Nice - A symbol of the mediterranean art of living
A seaside location, exceptional sunshine, easy access, suitable meeting infrastructures, and the Côte d’Azur picturesque landscapes.
As soon as you arrive, you will enjoy the exotic charm of the celebrated, palm tree-lined « Promenade des Anglais ». During your free time, discover a different atmosphere, a young and dynamic city, offering a mix of «French and Italian charm». Wander around the streets of the old city and be fascinated by the elegant Gothic or Italian Renaissance style while breathing the exotic flavours of the stunning gardens and the gorgeous flower market.
Nice is also turned towards modernity, ecology and a sustainable economy: a new tramway, high-tech companies, innovation and green programmes.
The city is the ideal starting point to explore the French Riviera and the stunning hilltop villages that dot the surrounding countryside. For the athletic-minded, the area offers a wide range of sporting activities: water sports, scuba diving, golf, hiking trails and more.
Nice is a premier cultural centre! City life moves to the rhythm of its abundant cultural events and numerous theatres and museums.
- How to arrive to Nice
- Time zone
- Health and Medical Services
Arrival by air
The Nice Airport is an international gateway just 10 minutes from the city centre. It is France's largest after Paris, with 14,5 million passengers a year, over 120 direct destinations and 60 regular airlines flying to 43 countries. Nice has daily links with the main cities in Europe, North Africa, Middle East and the American continent. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport has two terminals.
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Arrival by train
The SNCF (National Railway Company) provides regular connections from abroad and daily connections with the largest cities in France.
The TGV (high-speed train) connects Paris and Nice in 5 1/2 hours.
Direct daily connections.
Arrival by boat
Located in the heart of the city, the Port of Nice comprises a 10ha harbour, 7ha of docks and a dozen wharfs, six for commercial activity. It is just 7km from the Nice-Côte d'Azur International Airport and just a few minutes on foot from the city's main points of interest (Old Nice, Place Massena, shopping areas, Acropolis Convention Centre).
Arrival by road
Nice is connected to all the great European cities by a major motorway network. In particular, the A8 motorway, 'La Provençale', running from Aix-en-Provence to the West to the Italian border on the East.
To reach the city centre:
The motorway provides direct access to the neighbourhood of your choice, with 5 exits:
- exit n° 50: Promenade des Anglais
- exit n° 51: Saint-Augustin
- exit n° 52: Saint-Isidore
- exit n° 54: Nice-Nord
- exit n° 55: Nice-Est
Entry Regulations and Visa application
Depending on your nationality, a visa is required when intending to travel to France. All visas must be applied for prior to departure at the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.
You will need to apply for a short-stay visa for stays equal to, or shorter than 90 days
For European territory (mainland France), France complies with Schengen regulations related to the Schengen area, and issues a short-stay Uniform Schengen visa.
Nice is on Central Europe Time zone: GMT + 1 hour.
Daylight saving time starts on 29 March 2020 and ends on 25 October 2020
The official national currency is the Euro (EUR).
France’s healthcare system provides some of the best public health care in the world. Visitors are strongly advised to make sure they have health insurance cover before travelling to France. If you receive treatment at a hospital as an in-patient, the cost of the stay and associated treatment will be billed as an emergency abroad and can be extremely expensive.
French is the official language of France. English is widely spoken within the tourism industry.
With a gentle climate all year round, Nice enjoys an exceptional microclimate which is part of what the city is well-known for. The city looks over the Mediterranean, but is protected from the wind by the backdrop of hills. Average temperature end of September/beginning of October: Max 22° – Min. 17°. Average days of rain: 4 days.
In France the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Adaptors can be bought from all good travel stores and department stores.