Living in Nice?
Transportation in Nice
Nice is undergoing constant improvement, so its residents enjoy a higher quality of life than they have done in the past. If you live there, this will be clearest in the rapid developments in public transportation that are ongoing around the city.
The Most Common Means of Transportation
The bus-network Lignes D’Azur is the transportation option most commonly used by locals. It provides an easy means of transportation to school and work. Passes are available for longer periods of time, i.e. a month or a year; otherwise, a one-way ticket is 1.50 EUR and an all-day pass is 5 EUR. The details of all tariffs and lines operated by the company can be found online on the Lignes D’Azur website.
Want to Travel Faster? Use the Tram
Since 2007, there has been a tram line connecting 22 stations in a U-shape around the city. This network is designed to transport local residents from the suburbs to the center and is therefore normally not overrun by tourists.
Two more tram lines, running from west to east and from the north to the airport in the south, are due to be completed in 2019. In theory, it should significantly decrease the traffic in Nice, as over 120,000 people will be transported around the city on a daily basis, which should result in around 20,000 fewer cars on the roads.
Driving and Cycling around Nice
To aid in improving the constant traffic and resulting poor quality of life for the inhabitants of Nice, there are four park and ride facilities across town. This Parcazur development is practical and economical, allowing motorists to reach the city center by bus or tram. The main roads running through Nice are the A8 autoroute (expressway) and Route Nationale 7. These roads link Marseille with Italy, providing those living in Nice with an easy means of international travel.
The city also has plenty of cycling routes, and new ones are constantly being added. Nice is also the first French city to offer residents the option of car-sharing with electric vehicles. Over 200 electric cars provided by Auto Bleue are available within the city, running between more than 60 different stations.
National and International Transportation Links
The airport in Nice is second only to those in Paris, hosting over 11 million visitors a year and flights to over 100 destinations. Expats in Nice also have easy access to Corsica, thanks to the ferry which runs regularly to the island.
In terms of trains, living in Nice allows straightforward international travel by rail: Nice-Ville, the main railway station, connects Paris and Nice in under six hours, and Nice and Marseille in two and a half hours. It also has connections to Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and even Russia.
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