Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the international airport located at Nice, the capital of France’s Alpes Maritimes department. It also serves the Mediterranean coastline Côte d'Azur, or the French Riviera. Situated 3.2 nautical miles (5.9 kilometres; 3.7 miles) southwest of Nice and seven kilometres or four miles west of Côte d'Azur, the airport serves as an operating base for easyJet and act as a focus city for Air France. It is the third busiest airport in France. Because it is located near the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as the city-state’s airport. The airport has three terminals, with the first one equipped with 25 gates with a capacity of 4.5 million passengers, and the second terminal having 29 gates and can accommodate up to 8.5 million passengers. The third terminal serves as the airport’s freight terminal with a capacity of over 30,000 metric tonnes per year. This airport services up to 50 airlines and three cargo airlines as of late. Residing at an elevation of four metres or 13 feet above mean sea level, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport operates with two runways and two helipads.
What to see & do
Nice is the largest city in the French Riviera. It is famous for its magnificent views, waterfront, and an ethnically diverse city. There are several tourist attractions that can be found in Nice. One of which is the Colline du Chateau overlooking the Baie des Anges. It offers a majestic view of the entire city. There are also several museums in Nice that are worth visiting. The Museum of Asian Arts located just across the airport showcases Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and world arts, while the Parc Phoenix beside the museum has a glass house with over 2500 different plant species. The old town, Vieux Nice is a maze of streets and alleys with beautiful houses, boutiques, and other infrastructure. Beautiful beaches such as the Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, and Cannes are only about 20 minutes away from the city proper.
How to get around within Nice
Nice has its own local bus network called Lignes d'Azur. There are more than 100 routes for the bus network servicing locals going to their respective schools or work places. For a different experience, most tourists prefer to take the TAM or the Transport Alpes-Maritime which connects the entire Eastern Riviria town between Cannes and Menton. Nice does not have any metro service available, because it is not as necessary for the city compared to other cities. However, the main train railway, the National French Railway, services Nice. Taxis and rental cars are also available in Nice. For a more exciting experience, rental bikes and e-bikes are available around the city trough Velo Bleu. There are also bike tours lasting for only three hours offered by Nice Cycle Tours. Bike rental stations are available in Roller Station and Holland bikes.
How to get there
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is served by airlines such as Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Belavia, Blue Air, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Iberia, KLM, and Lufthansa, among others.
The best way to go from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the city by car is through the A8 autoroute which directly connects the airport to the city proper. Nice-Saint-Augustin is a train station that is just a 15-minute walk away from the airport itself. A second Tram line directly going to the city from the airport is currently under development.
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