Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is a public international airport that serves as the port of arrival for passengers to Côte d'Azur, located approximately 5.9 kilometers southwest of Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes départment of France. It is deemed as the third busiest airport in France that serves as a focus city for Air France, EasyJet, and HOP! With its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as the city state’s airport, linking the principality and the airport via helicopter service. It is located 7 kilometers west of the city centre.
The airport has two runways, both covered with bituminous concrete, with the first runway designated 04L/22R, measuring 2570 meters, or 8,432 feet, and the second runway designated 04R/22L, measuring 2,960 meters, or 9,711 feet. The airport also has two helipads, both covered with asphaltic concrete and both measuring 29.25 meters, or 96 feet. Covering an area of 1.43 square miles, it houses two parallel runways, two passenger terminals, and a freight terminal overall. It is capable of handling 13 million passengers and 52 movements, or 26 landings per hour. Both terminals are linked by shuttle buses.
What to see & do
An ethnically diverse port city, one could tell that Nice has a universal charm that attracts young and old alike and is well-known and loved for its view on the Promenade des Anglais, the famous waterfront with a warm view of sunset. The Promenade des Anglais is also atmospheric in the evening. While in here, you can simply take a look at the façade of of Hôtel Negresco, which was built in 1912, or see the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée, which was spared from the demolition in 1980s. A fine mixture of city grit and timeless opulence, every destination is fine, dandy, and nice to explore within this city.
To have a panoramic view of beautiful landscapes, consider getting into Mont Boron, wherein you can see fine views over the city, to the mountains and east over Villefranche and Cap Ferat. Within the city, another good destination to go to would be the Colline du Chateau, which overlooks the Baie des Anges and the harbor. Don’t be disappointed if you will not be able to see much of the ruined castle aside from its crumbling walls. Just continue heading up the stairs until you reached the platform 90 metres above Nice. You can also visit several of its museums, most of which you can enter for free. The most famous are in Cimiez, the older, upper part of the city. For an outdoor museum stroll, visit the Museum of Asian Art and get to know great Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and World Art.
With the airport’s proximity to the Principality of Monaco, some airlines even market Monaco as a choice of destination for tourists. In Monaco, you can simply take a walk through Monaco-Ville, also called as “le rocher” or “the rock,” a medieval village with an astonishingly picturesque site. Mostly made up of pedestrian streets and passageways, you will be delighted to see century houses that still remain intact to this day.
How to get around
From Nice Airport to the city centre of Nice, the most reliable mode of transportation would be the airport express buses. You can take the 98 to the Nice bus station, or Nice Riquier, or take the 99 to the Nice main railway station (Gare Nice Ville SNCF). Both buses run every 30 minutes, with the former beginning at 6 o’clock in the morning until midnight, and the latter beginning at 8 o’clock in the morning until 9 o’clock in the evening.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Nice Côte d'Azur Airport via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. The airport is being served by airlines such as Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Algérie, Air Berlin, Air Canada Rouge, Air France, Air Transat, airBaltic, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belavia, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, EasyJet, EasyJet Switzerland, Emirates, Etihad Regional, Germanwings, Heli Air Monaco, HOP!, Iberia, IGavion, Israir Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Niki, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, TAROM, Transavia.com, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Twin Jet, and Ukraine International Airlines. The airport has frequent daily flights to Paris as well as to most major cities in Europe. It also services a number of destinations in North Africa, Middle East, New York and seasonally serves flights to Canada.