Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (IATA code: NCE) is the second busiest airport in France in terms of passenger traffic per year and, if you happen to be passing through it, you will almost certainly meet some VIP or celebrity arriving for the season on the French Riviera. Together with Marseille Airport, it is the gateway for tourists heading to Provence and the French Riviera.
The airport is located just 7 kilometres west of the city and on average it takes about half an hour to reach the centre of Nice.
The airport has two terminals. T1 and T2, and a shuttle bus transports passengers from one terminal to the other.
To get from Nice airport to the city centre, you have several options: you can take the tram, a bus, a taxi, Uber or book a private transfer. You can also rent a car, but if you’re staying in the centre, particularly in the Old Town, make sure your hotel has a car park if you don’t want to go crazy finding one.
The cheapest way to get to the centre of Nice from the airport is to take the tram: tickets cost only €1.50. You can buy tickets from the vending machine just outside the airport doors, right on the tram platform.
Nice has 3 tram lines. Tram line no. 2 Porto Lympia is the line that serves Nice Airport. The tram has a frequency of approximately 8 minutes. On weekdays, the tram runs from 5 a.m. to midnight. On Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m
Departing from the airport, Terminal 2 is the first stop and Terminal 1 is the second, after which it continues towards the city centre. The best stop for the centre of Nice is the Jean Médecin station, which is also useful for changing and taking tram 1.
If, on the other hand, you need to go to Old Nice (also called Vieille Ville), the nearest tram stop on line 2 is Place Garibaldi, but plan on a short walk. Alternatively, you could get off at Jean Médecin and transfer to tram 1 to Place Masséna.
Same if you need to go to the Nice Ville central train station, tram n°2 to Jean Médecin and then tram n°1 to the station.
Also keep in mind that tram n° 2, once you reach the city centre, continues to the port, stopping at the Port Lympia station.
Finally, if you need to get to the Saint-Isidore district and the Allianz Riviera Stadium, then you will need to take tram No. 3 Saint Isidore, which connects the airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) to this area of Nice. Trams shuttle to the airport approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays. The airport is not served during football matches. Connection with line 2 at the ‘Grand Arénas’ station.
In all cases where changes are needed, consider whether, perhaps with a lot of luggage or children in tow, a taxi or private transfer would not be more convenient.
Since the opening of the tram line n°2 to the airport in 2018, the old bus lines 98 and 99 have been discontinued, so don’t believe most of the outdated articles about public transport at Nice airport that say otherwise.
To reach the centre of Nice, you can still take the Promenade des Arts bus n°12, which makes stops at the Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna and in the old town.
Bus 12 stops on the main road in front of Terminal 1 at the Aéroport/Promenade stop. The bus leaves every 15-25 minutes and takes about half an hour to Nice-Promenade des Arts.
Compared to the tram, the bus follows a more scenic route along the promenade. You may also prefer the bus as it stops closer to Old Nice at the Cathédrale – Vieille Ville stop.
More information on the Lignes d’Azur website.
Taxis can be found at Gate A1 (Terminal 1) and Gate A3 (Terminal 2). Taxis take about 20 minutes to the city centre and cost around EUR 30 per ride. Alternatively, know that Uber also operates in France.
If you are heading to neighbouring cities, keep in mind that taxis to Monaco cost around 100 euro, while those to Cannes have a fixed fare of 85 euro.
To reach the airport, you have to use the A8 or the N99, which connects the city.
The airport is easily accessible by car thanks to a well-developed road system. You can either take the A8 that connects the airport with the Italian border and the Principality of Monaco or head west towards Cannes.
Nice Airport does not have a station inside but the nearest train station, Nice St-Augustin, is only 1 km from the airport, a distance that can also be covered on foot or by using tram No. 2 and getting off at the Grand Arenas stop.
From St-Augustin station, you can take a TER regional train that connects Nice to Cannes, Antibes, Grasse, Monaco, Menton and many other cities.
For all other lines, however, you must go to the Nice Central Station.
The most frequently used fast connections depart every 35 minutes every day from 8.10 am until 10.20 pm. Departures are located at the bus station in Terminal 2, on the Arrivals Level, opposite gates A1 to A3.
The most frequently used routes are:
Below you can see real-time departure and arrival times at Nice Airport.
Private transfers (or shared) are an excellent alternative to public transport at a slightly higher cost, especially if you are traveling in a group. Unlike the buses that follow a predefined route, making stops only where foreseen, the transfers are at your disposal and will take you directly to your destination, avoiding further transfers with luggage in tow. In particular, private transfers for exclusive use are comparable to a taxi service. You can book a taxi or rental with driver at Nice Airport using the link below.
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