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Nice is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It's a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city.
Nice Airport (NCE) is one of the busiest in France and has frequent daily flights to Paris, and direct to most major cities in Europe, including Moscow, as well as New York and Canada (seasonal), and a number of destinations in North Africa and the Middle East. The airport is located at the western end of Nice on a landfill. Arrival and departure in good weather often provides beautiful views of the French Riviera.
The cheapest connection with Nice town is the local bus. The journey takes about 20 minutes from T1 to the center, ending up at the major train station.
Nice is connected to the rest of France via the SNCF train network. The train arrives in Nice at the central station, called simply "Gare Nice Ville". A new service called "IdTGV" is now available: it offers low-cost TGV tickets.
Trenitalia trains connect Nice to Italian cities like Milan, Genoa, Rome and Venice. Connections to Trenitalia destinations are generally made in Ventimiglia, the first train station in Italy after the French-Italian border.
Long distance buses connect Nice with other major European cities. Eurolines, and the French LER "Lignes Express Regionaux" connect Nice with Marseille, Toulon and Aix-en-Provence at a reasonable price and acceptable three hour journey time via the motorways.
by public transport
The Lignes d'Azur and TAM routes overlap in and around Nice, so the ticket and tariff system is integrated to a common ticket zone, in which the local Lignes d'Azur tickets and passes are accepted on the longer distance TAM buses.
Nice has no metro and little need for one. The main train service is the national French railway SNCF, which boasts the high speed TGV.
The best access is by car from the A8 autoroute. The airport is well-signed from the A8 and the A8 is well signed from the airport. Just make sure that you know which way you need to go when getting on the A8 and which terminal when leaving. Especially in the morning and evening rush hour, allow extra time to deal with accidents and traffic jams.
What to do
If you go to Nice for bathing or general lounging on the beach, you may wish to think again. The beaches of Nice consist entirely of large flat stones ("gallets"). A few private beaches have added a layer of sand, but the free public beaches are a stony experience. Besides towels or mats, you should definitely bring sandals as walking on the stones can be painful, and a cushion, if you want to sit. Showers are provided (for free) on all public beaches and there is a beach volleyball area that is netted off with white sand.
For views of Nice the best vantage point is the heights of Mont Boron. From the derelict old Fort and the nearby villa of Sir Elton John there are fine views over the city to the mountains and east over Villefranche and Cap Ferat.
Go to Eze. It is a small village on the way to Monaco. The village is situated on a small mountain and there is a beautiful cactus garden with a spectacular view. Unfortunately the old town is fully commercialized with restaurants, souvenir shops, and art galleries. It is hard, if not impossible, to find an unobstructed view of the western coastline without having to pay for it.
Also close by is the magnificent Villa ile de France, of the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, straddling the magnificent peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat in the so-called Golden Triangle of Villefranche, Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat.
Hiking trails emanate from La Turbie high above Monaco and the Grande Corniche, which are double the height above sea level of Eze and offer the hardened walker truly spectacular vantage points over the Riviera.
To combine several of these proposals, a magnificient, but long and hilly path for the active traveler is the route from Eze-sur-Mer up to Eze Village (Nietzsche Path) and from there the ongoing walk on roads and hiking paths down to Saint Laurent. Take the effort to visit a slightly hidden and secldued beach offering even the possibility of discovering caves unaccessible by foot to the experienced swimmer.
Bike and eBike tours:
Nice Cycle Tours - Best way to see Nice is on a bike! 3 hour bike tour of Nice taking in the Old Town, Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna, Promenade de Paillon, Place Garibaldi and the Château Hill.
eBike the French Riviera - Best way to see the French Riviera is on an eBike! 4, 5, or 7 hour tour of the French Riviera using eBikes.
October 12, 2014
Fast, easy, good experience!