About Nice

Nice- Old Town: The architecture of Nice is astonishing with the wild exaggerations of the Belle Epoque style or the Baroque influenced houses and mansions on the hills of Mont Boron. Fabulous creations don the floral gardens and parks of the hills of the Chateau, the Chambrun park or the Espace Massena. 

Nice- Palais de Justice Square: The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ocher colored streets listening to the "Nicois"speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking, One musn't miss the onion, anchovy and olive tarts called Pissaladieres, the vegetable and tuna sandwiches known as Pan Bagnat, the Salade Nicoise or the famous Ratatouille (tomatoes eggplant and zucchini squash stew). The main cooking ingredient is olive oil of course, and many of the dishes are garnished with the succulent little black Nice olives called Caillette.

CimiezArenas: Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France. The city comes alive at night as well as in the day especially with the Nice Jazz Festival Cimiez, and the flower"war" on the Promenade des en on the Cote d'Azur (FrenchRiviera). 

Each day on the Cours Saleya there is the great flower market where one can also find fruit and vegetables in the mornings. In short, its a  dynamic destination where mode

Public Transport System

A reliable and efficient public transport service is available in Nice Airport Express: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is a French International airport situated 6 km southwest of Nice. The third busiest in France. Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as a city-state’s airport.Airport shuttle: The Nice Airport Express Bus costs 6,00€ and you can buy the ticket either from the driver directly on the bus or at the bus desk at the airport.  The ticket is valid for 75 minutes.

Bus No 98: Use the line Promenade des Arts/Lycée Masséna if your destination is one of the beach hotels or Old Nice.10:00 p.m.a bus every twenty minutes and then two last buses at 10:50 p.m. and 11:50 .p.m.  In case you need to go to the airport from the city centre, here is the schedule 

Bus no. 99: You will reach the main Train station. It leaves every 30 minutes. Check out the timetable before your departure. 

Lignes d'Azur Bus services: The popular public bus system of Nice ("Lignes d'Azur") connects most parts of the city, and a single bus fare will get you quickly around Nice as also the outskirts. Tickets are sold at Lignes d'Azur offices within the city center or pay the driver on boarding. You can pre-purchase tickets for a single trip - currently a flat rate per trip, a 10-trip multi-pass , a singe day pass or a seven day pass. 

Local buses start at around 06.00 am but be warned many of them terminate as early as 19.00 pm, and routes to the outer lying areas of Nice may run only three or four trips a day, some only during school term, and some not at all on Sundays. One of the buses is Route 23, which connects central Nice with the Airport.

The tramOne single tram route runs across the city and is useful in connecting the main train station and the outskirts of the old town. Both bus and tram are the same at 50 euro. You need to have a ticket prior to boarding the tram (you can't pay on boarding like on buses) and ticket inspections are not uncommon. Tickets can be procured from ticket machines at tramstops. 

The "Noctambus" -routes N1-4 night bus - starts in Nice at 21.00 and finishes around 02.00 - one an hour, and serve the outer-lying areas of Nice with an infrequent "one an hour" type service.

There are long-distance bus services - the Lignes Express Regional (LER) offer excellent value for fast connections. Phoceen Cars run three or four trips a day , for which booking is essential.TrainsTrains (TER) connect all the neighboring towns along the coast from Ventimiglia across the Italian border some inland destinations.

Train strikes are to be seen pretty often Punctuality is not very evident. It is advisable to allow plenty of time before travel as long queues are to be seen often. It is often preferrable to choose train rather than the cheaper and slower bus alternative when travelling west. If u wish to travel east the bus is the best. 

TaxisTaxicabs are also available in Nice. Quite scruplous in their services. The main taxi locations are the Esplanade Masséna, Promenade des Anglais, Place Garibaldi, Rue Hôtel-des-Postes, Gare SNCF and the Acropolis. The Central Taxi Riviera service offers service seven days a weekwith a 24 hour switchboard. 

There is a night rate from 7 pm until 7 am. Fortunately for travelers there is a fixed schedule of charges between the town and the airport, around thirty euro or more, according to time of day, and taxi drivers are generally honest, if expensive. Some people prefer the convenience of a pre-booked airport transfer service, which offer a driver who will await you at the arrivals lounge gate with your name on a placard. Feet generally offering the best value form of transport around, feet can get you easily around most of the attractions of Nice, which are all mostly within walking distance of the city center.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Traffic congestion and late-running of trams are not unusual. The service is also plagued by infrequent strikes. Best to go much ahead of time to avoid disappointments and queues. However public transport isneat and clean.

Mode & Cost of Transports

    
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)                             1.50 €    
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)                                 30.00 €              
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)                                           4.15 €    
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)                                            1.72 €    
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)                           25.00 €    
Gasoline (1 liter)                                                        1.36 €    
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline             20,000.00 €
(Or Equivalent New Car)    
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort                    21,000.00 €
 (Or Equivalent New Car)    

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.65
Cup of Coffee USD 2.79
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.13
Rice/Kg USD 1.61
White Bread USD 1.20
Eggs (12) USD 2.84
Combo Meal USD 9.31
Fine Dining USD 55.26
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.33
Domestic Beer USD 5.82
Imported Beer USD 4.36
Bottle of Wine USD 5.82
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 8.14
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 2.33
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.75
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 892.33

When in France, do as the French people would you love to do. It is important to follow the customs and etiquette so that you have workable rapport with local people. The French are very particular about social behavior. Here are some tips for you :

Dos:

  • The first and foremost thing to do will be to learn the basics of french language like “Bonjour” (hello), “Au revoir” (goodbye), "Excusez-moi" (excuse me) English should be used only when going is quite tough.  This will make you more comfortable 
  • Try to greet everyone when you meet a group of people and do the same thing while leaving
  • During your trip. you will come across lot of unknown people and to avoid unpleasant stare and snappy responses,  Do use ‘vous’. Tou will often hear two people seamlessly switching from ‘vous’ to ‘tu’ mid-conversation once are more acquainted with each other.
  • In France you have to pay a nominal fee to use washroom in public places such as departmental stores, train stations. So don’t use washroom in such places without paying the fee 
  • If you are using metro (subway), validate your ticket before boarding the train. Validating machines are located at the entrance of the platform.
  • Hang on to you ticket until you leave the station. There is a regular checking by police and if found without ticket could be fined heavily
  • Dress appropriately as shorts, flip-flops and running shoes are not liked.They can be used at beaches.Pajamas are off-limits as well. Unlike other European countries, in France you will be noticed if you pop down to the store in your pajamas. French people are a little conservative. Wearing jeans is acceptable 
  • Keep both you hands on the table while sitting in a restaurant or bar or eatery but your elbow should be hidden. Keeping hand on the lap is not liked in Nice. French people are irked at this behavior. It will be advisable to keep in mind a “Prix Fixe” menu. It could include a starter, main course and dessert as you wish. 
  • Greet everyone individually when you see friends together. 
  • Always remain discreet. Shake hands with acquaintances. Practice your poker face and subtle shoulder shrug. You can share your joys or frustrations, but don’t show in public till you are at ease with people

Dont’s: 

  • Never kiss non-acquaintance or throw "air kiss while greeting the person.  Its better to shake hands with non/acquaintances 
  • Always  slurping noises. It’s  bad manners to lap up with enthusiastic noises 
  • Don’t be awkward id you feel a bit strange. if you are used to polite handshakes or awkward pats on the back, avoid it in France 
  • Do not take out coffee and drink it while walking down the street. Its better to drink it at a cafe, at a bar or sitting at a table 
  • Don’t touch anything at an outdoor market. Just tell the seller what you want 
  • Never, rush your meal as French enjoy their time to relax over a cup of coffee or meal 
  • Avoiding shopping between 12:00 p.m.and 14:00 p.m. as this is time most shops are closed  for lunch  
  • Do not  tip in France as the 15% service charge is included in the bill most of the time. 
  • It is rare to find drinks with ice in France. So don’t ask for ice.

Night Life

Nice one of France’s largest cities and most popular tourist destinations, The city welcomes the guests with open arms. Night life in Nice is full of activities. There are as many as 43 Bars and Clubs where you can enjoy. Besides, 7 Dance Clubs and Discos with 6 Gay Clubs and Bars, 3 Wine Bars, 2 Comedy Clubs, 2 Jazz Clubs and bars, 3 Club and Pub Tours, 2 Karaoke Bars, one Coffee Shop and one Piano Bar.

The evening-tide HQ,in Old Town (Vieux Nice) will, undoubtedly keep you busy and relaxed. Here you sip and slip in amidst the wood, sweat and beers of an English music pub. Most suitable will be to book a table on the Promenade des Anglais and enjoy the night in quieter surroundings.

For a more animated night go to the 3 Diablos, a very popular  nightclub down by the Promenade des Anglais. It offers wild theme nights, live music that will make you young at heart. High Club is another good option, as it is considered the premier nightclub in Nice. Its a  club with a line-up of big name DJs- the clientele. Ghost is another club quite  popular with the locals. If you look for the gay club, then  Le Six and Le Klub are the obvious choices. Le Six has a mix of cabaret and theme shows, while Le Klub has an underground vibe. Both are not gay-exclusive, and both provide good fun. 

There are a number of wine bars in Nice. To sip in the  Riviera glamour, have a drink at Bar du Relais in the iconic Hotel Negresco. You can also head to Casino Barrière for a night of blackjack and cabaret. If you love  live music in sophisticated French setting, then  Jam Bar, a classy little cocktail and wine bar playing live music will be the obvious choice. Here jazz, funk and classical live acts are on the menu, as well as comedy, literary and philosophy nights. You will be in for an inviting time at the Les Smarties, an elegant cocktail bar playing electro sounds in seventies ambiance. And if you don't Visit the Le Havane, you would, definitely, miss the the fun of night with a Cuban feel. Here you can enjoy the Latino jazz and salsa among the Cuban tropical. 

Must See

Nice is a perfect starting point to explore the dazzling Côte d'Azur coastline. 

The charm and beauty of  this city is best seen in the 19th-century mansions on its promenades and boulevards, from the city’s Italianate old quarter and the rugged natural terrain to countless wondrous vantage points. 

From seaside walks to vintage monuments of Promenade des Anglais, Vieille Ville, Parc de la Colline du Château, Musée Marc Chagall, Nice Cathedral, Cours Saleya Market, mesh of alleys with local shops and restaurants in old town , glaciers, crêperies and cafes, here you will have everything to delight yourself. 

The Vieille Ville, popularly known as "Babazouk," bounded by spacious boulevards, including the Jardin Albert I, Place Masséna, and Promenade du Paillon is a must see site.

The famous Flower Market is a traditional Provençal event that enliven  the street every morning (except Mondays) with colorful blossoms. You can look back over Nice and the azure sea in the Baie des Anges. it’s a sight you’ll want to stay put.  

Then there is Promenade des Anglais extending into seven kilometres stretch is a best place to relax on the benches and find shade beneath pergolas and palm trees. 

Never to miss is the  Parc de la Colline du Château: At the top of this steep hill on the east side of the city you’ll be presented with some of the French Riviera’s great panoramas. 

You can look back over Nice and the azure sea in the Baie des Anges, and it’s a sight you’ll want to stay put.

 If fit enough go to the the top on foot from the Vieille Ville, but there’s also a free elevator, which is best in the summer." There are many more attractive destinations in Nice to see. 

Best places recommnded to visit in Nice are : Promenade des Anglais, Vieille Ville, Parc de la Colline du Château, Musée Marc Chagall, Nice Cathedral, Cours Saleya Market, Musée Masséna; Salade Niçoise, Parc Phœnix, Monastère de Cimiez.  

Experiences

Visitors to French Riviera or  the Cote d’Azur will find beautiful beaches, pleasant weather and plenty of glitz and glamor.Best  things to do in the French Rivera will be to enjoy its beauty.see historical sites and  witness famous events, like the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Here are few tips: 

Visit  To Iles d’Hyeres , the three beautiful and mostly wild islands located off of the French Rivera. Also known as the Iles d’Or or the Golden Isles, these three islands include Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Levant. Port-Cros is a national park. Levant is home to a military base and a nudist colony. Visitors need to take a ferry in order to reach the Iles d’Hyeres andgo birding, hiking, biking or scuba diving.

Eze: See the  fortified medieval village Èze is recommended. Overlooking  beautiful Mediterranean Sea.Eze is a charming and very photogenic town. Here visitors can see famous perfumeries, a 12th-century fortified castle or Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze, a garden filled with exotic plants and statues offering best views of the surrounding area.

Aother attractive site is the Corniche d’Or or Golden Coast,  approximately 20-mile-long section of N98 stretching from Frejus to La Napoule through the French Riviera. A jouney on  thrilling road with a number of hairpin turns alomg scenic route  offers breathtaking views of the rocky coastline.
Cannes: Never miss to visit  world famous the glamorous seaside city mot famous for hosting  the annual Cannes Film Festival. Every May when Cannes hosts the film festival and its best to time to see the  the celebrities walk the red carpet up the steps of the Palais des Festivals.

The picturesque seaside resort town of Antibes should also be on your itinerary. It is the second largest town in the French Riviera,The town lies between Nice and Cannes. Here visitors  will  find lots of evidence of its olden days, narrow cobbled streets and ramparts. . This town also has  one of the Mediterranean’s finest harbors. 

St. Topez: The charm and attractions of St. Tropez's  beaches and resorts can't be resisted. These beaches have attracted celebrities and the wealthy from around the world since fifties. It is located very close to Nice as well Cannes and Nice. St. Tropez  charms the visitors with its discreet beach clubs. Its harbor is filled with stunning yachts. Here you van also visit one of its world-famous beaches — the most well-known being Pampelonne.St. Tropez  that has a lively nightlife scene.

Monaco: Your trip to French Riviera will be incomplete without a visit to  Monaco. This tiny country bordering France  occupies a prime stretch of  French Riviera itinerary. Manaco is known for its gambling business. Here visitors will find money-draining casinos and high-priced hotels. Casino Monte Carlo is one of Monaco’s biggest attraction. 
 

Activities

Marsatis Sightseeing & Transfers in Nice
Safari
30 Avenue de Fabron, 06200 Nice, France. 3.9km from city center Marsatis provides sightseeing tours on the French Riviera. All tours are private and door-to-door tours.
Distance From City Center
3.9km from city center
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Casino
13 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000. Distance: 1,3 km from city center
Distance From City Center
1,3 km from city center
Casino Barrière
Casino
1 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, just one km from city center , 850 meter via Rue Longchamp
Distance From City Center
850 meter via Rue Longchamp

Shopping

at Centre commercial Nice Lingostière
Shopping Malls
606 Bd du Mercantour, 06200 Nice
Distance From City Center
19.4 Km from city center and takes about 25 mintues
TNL
Shopping Malls
15 Bd Général Louis Delfino, 06300 Nice
Distance From City Center
4.0 km via Voie Pierre Mathis
Etoile
Shopping Malls
30 Avenue Jean Médecin, 06000 Nice
Distance From City Center
Located in the heart of the city. centre and within 2 km distance or just 2 minu
  • Nice is best known for its famous “olives de Nice Olive oil. In fact, olive oil is the symbol of the Mediterranean Coast. So never miss to gift famous “olives de Nice” to your friends and relatives. 
  • The city is also popular for lavender bags. Its best chance to perfume your wardrobes with lavender bags. 
  • You can also look for Herbes de Provence, Bellet wine, Ceramics, Household linen in the Provencal colours and Herbin jams.

Official Language

French

Other Language

German English, Caltic

Spoken Language

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Currency

Euro (EUR)

Population

0.34 (Millions)

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Weather

Few Clouds 18.74°C

TimeZone

16:17 PM (GMT +02:00)

 

Ambulance

15

 

Police

17

 

Electric socket

Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Type E ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Côte d'Azur - NCE

Airport Name / IATA Code

Monte Carlo - XMM

Best time to visit

September, October, March, April, May, June, July

This is the time when visitors can look for low room rates. As the peak season from May To July is crowded, lean shoulder season could be the best period to visit.

Moderate time to visit

June, July

Its warm in Nice with an average daily high temperature hovering around 76° F. 


Worst time to visit

August, November, December, January, February, March

It is the hottest month in Nice. Early August is the warmest time of year when temperature regularly hovers around 81.6° F (27.6° C), rarely dropping below 72° F (22.2° C) at night.and humidity is high . Sometime its muggy.

November to March is the coldest season, with average daily high temperature hovering below 60°F. January is the coldest month of the year with an average low of 41° F and high of 54° F. 

Taxi

Start Tariff: EUR 7.00

1 Km. Tariff: EUR 1.75

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: EUR 10.00

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