and descending only in the direction of central Nice. Notice also that this bus does not run when Line 2 runs which is marked in blue. And yes, the schedule is different on weekdays and weekends.
Local bus No 23 links Terminal 1 with north Nice from 6.10am to 9.35pm. (There's a free shuttle between Terminal 1 and 2).
At the Airport
Tram and bus tickets are not sold on board the tram but must be purchased in advance. The easiest way to buy tickets is to get them from the Espace de Vente located inside Terminal 2 Arrivals and just outside Terminal 1 Arrivals. The price of a single tram or bus ticket is €1.50 but I recommend buying a MultiVoyage card for €10 which gives you 10 tram or bus rides anywhere in the city. If the lines at the Espace de Vente are too long, a single ticket or MultiVoyage card can be purchased at the ticket machines next to the tram tracks. Whip out your credit card or have coins handy though as the machines don't accept banknotes.
Ligne 2 stops right outside Terminals 1 and 2. To board Bus 23 cross the parking lot right outside Terminal 1 and take the pedestrian walkway to the bus stop Aeroport/Promenade.
To the Airport
Make sure to board the tram marked "Aeroport", not the tram marked "CADAM" which goes to the Nice administrative centre. Should you make a mistake you have until the Arenas stop to rectify it as it is at Arenas that the branches diverge.
Hailing a taxi at the airport is the worst way to get to or from central Nice. Nice taxis are among the world's most expensive and Nice taxi drivers are among the world's most unscrupulous. Taxi scams are ubiquitous. Theoretically, there's a flat rate of €32 (including four passengers plus luggage) to go from Nice Airport to central Nice (7km). In fact, taxi drivers start the ride with €32 on the meter and then let it run. The final bill could be €45 or €50!
courtesy Nice Airport
Taking a taxi to the airport entails a host of similar problems as the driver will charge (illegally) for the drive from the taxi stand to your pickup point. In any case, you will pay far more than Nice taxi official rates.
Fortunately there are alternatives! By far the best way to organise private transport to and from the airport is book in advance, using Uber or a car service. Uber rates are somewhat less than taxi rates and scamming is rare. Car services charge about the same, if not more, than a Nice taxi and are friendly and reliable. In either case, you will know the rate before booking and can usually pay by credit card.
There are a number of car services based in Nice but I prefer Sun Transfers which has the most competitive prices along with reliable service. Just give them the flight arrival time and the driver will be there waiting for you.
[Get all details on taxis, Uber and car services in Nice]
To and From Cannes
Bus 210 is an express bus to Cannes that runs roughly every half hour from 8am to 8pm from Terminals 1 and 2 and from 7am to 7pm from the Cannes train station (Gare SNCF) and Le Cannet (Place Benidorm). The ride takes 45 minutes and costs €22 (€33 for a round trip). Buy tickets online at niceairportxpress.com or in the Espace de Vente in Terminals 1 and 2.
Thursday through Saturday there's the N200 that runs infrequently from 11.30 to 4.10am. It leaves from Quai 4, Terminal 1 and costs €1.50. Tickets are purchased on board.
Bus 200 runs from the Aeroport/Promenade stop outside Terminal 1 to Cannes train station daily from around 6.30am to around 10pm. A ticket costs €1.50 and can be purchased from the Espace de Vente or on board. Get the complete schedule at sudmobilite.fr
Another possibility is to take the train from the St Augustin station. To get to the St Augustin station take tram line 2 one stop to Arenas (free) and follow the signs to the train station. Or, you can walk it in about 15 minutes. Prices and schedules are at sncf.com
There's a fixed rate from the Airport to Cannes of €80 which taxi drivers will of course ignore. It's best to reserve an Uber or car service such as Sun Transfers which is cheaper and more reliable.
To and From Monaco
Nice Airport Express runs bus 110 from Terminals 1 and 2 to the Place d'Armes, Casino and Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and going on to the Menton bus station every hour or so starting at 8.30am and ending at 10.05pm. The ride takes about 45 minutes and costs €22 (€33 round trip).
At night, there's the N100 bus which runs from 10pm to 2.30am and connects Terminal 1 with Menton, Monaco, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Roquebrune for €1.50. Buy tickets on board.
There's a fixed rate from the Airport to Monaco of €100 if you grab a taxi at the airport. Uber or a car service such as Sun Transfers can beat that rate.
Last updated July 16, 2019
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