Eco Tourism - How to get to Nice?

Published: 12/10/2018 12:12:22
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You are about to go on holiday in Nice, enjoy the sea and probably soak up a solar boat tour. Are you sure which mode of transportation is best for you? We made for you a comparison about the journey lead-times to Nice from 9 major cities in France, by train, plane, bus and car.

How to get to Nice?
How to get to Nice?

Go to Nice by train

Taking the train is not necessarily your best option to get to Nice, especially if you live in the north of France. Indeed, as the table below highlights, you will often have to count long hours of travel. In addition, train journeys are usually more expensive than other means of transportation, especially if you do not book your ticket several weeks in advance.

If on the other hand you live in the south of France, as in Marseille, the train is a great option to get to Nice at an affordable cost.

Be careful, about the chosen train. For the OUIGO trains, the cost of the ticket is of often significantly cheaper (about half as much as a conventional ticket).

   

From…

Duration

Connections

Bordeaux

09 :04

1 (via Marseille)

Lille

07 :05

1 (via Paris)

Lyon

04 :35

Direct

Marseille

02 :40

Direct

Mulhouse

07 :45

1 (via Dijon)

Nantes

09 :00 à 10 :00

1 (via Paris)

Paris

05 :57

Direct

Rennes

08 :31

1 (via Paris)

Toulouse

07 :20

1 (via Marseille)

 

Go to Nice by plane 

Flying to Nice is the best option for travelers departing from northern France and those who want to spend the least amount of time in transport. It is also one of your most economical options, provided you have booked your ticket in advance. By carefully choosing your airline and opting for flexible dates, you can find great deals.

As shown in the comparative table below, Marseille is again an exception. Indeed, you will not find a direct flight to Nice and you will have to go through Paris, Lyon or even Brussels. It is certainly better to opt for the car, the train or the bus. You will save time and probably money.

 

From…

Duration

Connections

Bordeaux

01 :20

Vol direct

Lille

01 :40

Vol direct

Lyon

01 :00

Vol direct

Marseille

02 :00 à 03 :40

1 (via Lyon, Paris)

Mulhouse

01 :15

Vol direct

Nantes

01 :30

Vol direct

Paris

01 :30

Vol direct

Rennes

01 :30

Vol direct

Toulouse

01 :05

Vol direct

 

Finally, note that to avoid unexpected expenses, if you go to the airport by car, it is better to make a reservation in advance. Indeed, if you are looking for a Nantes airport parking space for example, an airport where demand is strong throughout the year, you could have bad surprises. Not only does the price of parking tend to increase as the availability becomes lower, but the cheapest car parks are always the first full. Go through a comparison platform like Parkivé to check availabilities on your dates.

Once at Nice airport, access to the city center is very easy, because you are already at the end of the famous Promenade des Anglais. There will even be a direct tram in 2019!

Go to Nice by bus 

The bus is almost always the most economical mode of transportation (when available) to get to Nice. You can find tickets for less than 10 € each way by booking several weeks in advance or taking advantage of a special offer. However, the bus is also the transportation mode that takes the most time. Unless you live in Marseille, you will need patience.

Attention, as for the train, pay attention to the station of destination of your bus. Most of the connections provided by OUIBUS take you to the airport and you will have to organize your trip to the city center afterwards.

From…

Duration

Connections

Bordeaux

13 :30

Direct

Lille

--

Pas de liaison directe

Lyon

07 :30

Direct

Marseille

02 :45

Direct

Mulhouse

13 :45

Direct

Nantes

--

Pas de liaison directe

Paris

14 :30

Direct

Rennes

--

Pas de liaison directe

Toulouse

09 :30

Direct

 

Go to Nice by car 

Taking the car to Nice is a good idea if you think you need your car once there. The trips are slightly faster than taking the bus, at a cost that can be advantageous in comparison if you travel to several. If you hesitate between the train and the bus, do not hesitate to run a simulation of the cost of your journey by informing your model of vehicle, because at the price of the tolls, are added the expenses of gasoline. 

From…

Duration

Way

Toll

Bordeaux

07 :59

A62/A8

66.50 €

Lille

10 :44

A7/A8

101.10 €

Lyon

04 :37

A7

42.30 €

Marseille

02 :21

A8

14.90 €

Mulhouse

07 :14

A3/A10

37.10 €

Nantes

11 :10

A62/A8

92.30 €

Paris

08 :59

A6

77.10 €

Rennes

11 :34

A71/A7

93.40 €

Toulouse

05 :48

E80/A8

46.10 €

 

Choose the responsible mode of transportation

You have chosen your ideal mode of transportation? Here is a quick reminder of the ranking of modes of transport in relation to their environmental impact:

  1. Train (the most virtuous)
  2. Bus
  3. Plane
  4. Car (the least virtuous)

You are an accomplished eco-tourism, we just have to wish you an excellent trip and can be an excellent solar boat ride.

Promenade en bateau dans le port de Nice
Solar Boat tour in Nice harbor
Courtesy CCI Nice Côte d'Azur & 360 Médias - November 2018

DISCOVER A BOAT TRIP FROM NICE

 

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