Nice (Côte d'Azur) Airport
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur is the second busiest airport in France (Paris - Charles de Gaulle is the busiest). International jetsetters use this airport a lot to fly to luxurious vacation resorts or to second homes in places such as St. Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco. On the other hand there are also budget airlines at Nice such as EasyJet.
The airport is seven kilometers west of Nice and has two terminals. Terminal 2 has a new section that is also called New Terminal 2. A free shuttle bus rides between the terminals.
500 meters from Terminal 1 is the SNCF-station Nice St. Augustin. The regional train (tel: +33(0)892 35 35 35) leaves from here to destinations between Cannes and Vintimille. All other lines leave from the Central Station in Nice. There are direct buses from the airport to the station, bus line 99 leaves from Terminal 1, and bus line 23 leaves from Terminal 2.
Car and bus
Nice Airport is surrounded by an extensive road system. From the “Promenade des Anglais” you go towards Nice. The A8 connects the airport with Italy and Monaco (going north) and with places west of Nice like Cannes. The RN 7 (National Route) goes along the airport to various places along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. RN 98 goes to Cannes and Antibes. For places north of Nice (Digne, Grenoble) you follow RN 202. Further information can be obtained from the Center d'informations routières Mediterranee (tel: +33(0)491 78 78 78).
Nice Airport has an extensive bus station where buses leave to all places along the Côte d'Azur. On the buses from Ligne d'Azur you can buy a ticket for €1.30 that is valid for 1 hour 15 minutes (tel: +334 898 898 28).
Car rental - Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
In both terminals you can find counters for the following car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, ADA and National Citer. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are taxis standing in front of both terminals. An indication of the prices are: Nice €20.00-25.00, Antibes €45.00-55.00, Cannes €60.00-70.00 and St. Tropez €230.00-260.00. From 19:00-7:00 there is a 20% surcharge and you must pay for the toll roads (tel: +33(0)4 9313 7878).
There are various parking areas available. It can be difficult to choose the best option, P1 is by Terminal 1 and is reserved for short-term parking, the first 30 minutes costs €1.70, up to two hours €6.50, for more than two hours there is a €25.00 penalty. P2 and P3 surround P1, the first hour costs €2.20, but the first 30 minutes at P3 are free. P4 is for long-term parking and costs from €30.00 for the first three days. P8 is the so-called “economy parking” and costs €10.00 per day. G1 and G2 are secured, covered parking garages. The Nice Airport website has an interactive map where you can look at all the possibilities, you can also call (tel: +33(0)4 9321 3086).
The following hotels have direct complimentary shuttle buses to and from the airport: Holiday Inn Resort (tel: +33(0)4 9314 8000), Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000 (tel: +33(0)4 9331 6115), Novotel Nice Arenas Aéroport (tel: +33(0)4 9321 2250) and Campanile Nice Côte d'Azur (tel: +33(0)4 9321 2020). Buses stop at the “Navettes Hôtels” stop outside the Arrivals Hall. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates. For more information refer to our page about hotels in Nice.
Shops and restaurants
At the most important airport of the Côte d'Azur, the center of sophisticated enjoyment and pleasure, there is no shortage of shops, bars and restaurants, but it is very expensive to eat and drink and to buy other items in most stores.
The Service Center takes care of storing baggage and lost and found items (see Information).
In all terminals there are information counters. In Terminal 1 they are in both the Arrivals Hall and Departures Hall, and in Terminal 2 there is one, only in the Arrivals Hall. The same also applies for tourist counters, there are so-called Service Centers where a range of services are offered such as baggage storage, lost and found items, dry-cleaning services, the delivery or collection of documents, faxes and prints, etc.
Nice Airport has an extensive business center (tel: +33(0)820 423 333). On the first floor of Terminal 1 there are six meeting rooms and one conference hall with a capacity of 250 people. The large hall can be divided into two or four rooms. On the second floor of Terminal 2 there are seven meeting rooms with a surface area of 15 m² to 50 m². You can book these rooms on the website through the “Centre d'Affaires”.
For frequent users of Nice Airport there is the Club Airport Premier program. For each flight from Nice Airport you earn points which give you direct fast check-ins, reserved parking places or discounts in the shops. You can register for free online.
You can fly with a helicopter to your end destination from Nice Airport, there are three companies that offer these services and further information is available on the website.
Nice Airport has excellent facilities for the disabled. Wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms, elevators, telephones and ATM's. All parking areas have places reserved for the disabled.
For transportation to and from the airport for the disabled, you can contact Ulysse Transport (tel: +33(0)493 710 700).
You can find ATM's and money exchange offices everywhere in the airport. In Terminal 1 there is a post office, a pharmacy and a prayer space. On the first floor of Terminal 1 there is a vaccination center.
In the New Terminal 2 there are public computer terminals with internet; you can also connect your own laptop. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is present throughout the whole airport. In the business centers of both terminals there are changing exhibitions.
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
06281 Nice Cédex 3
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +33(0)4 898 898 28
Fax: +33(0)4 932 131 47/9
IATA airport code: NCE
ICAO airport code: LFMN