Local Information

Nice, capital of the "Alpes-Maritimes" county, is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse. The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa la Bella), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice.


The climate in Nice is a temperate continental climate with four seasons. However, the wholesome climate conditions are the ones which turn Nice into an all-season destination. Indeed, the pleasant Mediterranean climate is characterized by mild winter temperatures (which stabilize to an average of 9°C, but never drop below 4°C), hot and sunny summer days (and average value of 27°C in terms of air temperatures) and consistent rainfall in autumn.
In June, the mean daily maximum is of 24,5°C with a mean daily minimum of 17,5°C. The weather forecast can be found here.

Public transport in Nice

Tramway and bus: a single price for a single ticket... The Ticket Azur (1.50€,except busses 98 and 99 from/to Airport) allows one journey on the network of the council (TAM). The Ligne d'Azur network offers you a hundred different buses in the 27 towns of Nice metropolis. Tickets can be bought inside the bus.

  • Noctambus: 5 night-time bus routes from 9:10pm to 1:10am.
  • The tramway, 8.7 km tramway line which crosses the city, offers a north-east connection passing through the city center along the avenue Jean Médecin and through the Place Masséna 21 hours a day! Every day from 4am to 1am.
  • 4 stopover carparks where you can leave your car free of charge and take the tram to the city centre.

A night-time bus service operates 3 nights a week and the evening before national holidays : departing from Nice, it goes to Monaco, Menton, Cannes et Grasse.

Bus lignes Azur: http://www.lignesdazur.com

Plan your trip by buses: http://www.lignesdazur.com/ri/?rub_code=4
The bus network map can be found and downloaded here

Taxis: The city is served by 3.500 taxis and a taxi ride from the airport to the city center should cost between 8.00 € and 15.00 €.
Taxis (French, English): http://www.taxis-nice.fr

Handy tip: Taxis can be hailed in the street or they can be reserved or taken at a taxi-rank.

Telephone Numbers

The most important institutions have two-digit telephone numbers that you can reach even without a SIM card inserted in your mobile phone. The service is free.
The France’s country code: +33

  • Emergency call 18
  • Ambulance service phone 15
  • Police phone 17
  • Fire emergency phone 18

Customs regulations

Foreign visitors to France are allowed to export non-commercial goods without permission and the character and quantity of which indicate that such goods are for personal use or gifts. If special generally binding regulations apply to the exported goods (e.g. regulations on protection of cultural monuments, objects of museum value and the like), customs officials require export permission.


Legal tender – Euro (€)

  • Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cts
  • Banknotes: 10, 20, 50 and exceptionally 100, 200 and 500

There is a dense network of Automated Teller Machines in Nice that accept all common types of international payment cards. It is also possible to pay with credit cards in the majority of shops, restaurants and accommodation facilities.

Electrical voltage

The electrical network in France has the voltage of 220V.


A law restricting smoking is in force in France. Smoking is strictly prohibited to public spaces (restaurants, bars, airport, means of public transport, cultural facilities, health care facilities).

Health care

Providers of health care in the EU accept patients with European health insurance cards. It is recommended that non-EU citizens purchase commercial health insurance in their home country before arriving in France. In case of acute illness or injury, the patient will be provided treatment in any hospital or emergency facility.
Night pharmacies (Pharmacies de nuit) - 7 days a week, 24 hours a day 7, rue Masséna Tel. +33 (0)4 93 87 78 94 66, avenue Jean Médecin Tel. +33 (0)4 93 62 54 44