Getting Around in Nice

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Nice transportation is inexpensive and will take you around town or around the region.

Public Transportation on the Lignes d'Azur

The metropolitan area of Nice is served by a network of buses and a new tramway that connects neighborhoods in the northwest and northeast of Nice to the Place Masséna near the  waterfront. A single (Solo) ticket, good for over an hour (jump off and back on again or use it for a return from a short trip) including transfers, costs 1€. A 10- or 20-trip (Multi/Multi+) ticket costs 10€ or 20€ and can be used by more than 1 traveler with each traveler validating the card with each ride.  Passes can also be purchased for 1 or 7 days (4€/15€) that include unlimited travel within the city and to and from the airport on the 98 or 99 line. The Solo, Multi+, and 1-day pass can be purchased on a bus; the others can be purchased on a tram platform.

The buses in the transportation network tend to stop running shortly after the evening rush hour, in France, about 8:30 p.m. although 5 selected lines and the tram, called Noctrambus, continue until after midnight. Consult transportation maps for limited service on Sundays, too.

Traveling Along the Riviera

Start in Nice and head along the coast or into the hills, telling the driver where you want to go - Cannes, Monaco, Grasse, to name a few. In Nice, purchase your Ticket Azur at the ticket agency on the Place Masséna, for an additional euro. You will be able to transfer to a bus that takes you to a destination outside Nice. Be sure to show the transfer when you change buses and keep the receipt as proof of purchase. The transfer must be made within 2 1/2 hours of the start of your journey.

Trains connect Nice to other coastal cities and the hinterland (as many as 40 trains each way along the coast) and can be a better option during the high season when road congestion is common. Round trip fares are typically a few euros. During the summer, the Carte Isabelle allows unlimited travel on the train from just west of Cannes to the Italian border for a daily fare of 11€.


Taxis may be difficult to hail on the street, but taxi stands can be found on many corners especially in the city center. Fares can be expensive but there are few other options at night when only 5 bus lines and the tram are running.

Nice - Top 5 Must Do's Nice is quintessentially French in character(even more than Paris that has now become a global melting pot of cross cultural influences ) and is a stunning tapestry of the most vivid nuances of style, culture, dining and art along with an array of other classic attributes that have shaped the identity of this old fashioned yet chic French hotspot. The Nice Must Do’s guide lists city’s best tourist attractions and activities. 1 Promenade Des Anglasis Promenade Des Anglasis is a beautiful snapshot of the famous French Riviera and is a major tourist hub with holiday revelers perching themselves on its shore or biking around it. The beach side restaurants serve some of the yummiest fare in the region and the crepes sold by roadside vendors are to die for. For a more high end experience try the chaise lounge where personal butlers pamper you with     mouth-melting appetizers and cocktails. 2    Time for some art and history Visit the Nice Archeology Museum and Roman Ruins to catch breathtaking glimpses of ancient ruins of the roman empire. The museum boasts of a striking profile comprising of roman bathhouses and vintage artifacts along with a potpourri of other memorabilia. The Matisse Museum is a tribute of the genius of Henri Matisse, a celebrated French artist. The center houses several exquisite pieces of the artist’s early and contemporary work. Don’t forget to take home a print of Matisse’s art at the gift shop. 3  Cours Saleya Flower Market This is one of the most aesthetically appeasing regions of the city and that should give visitors a fair idea of its appeal considering the stiff competition. Cours Saleya is dotted with quaint cafes and gift shops and is a visually stunning exhibition of beautiful flowers and creepers that are very popular buys with tourists.  The flower market is operational from Tuesday to Sunday and transforms into an antiques market on Mondays.   4 Charming old Nice You definitely can’t go to Nice and not visit Vieuxx Nice or the older section of the town. The region is filled with cozy street side shops and hip stores selling everything from souvenirs and wine to fashion attire and knickknacks. 5 Rue de France Pedestrian Zone This is the most bustling and lively section of the town with gourmet restaurants, high-fashion boutiques, cafes and bookstores and even fancy street entertainers. Nice has a robust French flavor and is a gorgeous amalgamation of class, culture and an inspiringly refined aesthetic appeal.         

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