Public airport express buses 98 and 99 provide fast and cheap transportation from Nice-Côte d’Azur Aéroport to stations, downtown and the Promenade des Anglais. Other buses, including 23, stop in the main road near the airport. During 2019, tram 2 will replace these buses as the top choice for traveling from the airport to downtown Nice.
Public buses provide the cheapest transportation from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to downtown Nice, trains stations, port, and the seafront. Bus 99 goes directly to Nice Ville Gare SNCF train station. Bus 98 passes along the seafront (Promenade des Anglais) via the town center and old town to Promenade des Arts. Travel on bus 98 or 99 requires an Aero ticket (€6). Bus 23 no longer stop at the airport terminal but a short walk away in the main road. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
Note: Tram 2 will run from Nice Airport to edge of the city center from mid-December 2018 with the operation progressively expanding during 2019 all the way to Centre Ville, the old town and port area. The tram will become the first choice for traveling from airport to city – like the bus tram tickets are only €1.50 and without an airport surcharge.
Public Municipal Buses from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to Town
Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) is very conveniently located right on the seafront in the south of Nice city. Public buses (Lignes d’Azur) provide the cheapest transportation from the aéroport to train stations and most parts of Nice city.
Travelers to downtown Nice have two basic bus options when traveling to / from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport:
- The two airport express buses 98 and 99 are the only two municipal buses that stop directly at the airport terminal buildings. These airport express buses require an Aero ticket (€6) and have some space for luggage in the bus. The Aero ticket is valid on bus 98 or 99, as well as for up to 74 minutes of travel on connecting buses and trams of the Lignes d’azur network in Nice. Day and week passes are not valid on buses 98 or 99.
- Regular buses 23, 52, 59 and 70 stop at Aeroport/Promenade in the main road in front of the airport. These are regular commuter buses without space for luggage but the tickets are cheap at €1.50 per journey – day and week passes accepted.
- From mid-December 2018, tram line 2 will also stop at the airport and be excellent value at €1.50.
Regular tickets (€1.50), day passes (€5) and the Aero ticket (€6) may be bought directly from the driver – correct change or small notes required. Tickets must be validated every time a bus (or tram) is entered, even on transfers and day passes.
However, it is a good idea to buy the tickets from the ticket window at the airport – at Terminal 2 outside the building but before crossing the road to the bus stops. Larger notes (and some credit cards) may be used here. The ticket window also sells the week pass – smashing value at €15 but not valid on the airport express buses 98 and 99. Ask for the handy free bus map.
Buses may only be entered from the front, so queue at the front of the stop. Travelers with tickets can bypass travelers queuing to buy tickets and validate tickets at the machine at the front of the bus. On express buses, the validation machine is usually right at the door next to the driver.
The buses operate according to the timetable – if the bus is full, travelers have to wait for the next scheduled one. It is therefore sensible to leave a bit earlier for the airport or to have an alternative option available.
By Bus 99 from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to Nice-Ville Train Station
Bus 99 runs twice per hour in each direction. The first (last) bus from the station leaves at 8 am (9 pm) and the first (last) bus from the airport just before 8 am (just before 9 pm). Later at night, use bus 98 to stop Cathédrale-Vieille-Ville, then the tram to Gare Thiers, which is next to the train station.
Bus 99 is a true express bus – it only stops at Airport Terminal 1 and 2, Alsace Lorraine (buses from the airport only), Thiers Gambetta and Gare SNCF. Traveling time to the station is thus only 15 minutes. (If planning to change buses, better connections are often available at Thiers Gambetta but for the tram continue all the way to the Gare.)
Bus 99 requires an Aéro Ticket (€6) that is valid for travel on this airport express bus, as well as any connecting buses and trams on the network for up to 74 minutes. This ticket no longer works as a full day travel pass.
By Bus 98 from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to Nice-Promenade des Arts
Bus 98 connects Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport with Promenade des Arts on the edge of the old town. En route, the bus stops on request at all stops along the Promenade des Anglais (seafront) before passing around the old town (stop Cathédrale-Vieille-Ville) and terminating at Promenade des Arts. When traveling towards the Airport use stops Lycée Masséna or Station J C Bermond from the old town area. (Bus 98 no longer goes to Riquier station in the far east of Nice.)
Bus 98 runs every 15 or 20 minutes in either direction from around 7 am to 9 pm. Earlier and later buses are generally only once or twice per hour. The first (last) bus for the airport departs at 5:00 am (9 pm) and the first (last) bus from the airport departs Terminal 2 just before 6 am (23:45).
Travel time depends largely on traffic but expect around 35 minutes to the old town area. Stops on the Promenade des Anglais are reached within minutes but the full fare is still payable.
Bus 98 requires an Aéro Ticket (€6) that is valid for travel on this airport express bus, as well as any connecting buses and trams on the network for up to 74 minutes. This ticket no longer works as a full day travel pass.
By Bus 23, 52, 59 or 70 from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)
A cheaper alternative to the Airport Express buses are regular municipal buses that stop near the airport. These buses only require a regular ticket but has no space for luggage.
For many travelers, tram line 2 is likely to be even more convenient than these buses.
Of the regular municipal buses passing directly in front of the airport, bus 23, 52, 59 and 70 are the most useful to tourists.
These buses stop at Aéroport Promenade, which is a few minutes walk from Terminal 1. Travel on tram line 2 between terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is free for all travelers. (Walking between these two terminals is not an option.)
These buses follow the same basic routing from the airport along Promenade des Anglais – not all buses call at all stops here – but then follow different routes into the city:
- Bus 23 turns north on Boulevard Gambetta and then goes to the northern suburbs of Nice to terminate at Vallon des Fleurs (or Bella Vista). It stops near the main train station at Thiers-Gambetta. It runs four to six times per hour.
- Bus 52 terminates at Station J.C. Bermond between the old town and city center. It runs four to five times per hour for most of the day.
- Bus 59 terminates at Cathédral-Veille Ville but runs only once per hour.
- Bus 70 also terminates at Cathédral-Veille Ville but runs two to four times per hour.
These buses are a great choice when traveling only with light luggage. The basic ticket is €1.50 and all passes are accepted.
A taxi from downtown Nice to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport will cost around €32 (€36 if ordered by phone), which is a fair alternative for a small group or family. This is especially good value at busy times, when buses may be full, or at odd hours. Although the buses allow for free transfers – and the day ticket valid until the end of services – taxis will take travelers door to door and are easier when transporting luggage. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
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- Suntransfers and Taxi2Airport give online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
- Use RailEurope or Oui SNCF for French national railways timetables and tickets. Buying train ticket online is often easier at Trainline: from Nice-St Augustin or from Nice-Ville.
- Air France for cheap flights to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)