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Practical info Nice, France

Getting around the city

Nice city centre is small enough to get around on foot. Buses and trams are the main form of public transport and cover most of the city until midnight. 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 230 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the 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. Mobile phones can be used in France, but be sure to check roaming costs before travelling. It is often cheaper to get a local sim card from providers such as Orange or Bouygues. Free wifi is available in most hotels, cafes, restaurants and similar establishments.

Emergency number

112 (General)

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Public holidays

Climate

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 both terminals 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 Europcar, Hertz and Budget.

Airport taxi's

Metered taxis are available outside both terminals. Fares into Nice cost more at night than during the day.

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 health services, VIP lounges, prayer rooms, meeting points, and a business centre with meeting rooms and internet facilities. Disabled facilities are good; passengers with special needs should contact their airline in advance. Luggage-wrapping services and porters are available, as well as left-luggage facilities.

Parking

There is short and long-term parking 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. Pay-as-you-go internet terminals are also provided.