Stuck on a Nice layover at the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France? The airport is the third busiest in France, and is a focus city for Air France, EasyJet and HOP!. The Côte d’Azur airport is located roughly 4 miles from downtown Nice which makes it very accessible for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Nice layover, click here for useful tips.
The airport offers a number of services that you can take advantage of during your Nice layover including shopping, bars and restaurants, and facilities including a meeting room, office rentals, Internet spaces, places of worship and more. You can find a personal products vending machine in Terminal one. There are world-class art exhibits located throughout the airport, as well as VIP Lounges in the departure lounge (the Azur VIP lounge, the Cap d’Antibes VIP lounge, Cap Ferrat VIP lounge and Riviera VIP lounge) of each terminal which cost 25 Euros per person.
If you are planning on leaving the Côte d’Azur airport during your Nice layover, there are a number of transportation options. Taxis are located at Gate A1 in Terminal 1 and Gate A3 in Terminal 3, and an average fare from the airport to downtown Nice is roughly 23-33 Euros, depending on the time of day. There is also trains, helicopters available to Cannes, St Tropez and Monaco, rental cars and shuttles. Private transfers can also be booked.
Layover Guide’s top picks of things to do on a Nice layover:
There are a ton of tours available in Nice, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, segway tours, beach excursions, water sports, day trips, helicopter and balloon rides, biking tours, cultural, food, wine, and nightlife tours and tons more!
Old Town (Le Vieux Nice)
Old Town Nice is located in central Nice and is a picturesque collection of narrow streets, busy squares, churches, shops, restaurants, and more. A great place to wander, shop, eat and spend the day getting lost.
Promenade des Anglais
A famous promenade along the Mediterranean Sea, the Promenade des Anglais is a great place to take a jog, bike ride, stroll, or a great place to lounge in cabanas. It’s also a great place to stop in a café for lunch, shop, and people watch.
Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau)
Address: Montee du Chateau par ascenceur, 06300 Nice, France
Sitting along the shoreline of Nice, Castle Hill is a spectacular lookout point for the area, and is home to the ruins of Chateau de Nice. The area also has a kids playarea, and the Belander Tower, and more.
Address: 36 Avenue Docteur Ménard, 06000 Nice, France
A great museum and place to check out the artwork of the French artist Marc Chagall. The works are inspired by the bible, including a series of 17 paintings that he did based on the bible books of Genesis, Exodus and Song of Songs.
For a weary traveler, nothing beats lounging at the beach and catching some rays! Nice has 15 private beaches, as well as 22 public ones, so based on your budget, come prepared! Here’s a guide to Nice’s beaches.
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