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Although getting around Nice is super easy with public transportation, for part of our trip we were heading up into the mountains and away from easily accessible buses or trains. So a rental car was needed for this part of the trip. Half-way into our vacation, we headed back to the Nice airport in order to pick up a rental car for the remainder of our journey.
We opted to rent from SixT rental car, having used them during our Malta trip and had an overall good experience with their service. We selected a small fuel efficient car and used our own GPS which had brought from home. The cost was extremely reasonable (and even cheaper if you prepaid online) and we were more than happy about the service and the car itself. We actually were given a brand new car with less than 500 km on it – and still had that new car smell!
The rental car agencies are located at Terminal 2 so we had to take the free airport shuttle from the other terminal. But everything was very clearly marked and we had no problem finding the rental car area either from the shuttle buses at pick up or driving the car back in before our flight home. Just be sure to allow a little extra time if your flight leaves from Terminal 1 since you will need to catch the shuttle after dropping your car off.
Overall, we had a very good experience with SixT at the Nice airport and would not hesitate to use them again.
Written Mar 21, 2013
We flew in and out of the Nice Airport during our trip and found it to be an easy airport to maneuver around. We used public transportation while in Nice but then returned to the airport mid-way through our holiday to pick up our rental car since we were heading up into the mountains. Everything is well signed (in English and French) and each time there was never a problem with finding our way.
The airport has two terminals and regular free shuttle buses that run between them and the various parking areas. There is also a bus terminal at Terminal 1 with a number of buses that run through the area, including the Nice Express bus that goes direct to the Nice main train station in the city center (Gare de Nice-Ville).
While waiting for our flight, the area was very crowded with passengers, although there seemed to be enough seats. The waiting area is just small and cramped with shops and cafés all around. A nice plus was that there were plenty of notice boards with flight information so you didn’t have to walk far to get updates on your flight and/or gate.
One of the best things about flying into Nice is the view from the plane on takeoff or landing. Planes come in over the water and make some sharp turns. We arrived at sunset and it was stunning to see the sun set over the water. Our departure gave us a great view of the coast. Be sure to get a window seat and have your camera ready!
Written Mar 21, 2013
There is a "Carte Isabelle Famille" which costs 35 Euros (one day only) or 80 Euros (3 consecutive days) for 4 persons (2 adults + 2 children under 16 years old).
Source in French: http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/paca/Fr/Se_deplacer_en_TER/Avant_mon_voyage/Produits_et_prix/DetailProduit.aspx?action=liste&ctcr=VL15&mode=0
If you buy it at the ticket office, you may be asked to fill in this form: http://telechargement.ter-sncf.com/Images/Paca/Tridion/Formulaire_Cartes_2010_tcm-27-58068.pdf
Written Jun 7, 2011
Thank you for your response. I did think Avignon, Nimes, Aix, were close enough for day trips. Don't want to change hotels too many times as you always lose a large piece of the day when you move to another hotel. So, would it be better to stay near the train station or near the port, or does it even matter if the Metro is near?
Written Apr 27, 2011
As the Sea Alps extend towards the seashore, space for roads is limited. On the other hand, the view from each road is breathtaking. In the eastern part of the Côte d'Azur, three so-called "corniches" allow visitors to enjoy these vistas: the Basse-Corniche, the oldest of them, next to the sea, the Moyenne-Corniche from the 1920s in the middle and the Grande-Corniche (built during Napoleon's reign) high above sea level. Numerous movies were filmed here because of the sublime vistas. Every corniche is worth driving along, so you do best to take the drive several times on each one of them. Some great views can be enjoyed close to Nice, near Eze, in Beausoleil with Monaco beneath you and further east in Roquebrune and around. But basically, the views are great more or less everywhere.
While it is possible to cycle the corniches, I would advise not to do that: The traffic is heavy and the countless bends make it easy for a cyclist to be missed by car drivers, especially if both are admiring the view and not driving carefully.
The only drawback is the lack of parking possibilities: there are only very few.
Written Sep 16, 2010
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) whisks you to Provence from Paris in 3.5 hours. There are trains to Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Marseille. You can catch trains at the Charles de Gaulle airport and bypass Paris altogether.
Written Dec 20, 2008
We have deciced to stay/sleep in one place and from there make trips, routes every day. It is more convinient then to change hotel/apartments every two or three days and waist your time on chek in and chck out ; packing and unpacking your staff. We have choose nice house some 20 kilometers away from Avignon and all major sights was in 45 minutes drive distance. Also, we bought car navigation system wich shows up at the end as a very good investment, because we have never lost :-)
Updated Aug 21, 2008
Website with the regional bus service for the Provence.
Main places include from west to east:
Arles, Fos sur Mer, Istres, Miramas, Salon de Provence, Vitrolles, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille Cantini, Marseille, La Ciotat, Aubagne.
Rates and schedules you can find under menu option Horaires et Tarifs.
You can call the information number for travel advice.
The main office is at:
368, boulevard Henri Barnier, 13016 Marseille
Updated Aug 19, 2008
Phone: 0891 024 025
A convenient, easy way to travel along the coast is by taking the train. The line runs from Marseille way along the coast to just over the Italian border.
The main attractions are on the route - Cannes, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Nice, Monaco - and there are beautiful stretches running right alongside the ocean.
The fares were, we thought, not too bad. From Mandelieu La Napoule to Antibes and return was €7.20 each.
Updated Jul 7, 2008
The timetables for the local trains in that area can be found here:
There is also the privately operated line between Nice and Digne
Written Apr 20, 2008
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