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Nice

Colorful harbor in Nice

Practical Info about Nice

Getting around the city

Nice city centre is small enough to get around on foot. Buses are the main form of public transport and cover most of the city until midnight. The Sunbus is a popular tourist service, running daily to popular tourist destinations within Nice; tickets can be purchased from a local café or tabac. Taxis are not a popular means of transport, as they are known to overcharge tourists and are difficult to flag down. The central train station takes commuters to other towns along the Riviera such as Antibes, Cannes, Monaco and more.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.

Communication

The international access code for France is +33. Most public telephones accept phone cards, which are available in newsagents. Most hotels add a surcharge to calls, which can be very expensive; the cheapest way to call abroad is often with a phone card from a public telephone or at a post office. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available in towns throughout France.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
WWII Victory Day 8 May 8 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Bastille Day 14 Jul 14 Jul
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Armistice Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day (Alsace) 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Nice has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. During the hottest summer months, particularly in August, temperatures often reach excesses of 86°F (30°C), while maximum temperatures in winter are usually between 50-59°F (10-15°C). August is the hottest month and January is the coldest. Rainfall is moderate and mostly occurs during winter; October is usually the wettest month. Snowfall is extremely rare. Nice is sheltered from the wind by the hills around the city so only the occasional mistral wind causes a stir. Summer is peak tourist season in Nice and this is the best time of year to visit if you are going to enjoy the beaches. However, the spring months of April and May can be lovely and it is far less crowded. You will get plenty of sun but the water will be too cold for swimming, making spring the ideal time to go if you want a sightseeing holiday. Autumn can be rainy but the weather is mild and this can also be a pleasant time to visit Nice.

Nice Cote dAzur Airport

www.nice.aeroport.fr

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for hundreds of destinations between Marseilles and Genoa, and Buses 98 and 99 go into Nice every 20-30 minutes. Bus 98 goes from Terminal 1 into central Nice, while Bus 99 goes to the railway station from both terminals. TER and SNCF trains go to Cannes and most other main towns and cities from Nice, and the stations are within a mile of the airport.

Car rental

All major car rental companies are represented in the arrivals area, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, National and Libertans.

Airport taxi's

Metered taxis are available outside both terminals, and the average fare into Nice is €22-30 during the day and €27-32 at night.

Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle bus connects the two terminals every 5-10 minutes between 4:30am and 12:30am; but they are within easy walking distance at other times.

Facilities

There are a number of restaurants, bars and shops, banks and foreign exchange facilities in both terminals. Other facilities include a post office, first aid station, VIP lounges, prayer rooms, meeting points, and a business centre with meeting rooms, fax, photocopier and internet facilities. Luggage-wrapping services (€8) and porters (€3 per bag) are available, as well as left-luggage facilities (€5 per day).

Parking

There are plenty of short and long-term parking is available at both terminals. P9 is the most economical, but P2 and P3 are closer to the terminals and charge about double. Extra-security parking is available in lots G1 and G2, and long-term parking is in lot P8, which is served by a free shuttle bus.

Internet

Wifi is free in 30-minute increments. Pay-as-you-go internet terminals are also provided.