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    The Airport Bus to Nice

    by NiceLife Updated Apr 26, 2013

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    Service 98  for central Nice and Riquier.

    For sensible normal travellers:

    Heading for Nice, and want a balance of cost and convenience, from either Terminal One or Two, take the Airport Express bus to town. Half-hourly 98 will take you as far as Place Blanqui by Nice Riquier train station via the Promenade, with stops along the way for all the main hotels. Service 99 as an alternative also runs every half hour and will take you part-way along the Prom and then up to the Railway station Nice Gare SNCF. Between the two routes, there is around fifteen minutes gap for one or the other. Both get you basically to Nice centre, 6 euro (from May 2, 2013) for a ticket also valid all day on Lignes d'Azur other local buses. Note the 98 Gare Routiere airport express runs up until just short of midnight whilst the last 99 bus for the railway station finishes as early as 9pm. After midnight, its....

    Travellers "on expenses" (or after midnight):

    The lazy/ convenient solution for those whose employer or conference sponsor hasn't booked a waiting driver with your name on a board is the notoriously expensive taxi to town, typically 35 euro (typical fares)

    Cheapskates:

    Total cheapskates can cut the airport-Nice travel bill to a miserly 1.50 euro (new ticket price from May 2nd, 2013) by catching the regular 23 route public bus service which runs between Terminal 1 and St Maurice (northern suburb, via Gare SNCF) finishes for the evening around 9pm, or by walking a short distance from T1 to the Promenade and catching the 52 or 59 local bus into Nice. Note: all the other routes passing this stop Airport/Promenade are allowed to drop off but not pick up passengers, only the 52 and 59 pick up. Those arriving at T2 (Easyjet) can use the free Navette to toggle between T2 and T1.

    Should you decide to walk to town, bear in mind the area around the airport at night is the red light district and the first kilometre is just a cycleway, but it is otherwise a safe and uneventful 5km walk - expect a little over an hour.

    Heading Home

    Returning to the airport, the Voie Rapide expressway serves the railway-station to airport bus, which is the line of choice. Allow 20 -25 minutes and you will almost certainly be fine, but I have experienced "snarl-ups" when an accident occurs on the expressway and traffic is re-routed through the airport causing major jams. A recent trip took closer to an hour, so leave a good margin for the unknown. Better that than missing a flight.

    For all the bus timetables consult the airport bus connections

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    Easy mobility guide - PASS Isabelle

    by Muscovite Written Apr 23, 2013

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    I used PASS Isabelle last time I was in Nice, and I hope to be able to do so this time, too – I find it very cost-effective.

    PASS Isabelle is a special tariff for local trains (TER stands for ‘Transport express régional’) in Côte d'Azur. It runs from Fréjus to Ventimiglia, from Cannes to Grasse, from Nice to Tende and Vievola and everywhere in between.
    The tariff is 14 euro = 1 person, and you can ride as many trains as you like – or can, for a whole day.
    A bit disappointing is that the offer runs only from June 1st to September 30th.
    Note:
    you can only buy it the same day, as far as I know. The good news is that the blue-and-yellow vendor machines will gladly help you (provided your card is chipped) - no need to queue to the cashier’s.

    Even better so if you are a family of 4 (including 2 children under 16):
    You can opt for one of two formulas Isabelle Family Pass:
    1 day (€ 35)
    or
    3 consecutive days (80 €).
    Isabelle Family Pass is valid all year round!

    *You know why I think it may be interesting for senior citizens or anyone with reduced mobility?
    My mother is 76, and although she had successfully climbed to Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, it’s never wise to try nature to the limits. She therefore took a day railway trip from Nice to Tende, from there to Ventimiglia and back to her base in Nice, enjoying the scenery without any tiresome treks.

    Disclaimer:
    The fare on the photo is from year 2011 – mind inflation!

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    Gare SNCF - Train Station #1

    by al_mary Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Gare SNCF Nice-Ville
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    We used the train for day trips
    to Monte Carlo, Cannes, Antibes
    and other places.
    We found the stations to be clean,
    well kept and safe to be in ....

    Location: Avenue Thiers
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    Gare SNCF - Train Station #2

    by al_mary Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Gare SNCF Nice-Ville
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    We used the train for day trips
    to Monte Carlo, Cannes, Antibes
    and other places.
    We found the stations to be clean,
    well kept and safe to be in ....

    Location: Avenue Thiers
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    Tramway

    by piosku67 Written Aug 17, 2012
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    The Nice tramways turned out to be silent, spacious, quite cheap means of transportation, though you can’t get everywhere. But I stayed in Comte de Nice Hotel, close to Av. Jean-Médecin, so I used them several times to get to Garibaldi Square.

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    Train des Merveilles

    by Muscovite Written Jul 25, 2012

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    You may want to try Train des Merveilles, it will take you to Sospel
    http://www.beyond.fr/travel/railcuneo.html
    They even have guiding in English
    Be sure to come early - lots of people on the train.

    If you want to make a lop and visit Vintmille, too, 'Isabelle pass' may come in handy. Unlimited travel 'Fréjus à Vintimille, de Cannes à Grasse et de Nice à Tende & Vievola' - that means everywhere along the coast and into the mountains, costs 14 euro, valid 1 day
    http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/paca/Fr/Se_deplacer_en_TER/Avant_mon_voyage/Produits_et_prix/DetailProduit.aspx?action=liste&ctcr=VL02&mode=
    Highly recommend!

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  • Transportation around Nice airport and riviera

    by catherineVH Written May 5, 2012

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    I regularly travel to Nice and the big issue is going to Juan-les-Pins when arriving at the airport.
    There is a bus, however I would still have to lug my suitcase from the bus stop to my destination.
    Thanks to MARTINE ( see her review below) I contacted Mr.Laval at riviera.mercantour.travel@gmail.com.

    Perfect solution at a reasonable price.
    I used the same service for my return to the airport.
    Wonderful!!

    Read more: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Provence_Alpes_Cote_dAzur/Nice-100528/Transportation-Nice-TG-C-1.html#ixzz1u0nNolfM

    Catherine

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    Public Transportation Journey Planner

    by Elainehead Written Feb 24, 2012

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    At last, the general council of Alpes Maritimes has come up with an online journey planner. So far, it's only available in French, English and Italian languages (to choose English or Italian, all you have to do is click on the respective flag at the top-right of the website).

    It's very straighforward, but if you don't know the area very well and would like to know more about the bus stop (where to get off), you may want to check a map of the bus/train network. If the network map wasn't much of help, try also checking Google Maps.

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    Real price for a taxi Nice-Cannes.

    by breughel Written Nov 12, 2011

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    When you look at the official website of the Nice Airport for the taxis you will find a price indication of 67 - 72 € for a trip Nice airport to Cannes.
    This is a minimum theoretical price because there are following possible "SUPPLEMENTS"
    Day rate (7am to 7pm) : €1.72 .
    - Night rate (7pm to 7am + Sundays and bank holidays) : €2.28.
    - Pick-up charge : €2.90.
    - Waiting time or slow driving per hour : €28.20
    Per suitcase : €0.74.
    - Trunk or big package : €1.36.
    - Animal (excluding guide dog) : €1.36.
    - Airport surcharge : €1.51.
    - Surcharge for 4th passenger : €1.46.
    - Surcharge for snow/ice : 10%. (rather exceptional for Cannes!)
    - Plus motorway toll fees.

    Furthermore Cannes is not small so that if your hotel is along the seaside you have to cross the city and you will pay 85 - 90 €.

    There are cheaper and less comfortable ways to reach Cannes than a taxi. If you are two or three with luggage the cost/comfort ratio is not that bad anymore.

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    Covoiturage

    by penny_g Written Jun 22, 2011

    French people travel more and more with the so called "covoiturage" - www.covoiturage.fr. This is like a car share and when someone offers you a place in their car to bring you to a destination, where both of you would like to go.

    The website is in French but people who offer covoiturage might speak English.

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    Taxi fares Nice Airport

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    Airport Taxi Information

    Typical Fares 2011

    Destinations / Destinations Jour (7:00 / 19:00) Nuit (19:00 / 7:00)
    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

    Tarif A / Fare A 0,78
    Tarif B / Fare B 1,04
    Tarif C / Fare C 1,56
    Tarif D / Fare D 2,08
    Attente ou marche lente à l’heure / Waiting period or slow driving per hour 24,70
    Suppléments / Supplements EURO

    Little parcel carried by the client himself (each) Free
    Colis moyen type valise (l’unité )/ Medium-sized parcel like suitcase (each) 0,65

    Big parcel like trunk or baby carriage (each)
    Per animal (except seeing eye dogs) 1,20
    Surcharge for departure from the airport 1,34
    Surcharge for the 4th person 1,30
    Surcharge for icy or snowy roads (not to exceed Rate C)
    Autoroute et taxe stradale uniquement en charge
    Tools not included only with load
    Minimum de perception / Minimum fare 5,50
    PRIX INDICATIFS 2006 TYPICAL FARES

    (Prices are approximate and vary within an urban area depending of setting down location)

    (The cost of the trip must appear on the taximeter)

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    Nice Airport and Nice St Augustin train "station"

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    Nice St Augustin

    People often ask if its possible to catch a train to/ from the airport, and the answer is "yes, but"

    The main railway line between Menton and Cannes has a stop "Nice, St Augustin" ( Bd. Edouard Grinda) which is officially the Nice airport stop. However its near the airport, not at the airport, and not very near at that. Experienced local travellers use it because it avoids the risk of traffic snarl ups that occasionally happen between Antibes and Nice, and they know the route to Terminal one via subways, road crossings and around the large Arenas office blocks. Its also the best way to access stops towards Italy past Nice, such as Villefranche and Beaulieu

    From Terminal 1 :

    - Exit at arrivals, Gate A1.
    - Cross along the pedestrian way towards "Arénas", under the RN98 bridge (Passage de la Caravelle).
    - Cross Av. Lindbergh and turn left (Lycée hôtelier Paul Augier).
    - Turn right (Bd. René Cassin), to the traffic light.
    - Cross to the left, under the SNCF railway bridge (Route de Grenoble), then turn right (Av. Edouard Grinda).

    Its a very small station about a half mile 15 minute walk from Terminal One, as long as you don't get lost - the signposting is non-existent. The station is often deserted - when not staffed you must buy tickets from machines which require coins and not notes, so make sure you have picked up some change at the airport as there are no shops at the station. If your flight is arriving at Terminal Two (EasyJet) , take the free shuttle to Terminal One and walk from there - it's not practical to walk from Terminal Two to the station.

    Also you must ensure your train is of the stopping at all stations when going to the airport this way - not all trains out of Nice and Cannes stop at St Augustin.

    That said, its not too difficult a connection provided you know what to expect

    The local Lignes d'Azur stopping bus route 23 ( early am until around 21:00, every ten or so minutes) from Terminal One to Nice SNCF (and beyond) has added a stop for Nice St Augustin. brings you within 50 yards of the Nice-bound platform. Alternatively, take the free navette From T1 to Lycee Hotelier and you will see the railway line in front of you - follow it towards Nice 500 yards and you will see the station.

    Don't think of asking a taxi to take you there. Taxi drivers pay a huge amount for a license to operate from the airport, and depend on fares to Nice, Cannes Monaco or even St Tropez for a living. They won't give up their place in the taxi queue for a short local trip.

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    More bus travel knowhow

    by NiceLife Updated May 19, 2011

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    TAM bus stops, sometimes

    The Ins and Outs of Bus Travel on the French Riviera Volume 2, updated May 2011. Bus Spotters Guide: Route 200 Nice - Cannes

    Not a very catchy title for a tip is it? But there are details you need to know, as nothing here stands still. Since they dropped the fare to a flat one euro instead of around eight euro by train the huge popularity of this bus has taken its toll.

    TIP ONE "Does the bus stop here?"
    "Sometimes"

    All along the main roads heading out of Nice towards Cannes or Menton you will see TAM bus stops, declaring the bus routes that stop there. 100, 200, 400 81, whatever. The bus drivers have decided that if they are fairly full (not necessarily completely full), and they don't feel like stopping, they will simply drive past stops regardless of people waiting, and stop only where a passenger inside the bus needs to get off.

    This can happen, as it did to us the other week, immediately after departing the Nice Gare Routiere. The 200 bus had filled to standing room before it had even left the bus station, so the driver took an unscheduled shortcut to the Promenade, and sailed past all bus stops without stopping, until the airport, where a load of cheapskate French air travellers boarded complete with bulky suitcases for which there is no storage. The driver then managed to avoid stopping again until virtually at Antibes, passing maybe twenty to thirty stops with folk waiting with a wagging finger "Non!" For us this had the unexpected bonus of being the fastest journey to Cannes ever, despite having to stand all the way.

    For this reason, and in order to have a fighting chance of a seat, if at all possible it is best to start your journey from the bus station, even if it means walking the extra mile. Its worth it.

    TIP TWO: Time Travel

    Do not rely on the TAM Route 200 (Cannes - Nice) or indeed any road transport to get you to Nice airport from Cannes to time. Timetables are works of fiction. The traffic build up in the Villeneuve Loubet area is reaching toxic proportions, as summer traffic mixes with shoppers heading for the out-of-town superstores, and road toll-dodgers transfer from the A8 toll road to the toll-free RN7. As tempting as that one euro fare may seem, it can cause extreme stress. A Saturday trip recently set a new slow record of two and a half hours from Cannes to Nice, most of that spent inching along between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet Marina. We were in no hurry but there were some who were bound for the airport.

    To get to the airport from Cannes, take the Airport Express coach (14 euro), or the train to Nice St Augustin (5 euro) and walk. In any event leave a wide margin of time for safety.

    TIP THREE: Beware "Edgehogs"

    Whilst some people instinctively sit in the window seat, in France it is customary - if you want both seats for yourself - to take the aisle seat and place your luggage/ coat/shopping on the window seat. The elderly are very fond of the "edgehog" tactic. Seats are precious. If the spare seat is blocked, smile sweetly stand your ground, and demand access.

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    Open Top Bus tour

    by Herkbert Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nice - Le Grand Tour is the name of the open top double deck bus tour that we took to see the sites of Nice. The bus does a general tour of the area including stops on Mount Biron, Cimiez, Place Garibaldi and a variety of other places. Your ticket allows you to hop on and hop off at the various sites so you're not just doing a drive by.

    Commentary is provided in six or seven languages, providing a description of some of the locations and monuments as you pass by. It was a great way to get around to the various sites.

    A one day pass was $18 EU.

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    Aeroport Nice Cote D'Azure

    by al_mary Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Aeroport Nice Cote D'Azure
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    Great little airport serving Nice and
    the surrounding area.
    Very clean, nice decor, and efficient
    helpful airport staff ....
    95 Scheduled Destinations
    52 Scheduled Airlines
    29 Countries Linked To Nice

    ** Where To Find An Information Desk **
    Terminal 1 : arrivals and departures areas
    Terminal 2 : arrivals area
    New Terminal 2 : arrivals area

    ** Opening Hours **
    Terminal 1:
    Arrivals - from the first flight to the last
    Departures - from 6 am to 8.30 pm
    Terminal 2:
    from the first flight to the last

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    May 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Hello everybody, can I use "One day pass" to take bus 100, 82 and 400?

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