Capital of the French Riviera, Nice is the fifth largest city in France. Due to its location on the south coast, it is a haven for sun worshippers. It attracts a lot of the country’s elite, as well as others from across the globe.
France’s beautiful people swarm around the city, and particularly the beaches, every year. Its situation on the Bay of Angels (Baie de Anges) makes it the perfect destination for some relaxing. Even though the area does attract a select amount of French holidaymakers, it doesn’t stop backpackers enjoying the city also.
Along with its style and charm, Nice is also steeped in history and is one of France’s oldest cities. Accounts say its name dates back as far as 350BC. Since its first visitors, the city has grown to be a very multi-racial city over the years, with foreigners arriving from all destinations.
By air: Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur serves both domestic and international flights.
By train: Trains leaving far off destinations such as Paris as well as those which are closer such as Cannes arrive at Gare Nice-Ville. The other train station in Nice is Gare du Sud where smaller trains arrive.
By ferry: If you are traveling to Nice from Corsica you can get one of the regular ferries which sail from the island.
From the airport, you can easily get the bus (#98) to the center of Nice and it stops along the Promenade Anglaise (along the sea front) at 2-3 different locations.
From the center or Nice, you can get the #4 bus to the train station.
A new concept has arrived in Nice, which is a personal powered taxi. This type of “taxi” does not pollute the environment and they look like covered bicycles. You can reserve one by calling Cyclopolitain
at 0826 10 00 03.
When in France you can exchange foreign cash in any branch of any bank. They open from 9.00am until 12.00pm and again from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday but many major branches also open their exchange facilities from 9.00 am until 12.00 pm on Saturdays. Banks generally offer the best rates so try to exchange your cash in the bigger banks where the least commission is charged.