Getting to and from Nice Airport on public transport can be a challenging experience, especially at night. Fortunately, the new Nice tramline should be up and running by late 2018 but that’s of little use to those travelling further afield.
The options are bus, train or taxi, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Express buses run from the airport on a regular timetable, but the last bus has often departed before the last plane has landed, and there are no buses available if you’re catching a really early flight.
Bus 98 runs every 15 to 20 minutes to central Nice near the old town, taking approximately 35 minutes. The first bus leaving Nice for the airport is at 5:00 and the last at 21:00. The last bus departing from the airport is at 23:45 from T2 and 23:50 from T1.
Bus 99 goes to Nice SNCF station every 30 minutes and takes approximately 15 minutes. The first bus to leave Nice is at 8:00, the last at 21:00. The first bus departs from Terminal 2 at 7:53 (Terminal 1 at 8:00). The last bus leaves Terminal 2 at 20:53 and Terminal 1 at 21:00.
Tickets are €6 and allow access to other connecting buses on the Lignes d’Azur routes.
The Cannes Express, bus 210, departs from both terminals with the last one at 20:00. The last to leave Cannes is at 19:00, arriving at Terminal 1 at 19:50. A one-way ticket costs €22. You can buy your ticket online on the Airport Xpress website, or at the ticket office outside the terminals. Note that you buy the ticket on the bus when you’re taking the bus from Cannes.
Bus 110 runs between the airport and Monaco and Menton with the last departure from Terminal 1 at 22:00 (except at weekends and on public holidays), arriving in Menton at 23:00.
There is also a bus 250, connecting the airport to Villeneuve-Loubet, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Vallauris, with the last departing from the airport at 20:20.
Another option for passengers wanting to make their way direction Cannes is the 200 bus.The last one leaves at 22:00 from the end of the Promenade des Anglais, on the main road opposite the airport. To get to it you have to take the underpass by the parking lot at terminal 1 to reach the main road opposite the airport – it takes about 5 minutes to reach the bus stop. The ticket costs only €1.50, but note that this is not the fastest option as it stops at every town along the coast between Nice and Cannes.
The nearest station to Nice Airport is Nice Saint-Augustin on avenue Edouard Grinda, opposite the airport, about 15 minutes walk from Terminal 1. Trains run to all towns along the coast. Due to works along the lines, the last train at the moment is around 21.30, but check on the SNCF app or website before making your way to the station as the times vary greatly.
Taxis ranks can be found at Arrivals A1 at Terminal 1 and Arrivals A3 at Terminal 2. Daytime fares are around €60 to Antibes, €80 to Cannes, €35-45 to Nice and €80-90 to Monaco. Prices at night can be considerable higher per fare. If you know you are arriving after the last trains and buses leave, it may be a good idea to book an airport transfer beforehand at a fixed price. If you need to find a company, see our Directory for Airport Transfers.
If you’re travelling alone to Monaco, then it may be worth booking a helicopter for less than €115. There’s not much difference with the price of a taxi and it takes only 7 minutes, in addition a shuttle service to your hotel is included in the price. Book online with Heli Air Monaco.