Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur is a short free tram ride from Saint Augustin Station and a cheap tram ride from Nice Ville Gare SNCF main train stations with fast connections to French Riviera resorts.
Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) is not directly linked to the French railway system. However, it is a short free tram ride from the airport terminal to Saint Augustin station or a cheap tram ride to Nice Ville Gare SNCF central train station (Gare Thiers). Almost all regional TER trains call at both Nice-St Augustin and Nice-Ville stations. TER trains are generally faster than buses and stop at most French Riviera resort towns including Mandelieu, Cannes, Antibes, Nice-St Augustin, Nice-Ville, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Merton, and Ventimiglia. Intercity and TGV trains depart only from Nice Ville. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers – it is often a good alternative for small groups or when traveling at odd hours and with luggage.
Traveling to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) by Train
As trains do not stop directly at Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, a tram ride is always required. The closest train station to the airport is Nice-Saint Augustin, where almost all TER regional trains call. Nice-Ville station is a cheap half-hour tram ride away and offers not only TER but further long-distance connections.
TER train tickets can be bought from the bus ticket windows just outside the airport terminals. This is a good option as there may be longer waits at the station and often a need for small change to use vending machines.
French train tickets are available for print at home from the official websites of French Railways – Oui.SNCF and RailEurope but Trainline is often much simpler to use. Use “Nice St Augustin” for the station closest to the airport and Nice for the main train station.
From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to St Augustin Train Station
The tram ride between Terminal 2, Terminal 1 and Grand Arénas is free for all – walking to the station is no longer encouraged. Traveling time to Grand Arénas is only 3 minutes from Terminal 1 and 7 minutes from Terminal 2. The tram is very frequent.
From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) to Nice-Ville Gare SNCF Railway Station
Nice-Ville train station, often referred to as Nice Gare, or Nice SNCF station, is in the center of Nice city. The special airport express bus 99 no longer operates making a train, tram or taxi ride necessary.
The fastest option will often be by train via St Augustin as described above.
Alternatively, to reach Nice-Ville train station from either airport Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, take tram 2 (blue line) to Jean Médicin. From here it is either a 10-minute walk to the station, or take tram 1 (direction north / Henri Sappia) for one-stop to Gare Thiers. (Same tram ticket but validate again.) The total travel time should be around 45 minutes.
The tram is €1.50 but free for travel between Terminal 1 and 2 and Grand Arénas. Walking between Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 is not feasible. Train tickets are available at the airport from the transportation tickets office at the bus station at Gate AO at Terminal 1 or at Terminal 2, Arrivals level Gate A2/3.
Tram tickets are valid for 74 minutes and must be validated at the start of each journey. Transfers are allowed but not return journeys or backtracking.
How to Buy French Train Tickets Online
SNCF has several official websites: Oui.SNCF is the main site but visitors may be passed on to other SNCF sub-sites with many non-European based users ending up at RailEurope sites that often sell only long-distance train tickets. Trainline and Omio are generally a lot easier to use and may include searches for competing buses, such as Flixbus, that are price and time competitive with trains on some popular routes.
Trainline and Omio also sell cross border journeys and tickets for many other European countries. Print at home tickets are generally the best option, collecting tickets at the station is time-consuming. Tickets for short journeys and trains in urban areas (RER & Metro) are usually not sold online.
TER Trains from Nice to French Riviera Towns
The most useful trains when traveling to French Riviera resorts are the regional TER trains. These trains usually run twice per hour (more often at peak times). Almost all trains stop at St Augustin too, except trains starting only from Nice towards Italy.
TER train traveling times from Nice-Ville Gare SNCF train station in minutes are around:
- 50 – Mandelieu
- 41 – Cannes
- 28 – Antibes
- 12 – Cagnes sur Mer
- 5 – Nice-St Augustin
- 0 – Nice-Ville Gare SNCF Central Train Station
- 4 – Nice-Riquier
- 8 – Villefranche-sur-Mer
- 11 – Beaulieu
- 15 – Eze
- 19 – Cap d’Ail
- 24 – Monaco
- 36 – Menton
- 51 – Ventimiglia
Trains operate from around 5 am to 11 pm, which makes them also useful at night when bus services have ended. Although the train is generally more expensive than the regular bus, they do tend not to overfill to the point of having to wait for the next service.
Trains are often cheaper (with no luggage surcharges) and as fast as the special airport express buses but require a transfer, which may be a drag when traveling with luggage.
Bearers of TER trains tickets should ask for a discount tariff when buying admission tickets to amongst other the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the Greek Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.
More on Travel to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport:
- Public Transportation to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)
- Book Day Trips and Excursion Tours in the Nice Region
- By Tram 2 to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport from Downtown
- By Bus from Nice to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport to Downtown
- By Train to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport from French Riviera Resorts
- Transportation to Cannes from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport
- Transportation to Antibes from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport
- Transportation to Monaco from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport
- Suntransfers and Welcome 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 tickets online is often easier at Omio or Trainline: from Nice-St Augustin or from Nice-Ville.
- Air France for cheap flights to Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE)