About Nice

Located in Southern Europe at the south-eastern extremity of France, Nice is a privileged crossroads between the Alps, Provence, Corsica and Italy. The city occupies an exceptional natural site in the heart of the French Riviera. It stretches over a coastal plain open southward onto the Mediterranean and bounded from East to West by a succession of wooded hills. In the background, rise the first peaks of the Alpine foothills, some reaching over 9000 ft above sea level, only 31 miles from the coast as the crow flies.
Home to an opera, numerous museums, bustling markets and a charming old town Nice stretches along eight kilometres (five miles) of pebbly beach. The Paillon River divides the city into two parts, the west side is a more modern district and the east one is more traditional.
It is certainly interesting to arrive in Nice by plane, to get an immediate bird's-eye view of the city and the reasons for its very special character. However, arriving by train also has its charm: after riding past a wild and rocky coastline, the sumptuous landscape of the Riviera leads you into the heart of Nice. By car, there is of course a wider choice: minor roads, national highways or the motorway, bringing you into the heart of the chosen area of the city (there are five different exits from the motorway, which runs round the city.
As far as the sea is concerned, it's still the most regal way to arrive ... with that inexpressible joy felt by all sailors when the horizon is suddenly broken by a tiny dot, and that tiny dot gradually transforms itself into Nice, white and opalescent in the morning, pink and mauve in the afternoon.
The diversity of the countryside surrounding Nice, its hills and mountains are a series of constantly changing landscapes. Lovers of fine food, subtle and sun-drenched flavours will take delight in «Nissarde» dishes.
City interactive map http://www.plan-nice.org/

La Promenade Des Anglais

To which Nice owes its fame and glory! This superb sea-front boulevard, always decked with flowers, follows the curve of the "Baie des Anges" and was originally a path just two metres wide! It was an Englishman, the Reverend Lewis Way, who had it built at his own expense in 1820. The locals immediately named it the "Chemin des Anglais". In its final form, two lanes of traffic separated by flowerbeds and palm-trees, the "Prom" was inaugurated in 1931 by the Duke of Connaught (son of Queen Victoria)

HOW TO GET TO NICE

By Air

The Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is the second largest in France. More than 8 million passengers travel through each year (of which 49% are from overseas) and it represents an ideal gateway to the South of Europe.
45 airlines make 82 direct connections to 27 countries worldwide and operate a large number of daily flights to and from 30 other French cities. With over 300 flights a week and some 45 daily flights, the Paris-Nice route is the busiest in France.
Useful links www.nice.aeroport.fr

By Car

Nice interconnects with major European cities via an extensive motorway network. The A8 “La Provençale” to Aix-en-Provence links the city on the west and the Italian border on the east. It takes approximately 9 hours to drive from Paris to Nice by motorway.
The motorway provides direct access to the neighbourhood of your choice, with 5 exits:
exit 50: Promenade des Anglais
exit 51: Saint-Augustin
exit 52: Saint-Isidore
exit 54: Nice-Nord
exit 55: Nice-Est

By Train

La SNCF (French National Railway Company) provides 11 regular connections from abroad and 20 daily connections with the largest cities in France. The T.G.V. (high-speed train) links Paris to Nice in 6 1/2 hours.
Direct daily connections: four to five in summer, two in winter. A "car-train" service is available between major French cities: vehicles are conveyed at the same time as their owners, who travel in "couchettes".
Useful link www.sncf.fr

By Sea

The port of Nice started its commercial activities in 1749, but today has found its real vocation as a cruise port. Ferries leave from here for the island of Corsica and luxury vessels set off for Mediterranean cruises. It is located at just 4 miles from the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport and a few minutes on foot from the city's main tourist attractions and Acropolis Convention Centre.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

Bus

From the airport to the city centre
Bus route 98: Airport/Gare Riquier (Railway Station) via Promenade des Anglais (drop off service to a selection of hotels).
Operates from both terminals 1 & 2, every day, every 20 minutes between 5.52 and 23.37.
Inbound departure from the Railway station « Gare Riquier » operates every day, every 20 minutes, between 5.20 and 21.00.
Bus route 99: Airport/Gare SNCF (Railway Station)/Airport (express service) Departure every 30 min from both terminals 1 & 2.
Inbound: departure from the Railway station (Gare SNCF) operates every 30 minutes, from 8.00 to 21.00.

Tram

For comfort and efficiency, Nice has chosen the tram. Ligne 1 covers 8.7 km and 21 stops and connects the North and the East via the city centre through Avenue Jean Médecin, Place Masséna, Place Garibaldi and Nice Acropolis.
The tram runs Monday to Sunday, 21 hours per day.Frequency: One tram every 5 minutes during peak, and every 8 minutes off peak.
All tickets are a fixed price of €1
The ticket price includes parking at the Parc Relais stations at each terminus of Ligne 1
Ticket dispensing machines are located at all tram stations and accept cash and credit cards

Taxi companies

Central Taxi Riviera: Tel.: +33 (0)4 93137878
Allo taxi Nicois: +33 (0)4 93137878
Taxi Aeroport Nice: +33 (0)6 62836814
Taxi Mariana: +33 (6)6 64263459