Nice Cote d’Azur (NCE) Airport Information
Are you travelling to Nice Airport to visit the Cote D’Azur, French Riviera or Provence? This website provides information on the airport to help you find your way around Nice Airport, how and where to pick up your hire car, what public transport is available for you to get to your resort, how you can book a private transfer or use a taxi, flight departure and arrival information and airport facilities available. We’ve also provided information on the major resorts on the Cote D’Azur, some tips on some places to visit, where to stay, where to eat, local shopping centres, and some travel tips too.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Cote D’Azur and with our help make the most of your stay, planning your travel itinerary to include major attractions. Unfortunately we can’t warn you of unforeseen delays, but if you follow our direction hopefully you will spend less time in the airport and more time on the beach.
Nice Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, 37th in the rankings with annual passengers of just over 11.6 million, making it the 3rd largest in France and the main airport in the South of France. The majority of visitors are holiday travellers enjoying the 70 kilometres of coastline on the French Riviera. It is popular mainly with Dutch, British and German tourists, with Benidorm and Alicante being the major resorts of Nice, Marseille, St Tropez and Cannes drawing most visitors, but many others are becoming increasingly popular.
The ancient city of Marseille is a draw for those with cultural interests and other nearby cities such as Nimes and Montpellier are also on people’s itinerary. Watersports enthusiasts gather at the Calanques national park where its crystal blue waters can be enjoyed by boat, swimming and many more ways. To the East of Nice are La Ciotat and St Raphaël, Hyères and Fréjus which attract families and many French visitors who want a quitter resort away from Cannes and St Tropez. Inland from Nice visitors head for beautiful villages like Grimaud and La Garde Freinet. Further afield to Provence where lavender fields, rolling hills and beautiful villages with ancient castles make for a relaxing holiday. St-Tropez is the current star of the Riviera and shouldn’t be missed but quitter resorts with exquisite beaches will afford a less-crowded visit to the sands, places like La Croix Valmer. Another major visitor attraction is the city-state of Monaco and Monte Carlo with Nice being it’s closest airport.
All of the major resort destinations are just a short drive away in your hire car from Nice airport:
|Resort||Distance from Nice Airport||Time by Car from Nice Airport|
|Îles d’Hyères||162km||2h25mins (including ferry crossing)|
|La Garde Freinet||108km||1h10mins|
|Frejus / Saint Raphael||59km||40mins|
|Monaco - Monte Carlo||30km||35mins|
The airport was opened in 1944 to passengers with numbers peaking at 1 million in 1964. In 1987 a brand new terminal building was built at Nice Airport extending its capacity to potentially 13 million passengers annually and adding modern facilities and infrastructure.
There are currently two terminals at Nice Airport, Terminal 1 is the older and smaller terminal with 25 gates and is for domestic flights. Terminal 2 has 29 gates and is the home to both international and domestic flights.
Airlines operating out of Nice Cote D’Azur Airport include Air France, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Delta, EasyJet, Emirates, Hop!, Jet2, Jetairfly, KLM, Lufthansa, Monarch, Ryanair, and Vueling.
The Airport is located just 6 miles from Nice town centre, a 15 minute taxi ride. It is easily accessible on the M6098 coastal road or inland Voie Pierre Mathis road by bus, car and private transfer. The Airport has a train station, Nice Saint-Augustin Station just a 10 minute walk from the terminal building. From here you can be in Nice within 10 minutes, or Cannes in 35 minutes.
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