Facilities and Support for People with Disabilities on the Côte d'Azur

Further resources for people with disabilities, reduced mobility or special learning needs on the French Riviera and Monaco...

Locally relevant information for people with disabilities living in the region is available from the Departmental Disabled Persons Office (Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées, MDPH).

For visitors to the region, local tourism offices may have information on accessible facilities for the disabled.

The Alpes-Maritimes MDPH office is located in Nice.

  • MDPH
    At: Nice Leader, Bâtiment Ariane, 27 boulevard Paul Montel, 06200 Nice
    Tel: 08 05 56 05 80
    Opening hours

Local associations for the disabled and mobility reduced

The Association des Paralysés de French Riviera provides information for paralysed people in French Riviera. It has special divisions for youth and for parents of children who are in wheelchairs and also provides an online forum for discussion.

Sports

Handisport Côte d'Azur provides information on the different sports clubs in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var.

The Comite Departemental HandiSport for the Alpes-Maritimes region website provides information on various disabled sporting associations in the area.

Wheelchair accessible beaches

Handiplage: Several beaches of the Côte d'Azur and Monaco cater specifically for wheelchair bound people or those with reduced mobility. They are usually well signposted "Handiplage". There are beaches in St-Laurent du Var, Cagnes sur Mer, Antibes, Nice, Cannes, Cap d'Ail and Monaco.

Disabled Transportation and Travel

Ulysse

Ulysse Transport provides transport service catering specifically to helping those with mobility problems. It also caters to transporting the elderly and infirm, the polyhandicapped, the blind, and disabled children to and from school.

  • Ulysse Transport - Nice
    At: 234 route de Grenoble, 06200 Nice
    Tel: 04 93 71 07 00 
    Fax: 04 93 71 14 74
    email

  • Ulysse Transport - Cannes/Antibes
    At: 11-13 chemin d'industrie, 06110 Le Cannet
    Tel: 06 26 59 81 09
    email

  • Ulysse Transport - Var (East)/Frejus
    At: 16 Park d'activite de la Bouverie, 83520 Roquebrune sur Argens
    Tel: 06 61 91 36 36
    Fax: 04 93 72 82 69
    email

  • Contact details to other regional offices

Nice International Airport

The following special facilities are available at Nice Airport for people with reduced mobility: reserved parking, lounge, wheelchairs, toilets with special access, access ramp, escalators, lift, specially equipped minibus and car.

Saphir is Air French Riviera's service for the disabled. Operators, who are based in Nice, can provide information and reservations for the disabled.

  • Saphir
    Tel: 09 69 36 72 77
    Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-19:00, Saturday, Sunday and French public holidays 09:00-18:00 
    email

  • Information for disabled travellers about travelling to and from Nice International Airport

Adapted airport shuttle service

Vehicles adapted with ramps are available for transport to and from Nice International Airport from the following organisations.

Boats and ferries

The SNCM ferry-boat service between Nice and Corsica provides facilities for disabled passengers. The ferries have lifts and travellators to facilitate access for wheelchairs.