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Transfer Options from Nice Airport to City Centre

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is located only 7.6 km from the city centre, so any transport option you decide to take shouldn’t cost you too much time. Currently, there are only four modes of transport to get you from Nice Airport to the city centre; by taxi, by private transfer or by bus.

The bus takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the city and costs just €1.50, likewise, the tram also costs €1.50 and takes 30 minutes to get to the Nice centre. Alternatively, the fastest option is a local Nice taxi which will take you around 10-15 minutes and you’ll pay a flat rate of €32.

For a seamless arrival, you can book a private transfer in advance with Welcome and treat yourself to our fully personalised transfer service, 24/7 customer support and the convenient use of our app. Our trained, English-speaking drivers will meet you at the gate, lead you to your pre-selected, air-conditioned vehicle and even give you a mini tour of Nice as you drive into the city.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Nice at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €35 12min 24/7 Book
Taxi €32 12min 24/7
Tram €3 30min 04:05–00:35
Bus €3 20min 05:30–23:55

How to get from Nice Airport to city centre by taxi

A local taxi or private transfer is the best option for those who do not wish to wait around for public transport or who are carrying lots of luggage. Local taxis in Nice have a blue “TAXI” sign on their roof and come in a variety of styles. Taxis can be found at taxi ranks outside the airport terminals, just make sure you double-check that they are operating using the fixed-fare system.

Taxi fare from Nice Airport to Nice centre

To stay on top of unreliable taxi fares, officials have set fixed prices for journeys to and from the airport, with the ride from Nice Airport to Nice costing €32 and taking 10-15 minutes depending on traffic. However, some taxis may charge more for public holidays, holy days, weekends and at night.



Trip Duration

12 Min.

*There can be up to a 10 minute wait for a taxi.

Value for Money

Taxis in Nice are available 24/7, in the city and at the airport.

Where do I get it from?

The taxi ranks at Nice Airport are located outside Terminals 1 and 2 arrivals area, at entrance A3.


Taxis are the most convenient option for those travelling in groups, with children, or if you have heavy luggage in tow – as they are quick, comfortable and reliable. There can be a long wait for public transport, as well as crowding and extra travel time, so taxis are best to eliminate any stress associated with other methods of transportation.

Editor’s Note

There is a helpful app to use within Nice to figure out how much a taxi will cost you around the city, as well as a convenient way to order one to your location - make sure to ask the locals for the details!

Useful Tips

Buses tend to very full so taking a taxi is a good option to ensure your ride, or if you are travelling outside of usual operating bus hours.
Make sure to take cash, many taxis don't have card machines and don't like to use them!
Ensure that you let the driver know that you are aware of the fixed fare.

How to get from Nice Airport to Nice centre by tram

There are two new tram lines in Nice. Tram 2 leaves from Nice Airport and takes you into Nice in about 30 minutes, taking a little longer than the public bus. It’s a relatively easy mode of transportation to use and the lack of steps to board the tram makes it a good option for those travelling with a lot of luggage.

Tram 2 runs directly from Nice Airport to the city centre and onto Port Lympia, you’ll need to get off at Jean Medecin Station in central Nice.

How much is a tram ticket from Nice Airport?

Tram fares operate in the same way as the public bus system in Nice. A single-use ticket costs just €1.50 per person and is valid for 74 minutes. You can buy your ticket from the vending machines outside the terminals or online.

You can also purchase a pack of 10 trips for €10, a 1-day pass with unlimited trips costing €5 and a 7-day pass for €15.



Trip Duration


Trams are available every 8-9 minutes Monday to Friday and every 9-11 minutes on Saturdays, with a special schedule for Sundays.

Value for Money

Trams are available between 05:24 and 00:15.

Where do I get the tram from?

Terminal 2 of the airport is the first stop and Terminal 1 is the second. If you’re landing at Terminal 1, walk to Exit A0. For Terminal 2, turn left when you come out of the baggage area and you’ll see large doors at the end of the terminal leading to the tram stop.


Taking the tram from Nice Airport to the city centre is a great budget-friendly option, however, it has the longest journey time, taking 30 minutes. However, if you’re travelling with lots of luggage and are set on using public transport, the tram’s ramps make it more accessible than the bus.

Editor’s Note

The tram system is new and a popular way to travel between Nice Airport and Nice. It's also wheelchair accessible, unlike the bus that has steps to board.

Useful Tips

A one-way trip is "aller simple" in French.
You need to validate your ticket using the machine onboard the tram.

How to get from Nice Airport to city centre by bus

Since the tram opened, there’s only one bus that takes you from Nice Airport to Nice centre – Bus Line 12. It stops at the main road in front of Terminal 1, costing €1.50 and taking around 20 minutes.

Whilst the tram is the simplest way to get from Nice Airport to city centre neighbourhoods, the bus takes a more scenic route along the waterfront and it’ll leave you close to Vieux Nice with a stop at Cathedrale – Vielle Ville.

How much is the bus from Nice Airport to city centre?

Public buses in Nice cost €1.50 per person for a single-use ticket lasting 74 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the drivers on the bus with small change, or at the ticket window of Terminal 2 which is outside the terminal before you cross the road to the bus stop.

You can also save money by purchasing a pack of 10 trips for €10, a 1-day pass with unlimited trips for 24 hours costing €5 and a 7-day pass for €15.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Bus Line 12 leaves every 11-12 minutes.

Value for Money

Buses from the airport are available between 05:30 and 23:55

Where do I get it from?

Look for the Aéroport/ Promenade stop outside Terminal 1. If your plane landed at Terminal 2, you can take the free airport shuttle to Terminal 1.


Although the airport buses are quite efficient, they can be crowded, and the tickets don’t guarantee you a place on the bus if you’ve purchased in advance. There can also be a long wait time between buses. If your transfer is time sensitive, it is best to take a taxi.

Editor’s Note

Useful Tips

If you're planning on using public transport frequently throughout your stay, you can purchase a 7 day pass for €15, valid on all urban lines.
You can keep your ticket for up to 74 minutes of travel.
Make sure you validate your ticket at the front of the bus when boarding.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Nice. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Nice Airport from the city centre?

The distance from Nice Airport to Nice centre is only 7.6 km. By car, if the traffic isn’t bad, the journey should only take just over 10 minutes.

How many transportation options are available from Nice Airport?

There are four transportation options currently operating from Nice Airport to Nice, that is by taxi, private transfer, tram or public bus.

How much will a taxi cost from Nice Airport to the city centre?

Taxis operating the Nice Airport to city route charge a fixed fare. A journey by taxi should cost €32, however, this price may be affected at night, during weekends or on public holidays.

For competitive prices, a fully personalised transfer service and the peace of mind of using a reliable, globally-recognised company, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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