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Getting around Nice

Public transport

The Riviera-wide Ligne D'Azur (tel: +33 810 061 006; www.lignedazur.com) operates the city's bus and tram network. As well as running all the buses within the Nice metropolitan area, Ligne D'Azur also connects Nice with over 20 other Riviera towns, and much of the rest of France.

Single fares, day tickets, weekly passes and carnets of 10 tickets are available. You can buy tickets at on tramway platforms, at newspaper kiosks, or purchase single tickets on board.

Taxis

You can hail taxis on the street or at the ranks at the railway station and the Promenades des Anglais, as well as in the old town. Pre-booked taxis are available from Central Taxi Riviera (tel: +33 4 9313 7878). Ensure that the meter is switched on or agree a price in advance for all journeys.

Driving

Driving in the city centre can be intimidating, as Nice has heavy traffic and locals often drive erratically.

Car hire

There is little need to hire a car in Nice. The city is quite compact and journeys around central Nice are often quicker by foot. International car hire companies with offices in Nice include Avis (tel: +33 1 7092 2020; www.avis.fr), Europcar (tel: +33 977 403 266; www.europcar.com) and Hertz (tel: +33 4 9703 0120; www.hertz.fr).

The minimum age for car hire varies from 21 to 25 years. You must have held a national driving licence for at least one year. Credit cards are usually the required method of payment.

Bicycle hire

Nice's bikeshare scheme is called Vélo Bleu (tel: +33 4 9372 0606; www.velobleu.org). There are regular drop-off and pick-up points throughout the city, and the first half hour of hire is free.

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Hotel Negresco

The most exclusive address in town is an old but not fusty place that has elegantly idled by the Promenade des Anglais since 1913. Recent major refurbishments have kept this grande dame ahead of the game, but the antiques and furniture collectables angle the atmosphere towards a bygone era.

Westminster Hotel & Spa

This good-value 4-star is one of the more affordable grand old waterfront hotels. All the usual perks including a private beach and wonderful belle époque architecture are covered at the Westminster with minimum fuss. Be sure to book a sea-view room for breakfast on the Promenade des Anglais terrace.

Spity Hotel

On the site of the former Hi Hotel, this chic accommodation maintains the former’s emphasis on elegant and ultra-modern design. Within one of the 38 sleek, industrial bedrooms, you’ll find lava stone tubs and neon walk-in showers. Amenities include an organic breakfast buffet, private beach, day spa, lounge bar, and a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Nice.

 

Hôtel Nice Beau Rivage

At only a two-minute walk from the seafront and a three-minute walk from Opéra de Nice, its little wonder this chic hotel was once frequented by a number of famous writers and artists. Today, the refurbished building offers a private beach, a whiskey bar, and a classy outdoor lounge for reclining during the summer months.

 

Hotel Villa St Hubert

Although it’s not in the city centre, this homely hotel is close to a tram that leads directly to Place Masséna, making it a great value for your money. Some of the traditionally furnished rooms have balconies with views across the rooftops, and breakfast is served in a charming tree-shaded courtyard.

Palais de la Méditerranée

This beautiful art deco hotel has some of the best views in town, which are best enjoyed from the swimming pool on the terrace above the Promenade des Anglais. Elegant rooms boast smooth contemporary decor and views out over the sea. A sauna, gym, and Turkish bath add to the 5-star allure.