FRENCH RIVIERA ON THE CHEAP: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NICE 

Getting to and from the airport

The airport of Nice is located only 7km away from the centre of the city. Most taxis will take you to your hotel in Nice for about 35€. For 1 or 2 people, however, it comes out at a much better price to take the bus n. 98 from the terminal for only 6€ per person. This bus takes you directly to the city and has various stops through out Promenade des Anglais, for you to get off where is most convenient.

1-day trips

If you have enough time to spend a day outside of Nice, the trains to nearby towns are even cheaper than taking the bus to the airport. We chose to visit Monaco, which is only 20 minutes away by train. For the journey, we paid only 4€ per person for a one-way ticket. However, if you decide to visit Monaco too, please note that eating out is extremely expensive here so either bring takeaway food with you or return on time to dine back in Nice for at least half of the price.

Beach time 

It is important to know that the beach in Nice is pebbly and hence hard to walk on, or even sit on for long time. There are multiple beach bars that offer comfy sun beds instead, but if I remember correctly these are pretty pricey at 20€ each for a days’s rental. If you love some beach time, you’ll want to know what alternatives you have:

– Buying rock shoes makes a huge different when going in the water and walking in the beach. You can buy these at any touristic shop in Nice from 10€.

– There are multiple, beautiful sand beaches just a few train stops away on the way to Monaco. The train for this is only a couple of €s and it will enable you to enjoy a sandy, blue  nice day of beach. One of these is Gare de Villefranche sur Mer, only a few minutes away from Nice and easy access by train.

Dinning

When we arrived in Nice we were positively surprised with the price of the food. While there are quite a few fancy, expensive restaurants there are also plenty of affordable ones around the city. The most expensive were those in the old town and in front of the sea, as expected. However, just behind Place Masséna, there are quite a few streets with nice and cheap places to dine. On average, we could have a full dinner for 20€ per person with a non-alcoholic drink included.

All in all, Nice will enable you to enjoy the luxury of French Riviera at a completely affordable price if you know where to go.
We hope this post was useful! Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have in the comments section below. Enjoy the video we made of our trip to this beautiful city!

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