As the second most visited destination in France after Paris, Nice boasts a beautiful Mediterranean climate, colourful waterfront, bustling nightlife, and stylish cafes. It is the perfect introduction to the French Rivera and attracts not only well to-do-travellers, but those also looking for cheap and cheerful experiences.
Surrounded by hills, Nice offers modern appeal, yet always feels historic. The cobblestone streets of the Old Town are the historic heart of the city but it seems no matter what you’re looking at, Nice always feels picturesque.
Set on France’s south-eastern Mediterranean coast, Nice has two cruise ship docks, one in the town, and the other in Villefrance, considered the official gateway to the French Riviera. From here there are regular connections to Cannes and just a 10 kilometre journey to Monaco, one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
Nice has two cruise ship docks, one in central Nice and the other in Villefranche. Smaller ships dock in the Port of Nice on the Quai De Commerce pier, while larger liners anchor in the nearby and deeper Villefranche Bay, transferring passengers ashore. Passengers can take a bus, train or taxi into Nice, which is about 5 kilometres away.
After tendering at the dock, a short walk down the wharf leads to the main cruise terminal.
- Currency exchange bureau
- Tourist information centre and personnel providing welcome information and maps
- Taxi rank.
From the port, it’s around a 500-metre walk along the shop and restaurant filled waterfront to the Villefranche-sur-Mer train station, which provides onward connections to Nice or Monaco.
How to Get Around
Visitors have a number of transport options, making exploring Nice and surrounding areas relatively easy and affordable. The most recommended travel option is to take the train to the main station of Nice-Ville. Hourly trains can also be taken to Monaco from this station.
Buses #81 and #100 also travel to the main train station in central Nice where other transport (including the tram) meet. From here it’s a short walk to the Old Town region, and the Promenade De Anglais. Bus prices into Nice are similar to trains.
Taxis can also be taken but are notoriously expensive compared to other options. Bike hire schemes are a popular way of seeing the sites, with plenty of bikeways to choose from.
Both Villefranche and Nice are quite hilly, so good walking shoes are a must if planning to get around on foot.
Travel times from port:
- It is a 2 minute walk to the Villefranche waterfront promenade and shops
- It is a 5 minute walk to the Villefranche-sur-Mer train station.
- It is a 20 minute journey to Monaco by car
- It is a 25 minute journey to Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport by car.
- It is a 7 minute train ride to central Nice
- It is a 55 minute train ride to Cannes
- It is a 20 minute train tide to Monaco.
- Currency – Nice uses the Euro, which is available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins and €1, and €2 coins. Bank notes in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations are also used. All major credit cards are widely accepted.
- Time Zone - Nice is on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Nice enjoys warm to hot summers, with cool-mild winters and little rainfall. The temperature is typically an average high of 27 degrees Celsius in July and an average high of 13.1 degrees Celsius in January.
- Place Massena - The site of the public market and one of Nice’s most famous squares, which is lined with olive trees and palms. Admire the ancient buildings, and flower markets in this central junction in Nice’s Old Town. Then have lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
- Promenade de Anglaise - Stroll along one of the French Riviera’s most renowned waterfronts. Walk down onto the beach, or rent a beach chair and soak in the pleasant Riviera breezes.
- Monaco - Just a short train ride away, admire the super yachts and latest sports cars in this flashy adult playground. Appreciate the past as you visit the 19th century Monaco Cathedral where Grace Kelly was laid to rest. Finally, be overwhelmed by the grandness of the renowned Monte Carlo Casino and surrounding gardens, in this fairy tale landmark of palatial proportions. Entry to the Monte Carlo Casino and Monaco Cathedral are free. The Cathedral is open daily from 8.30am-6pm.