Cheap Transportation from Antibes to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) in France

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by Henk Bekker

in Côte d'Azur Riviera, France, N24

Airport express bus 82 or the train is the easiest and cheapest way to reach Antibes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE).

Getting to Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur is easy by public transportation airport express bus 82 (previously 250) or train from Antibes, Golfe Juan les Pins, and Vallauris on the French Riviera.

View of Antibes and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Express bus 82 (previously 250) is generally the simplest way to travel between Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) and French Riviera resorts such as Antibes, Juan les Pin, and Vallauris. Trains offer an alternative while the local bus may be slow but cheap for passengers without heavy luggage.

Antibes is only 15 km from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport but driving times can range from just over 20 minutes to well over 40 depending on traffic. Using the tollway can save time during peak hours. If pre-booking a private airport shuttle transfer, expect to pay around €60 for a car and €90 for a minibus van. Welcome gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.

By Zou! Express Bus 82 (250) from Antibes to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)

Zou! Airport Express Bus 82 (previously 250) offers the fastest and most convenient transportation other than a private vehicle between Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) and Antibes, Villeneuve Loubet, Juan les Pins, and Vallauris.

Traveling time on express bus 82 is around 40 minutes to Antibes and 60 minutes to Vallauris / Golfe Juan. Express bus 82 departs from Nice Aéroport Terminal 2 only (use the free tram or navette shuttle buses from Terminal 1, walking is not an option). In Antibes, express bus 82 stops at Centre Commercial, and Pôle d’echanges Antibes (train station); in Juan-les-Pins it stops at La Régence, Pont du Lys, and Les Eucalyptes; in Golfe Juan at Square Nabonnand, with Vallauris Parking du 8 Mai 1945 the final stop.

As an airport express bus, Bus 82 Express does not qualify for the €2.60 tickets. The one-way fare is €9 while groups of three pay €18.90, and groups up to 8 also receive discounts — add €0.40 for any ticket bought on the bus. Children under 12 pay half the fare, free for those under 4.

Tickets may be bought from Safebag Aéroport shop (Terminal 1: Gate A0 and Terminal 2: between gates A1 and A2), directly from the driver (with a small surcharge), or online (single tickets only). The ticket is valid for a particular day and does not guarantee a place on a specific bus.

Express bus 82 runs at least hourly: arriving from 7:15 am to 20:30 at the airport and leaving from the airport from around 8:00 to 22:00.


By Train from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to Antibes and Juan-les-Pins

Fort Carré in Antibes seen from a TER Train

Trains offer an alternative to the Express Bus 82 when traveling from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to Antibes. Traveling time by TER train from Nice-Saint Augustin station, the closest train station to Nice Airport is only around 20 minutes and €4 to Antibes and 23 minutes or €4.20 to Juan-les-Pins.

See Travel to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport by Train for more details on getting to the station from the airport terminal building – use the tram for free to Grand Arénas. Train tickets are available online from Trainline.

By Regular Ligne d’Azur Bus 620 to Antibes from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport

Zou bus 620 from Antibes to Còte d'Azur Airport replaced Lignes d'Azur Bus 200 in Antibes

The cheapest way to travel from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to Antibes and all French Riviera towns between the airport and Cannes is to use the départemental bus 620 (previously 200) operated by Zou! (a recent rebrand of Ligne d’Azur). It costs only €2.50 (€2.90 for tickets bought on the bus) but the second piece of hand luggage may be charged €1 and a suitcase €5).

Bus 620 connects Nice Parc Phoenix with Cannes via Antibes but passes en route in front of the airport. The bus does not stop at the terminal building but rather at Aéroport / Promenade on the main road in front of the airport.

On the way to Nice, bus 620 does not stop at the airport at all — use tram 2 from Parc Phoenix.

Bus 620 runs mostly three per hour on Sundays and every 15 minutes on weekdays and most of Saturday.

Traveling times from the Airport to Antibes on bus 620 should be around 45 minutes but can be significantly longer during peak periods.

Bus 620 may be full by the time it reaches the airport and refuses to pick up additional passengers. Similarly, the bus towards the airport starts in Cannes and may well be full by the time it reaches Antibes. The train is generally a safer and more sensible option at busy times.

The Picasso Museum in Antibes is a top sight and a popular day-trip destination from other French Riviera resorts.

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Henk Bekker is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience writing online. He is particularly interested in history, art, and culture. He has lived most of his adult life in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In addition to, he also owns a travel website on the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland and maintains statistical websites on car sales and classic car auction prices. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London.

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