NICE - GETTING AROUND
Nice is a very walkable city! Easy to navigate on foot, with most of the tourist sites, restaurants, and shops no more than a 10-minute walk from place Massena, including the seafront promenade des Anglais, Old Town, and the harbor. It is highly recommended to navigate Nice on foot unless you are planning to visit remote areas.By Bike
Nice has its own bike-sharing system, Velo Bleu (www.velobleu.org). You can register at one of Nice`s various bike stands throughout the city, or an easier option is to register online. Fees range from around €1 ($1.06) for a day to about €5 ($5.30) for a week. Alternatively, you can rent bikes and scooters from various bike rental companies throughout the city.By Tram and Bus
Each main town on the French Riviera has its own local bus network, for Nice it is Lignes d`Azur, the company in charge of managing the public transport system. It makes available a network which consists of more than 40 bus and tram lines. The network of lines is not confined to the city of Nice, but covers the surroundings of the city in the Maritime Alps department, overlapping, at least in part, the network administrated by the so-called TAM (Transport Alpes-Maritimes). The bus system Ligne d’Azur and TAM are under the same ticket system.
The buses serve all major tourist attractions, but you’ll probably find it quicker to walk if you`ll be exploring the city`s center. Most of the local buses leave from the streets around place Massena. Municipal buses charge about €1.50 ($1.60) for rides within the entire Alpes-Maritime province, even as far as Monaco or Cannes. This ticket can also be used on Nice`s tramway, which connects the Old Town with Gare Nice-Ville and northern Nice. The Tramway serves 21 stations between the northern and eastern suburbs and also passes through the city center. Day passes are available for about €5 ($5.35), and week passes are available for around €15 ($16) and can be bought directly on board buses (although not on trams) or at electronic kiosks around the city. Outside the common zone, Ligne d'Azur passes are not valid and you need to pay the €1.50 ($1.60) fare in cash.
The tram comes every 3 - 5 minutes by day and every 12 - 20 minutes by night until around 1am. The bus timings vary and bus schedules are posted. Most regular buses stop running between 8pm and 9pm, but then the Noctabuses takeover, departing every half hour for the 4 corners of Nice until 1am. They leave from the JC Bermond stop, in front of the Aston Hotel, just off Place Massena. There is also a coastal night network to get you back to Nice from Monaco and from Cannes (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights).
For further information, visit www.lignesdazur.com.By Car
It is not recommended to drive in the city because parking is pricey and can be a nuisance to find, and driving is confusing with their one-way traffic system. If you do decide to rent a car, car rental companies can be found at the airport and within the confines of the city.
Nice also offers a transport system, Auto Bleue (www.auto-bleue.org; tel. 09 77 40 64 06). Auto Bleue is an electric vehicle car sharing service, allowing visitors to rent an electric Peugeot car from one of the 50 vehicle stands around Nice for about €45 ($46) per day, inclusive of electricity, parking, and insurance. Vehicles may be used via a booking service or without advance booking. The hire service is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is recommended to sign up online in advance.By Taxi
Taxis usually operate from a taxi stand where cabs take passengers in turn. Taxi stands can be found outside the train station, tourist areas, and luxury hotels. Before you enter the taxi, start the conversation by greeting `Bonjour Monsieur,` this is a small thing, but if you don`t say it, the taxi driver may feel disrespected as etiquette is very important to the French people. Ask the driver roughly how much it will cost and tell the driver you will need a receipt; also make sure to check that the meter is correctly set to day or night. If possible, agree on the rate before entering the cab. If running on a meter, try to sit where you can see it so that you can question the driver when/ if the meter `accidentally` goes off. The cab drivers in Nice are known for their attempts to capitalize on tourists` lack of familiarity with the city and with the taxi service rules, which is why it is so important to pay attention to the taxi meter.
For a trip in town, the meter starts around €3 ($3.20), then charge about €2.08 ($2.22)/km for daytime Mon-Sat, and about €2.60 ($2.75)/km for nights, Sundays and French holidays. (1km= 0.6 miles). Under no circumstances should you get into an unlicensed cab.By Uber
Uber is available in Nice and a welcomed alternative to Nice Taxis; much less expensive, no risk of overcharging tourists, no money exchanges hands, and more professional.
Many of the drivers speak English, but even if they don`t it`s okay because you order your car on your phone in English and set the pickup point and destination in advance. There are two levels of service, the Uber-X, the most popular and costs about a 3rd to half as much of a taxi, and Uber Black Car, more expensive service because this is a luxury sedan by a professional chauffeur wearing a suit (still less than a taxi).