Getting Around Nice
The best way to get around Nice is on foot, especially if you plan on sticking close to the city's center. Like many other French cities, Nice is equipped with a reliable and convenient public transportation system. Buses serve all major tourist attractions as well as the Nice-Ville train station and the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). Ride-hailing services, such as Uber, are also a popular option now because they are much cheaper and convenient than the traditional taxis. If you decide to take a taxi from the airport to the center of Nice, expect to pay a flat rate of 32 euros (around $39). Driving is not recommended as traffic can be frustrating and parking limited.
The buses serve all major tourist attractions as well as the train station and airport, but tramway construction often disrupts the routes. You'll probably find it quicker to walk if you'll be exploring the city's center. Tickets can be purchased as you board the bus for 1.50 euros (around $2).
The Tramway de Nice serves 22 stations between the northern and eastern suburbs and also passes through the city center. Tickets are an affordable 1.50 euros (around $2) and available at ticket machines in all tram stations.
We recommend not renting a car because downtown traffic can be frustrating and parking is limited. Rental agencies are located throughout the city, though U.S. citizens will have to obtain an International Driver's License prior to arriving in France to drive in the country. Applications are available online.
A moped's smaller size alleviates the limited parking and traffic problems, but unfortunately there's also a high accident rate, so we recommend them for experienced drivers only. If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent a moped off the Promenade des Anglais for 15 euros to 25 euros (about $20 to $30) a day. There's no special license required, but there is a security deposit of at least 55 euros (around $68), depending on the vehicle model.
Unless you're planning to visit remote areas like Cimiez, Mont-Boron or Mont-Alban, your best option is to navigate Nice on foot. The beach and most of the major tourist attractions are located within walking distance of one another and the city center.
The taxi drivers in Nice are notorious for taking advantage of tourists. If you must take a taxi, negotiate the fare before getting inside and make sure the driver has his or her fare rates displayed (a requirement).
Uber and other rideshare services have become popular alternatives to taxis because their fares are set before you ride and they are often cheaper than the traditional taxis. Visitors can schedule an Uber through the same app they use in the U.S.
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