Nice Airport (NCE) – information and airport services

Are you traveling from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and want to learn more about this well connected French airport? See our extensive guide to the airport and its amenities.


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Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) is the principal airport serving Nice and the broader French Riviera. Situated just 6 kilometers southwest of Nice city center, it is uniquely positioned on the Promenade des Anglais, adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea.

As the third busiest airport in France, NCE is renowned for its extensive network of both domestic and international flights, connecting the French Riviera to major cities around the world.

Terminal layout and gates

At Nice Airport you find two passenger terminals, and each terminal is designed to handle specific types of traffic and airlines.

Terminal 1

This terminal caters to both international and domestic flights, with 25 gates that facilitate a smooth passenger flow. Terminal 1 is known for its modern amenities and hosts a variety of airlines.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 serves primarily international flights and some domestic operations, featuring 29 gates. This terminal is also equipped with enhanced facilities to handle the high volume of international travelers.

Baggage handling when connecting at NCE

At the airport in Nice, the baggage handling system is streamlined to aid passengers in transitioning smoothly between flights. The transfer situation depends on what type of ticket you have – learn more below.

Single ticket connections

For travelers with a single itinerary ticket, checked baggage is typically transferred automatically to the final destination.

Multiple tickets and different airlines

Passengers with separate tickets or different airlines may need to retrieve and recheck their baggage, particularly when switching between terminals or carriers. Note that this option means that you need to have a little more time on hand when changing flights.

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The airport in Nice is the third busiest one in France and the principal airport serving the French Riviera.

Security routine at Nice Airport

Passengers arriving from Schengen area countries at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport typically do not undergo additional passport control or security checks, as these flights are considered domestic within the Schengen zone.

For those arriving from outside the Schengen area, you will need to pass through passport control to enter France. This procedure may involve a brief interview about your trip, during which you'll need to present your travel documents, such as your passport (and visa, if required). Depending on your country of origin, you might also be subjected to customs inspections to check for restricted or taxable goods.

Find the best dining options

Nice Airport offers a variety of dining experiences that reflect the culinary richness of the region. Presented below you find some of the most popular options.

  • La Plage: Situated in Terminal 1, this restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere with a menu featuring Mediterranean and Provencal dishes.

  • Joe & The Juice: Located in Terminal 2, this popular spot serves up sandwiches, juices, and coffee, perfect for a quick meal before boarding.

  • Chez Pipo: In Terminal 1, this restaurant offers the best specialities of Old Nice.


At the airport in Nice you find a number of different lounges, giving you a chance to relax before your flight. Accessible in Terminal 1 is the Library Lounge, which offers a peaceful environment with comfortable seating, snacks and beverages. Another option is the Infinity VIP Lounge which is located in Terminal 2. Here you find amenities such as Wi-Fi, refreshments and a serene setting to relax before flights.

Hotels in the area

While there are no hotels directly on the airport premises, several nearby options offer convenient stays. Listed below are some of the available hotels.

  • Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport: A mere 300 meters from Terminal 1, this hotel provides free shuttle services, making it an excellent choice for travelers.

  • Ibis Styles Nice Airport Arenas: Also close to Terminal 1, this hotel features modern rooms with all the necessary amenities.

  • Sheraton Nice Airport: Another option in the area is this four star hotel which has well equipped rooms and everything you need for a comfortable stay.

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Transportation options to Nice

If you are looking for the best way of getting from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the city center, there are various transport modes to choose from.

  • Tram Line 2: This tram line links the airport to the city center, offering a cost-effective and efficient travel option. The fare is approximately €1.50.

  • Bus: Several bus lines connect the airport to various parts of Nice and the surrounding region.

  • Taxi: Taxis are available outside both terminals. A typical fare to Nice city center is around €30 to €40.

  • Ride-sharing: Services like Uber operate at the airport, with rides to the city center typically costing between €20 and €30, depending on traffic.

If you prefer, there is also the option of taking a car transfer from the airport. Follow the link below to see available options and prices.

Car transfer from Nice Airport (NCE)

Cote D Azur Airport facts
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Airlines at Cote D Azur Airport airport

From NCE, you can choose from 60 different airlines to 120 different destinations

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Cote D Azur Airport car rental

If you are in need of a rental car, there are several options at NCE.

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Airport transfer and taxi

If you are arriving at Cote D Azur Airport and want to go to the city, you have several options. You can take a bus, a taxi, or a rental car. The bus is the cheapest and most convenient option, as it runs frequently. The taxi is more expensive and may take longer depending on the traffic. The rental car gives you more flexibility, but you have to pay for parking and fuel.

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Cote D Azur Airport airport hotels

If you are in need of a good night sleep, before or after you flight, we can help you decide where to stay. Within a distance of 3km we found hotels like Novotel Nice Aéroport Cap 3000 , Sheraton Nice Airport and PARME ETAPE

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Hub information

While not a major hub in terms of airline bases, Nice Airport serves as a focus city for Air France and EasyJet. These carriers offer a variety of routes, particularly to destinations across Europe, making NCE a crucial point for travelers visiting the French Riviera.

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Things to do in Nice

Whether you're just passing through or staying in Nice, you'll find plenty of fun activities to do after landing at Cote D Azur Airport.

  • ★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
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  • French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
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  • Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
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  • Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice
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  • Excursion partagée Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo from Nice
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