Located in the beautiful city of Nice, the capital of the French Alpes-Maritimes départment, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) can serve as the perfect starting point for your European adventure.
No matter if you want to soak up the sun on the sandy Mediterranean beaches, explore the charming old town, or enjoy the cuisine, Nice Airport will be your gateway to the French Riviera. With its convenient location, excellent amenities, and efficient transportation options, you'll find yourself immersed in the beauty of the Côte d'Azur in no time.
How to get to the airport
Nice Cote d' Azur Airport is located 8 km (5 mi) from the city, so if you rent a car, take a taxi, or hire a private transfer, the ride to downtown Nice should take around 20-30 minutes.
Renting a car at the airport should be easy as most big car rental companies (like Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt) have a designated desk at the terminals. Cabs usually have fixed rates for a ride from the airport to the city centre (Nice Ville), €32 ($35), but there could be surcharges, so it might be a good idea to talk to the driver first.
If you would like to use public transportation, there are trams (lines 2 and 3 which replaced the previous express bus lines 98 and 99) that connect Nice Airport to the city. There is also a bus service No 12 which runs along the Promenade des Anglais and goes to the Old Town (Vieille Ville).
Apart from that, there are bus routes that start at the airport and take travelers to Cannes and Monaco. The Nice Saint Augustin train station is also a good option for reaching other destinations along the French Riviera like Antibes, Grasse, Menton, and Saint Tropez. The train services are reliable and easy to reach (20 minutes walking distance from Terminal 1).
Where to travel from Nice airport
As NCE is the third busiest airport in France, a lot of airlines operate from it. Unsurprisingly, Air France is the main one. The national airline offers domestic flights to many French cities, including Paris, and international routes to many European destinations. Other big airlines that fly from Terminal 1 are British Airways, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines.
Unfortunately, the only direct flights from North America to Nice start from Atlanta (GA), New York (NY), and Montreal (Canada). On the other hand, Nice could be a good place to start a trip in Europe, especially with low-cost airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and WizzAir.
These carriers usually operate their flights from Terminal 2.
Additionally, you can take advantage of connections to North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco) and the Middle East (like Istanbul in Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Dubai, etc).
What to do at the airport
At Nice Airport you can make the most of your journey or layover with a variety of services and amenities. You can choose from an extensive list of restaurants and cafes offering various food and drinks, and do some last-minute shopping in the duty-free shops.
There are also ATMs and currency exchange offices where you can get euros or exchange your remaining cash for dollars on the way home. What’s more, if you made some purchases in Europe, you can get a VAT refund for them (read more about that in our blog post).
Need a place to rest before your early morning flight? Several hotels are situated nearby. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi access in both terminals and enjoy the comfort of lounges like the Club Airport Premier Lounge and the Canopy Lounge. NCE is managed by the Groupe Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur which also takes care of the Cannes and Saint Tropez airports.
What to do in the event of a flight disruption
Trouble with your flight from or to Nice Airport? You might be eligible for compensation of up to $700 (€600)! European Regulation EC 261/2004 protects your passenger rights if your flight gets delayed or canceled.
Don’t worry, this applies to all travelers if they fly FROM a EU airport or with a EU airline TO a EU airport, so it won’t matter if you are not a European citizen. SkyRefund will gladly help you to apply for your compensation, contact us to find out more and check whether your flight qualifies for reimbursement with our free calculator.