Pezenas, France (PressExposure) February 14, 2009 -- Nice airport is the busiest in France outside Paris. 6km to the west of Nice, it is accessed from the A8 motorway, well signposted, the junction depending on your direction of travel.
There are two terminals, T1 being somewhat larger than T2, and a good selection of cafÃ©s, bars, restaurants and shops. Nice is the airport of arrival for travellers to the Cote d Azur resorts, Monaco and some of the southernmost ski resorts such as Isola 2000.
Seven top international car hire companies are represented at Nice plus one specialising in vehicles adapted to take wheelchairs. Details at libertans.com Others are:- ADA; Avis; Budget; Europcar; Hertz; National/Citer and Sixt.
Landing at Nice airport can be quite exciting. The runways are built on reclaimed land and jut out into the Mediterranean Sea. From certain directions, it can seem as though you are about to land in the water when suddenly the end of the runway appears just in time. Most arrivals from the UK or Ireland will arrive at Terminal 1. Easyjet uses Terminal 2.
Your flight information should tell you which terminal to use but in general, unless you are flying Easyjet who use terminal 2, it will be terminal 1 for flights to the UK or Ireland. Both terminals are well served with Shops, Bars and Restaurants.
If you plan to stay along the coast of the Cote d Azur, the area is well served by public transport which can be a lot cheaper, but less convenient, than hiring a car. Taxis are one option and Buses another. If, however, you want to explore the mountains and villages away from the coast then Car Hire could be your best bet.
There is a free airport navette which links the two terminals and all the car parks. For a ride into Nice take the bus Ligne 23 which links the airport with the main railway station. Tickets are only 1 euro, purchased on the bus. There is also a bus to Cannes every 30 or 40 minutes.
There is a set-down point outside Terminal 1. Security staff will move you on if you attempt to park for more than a couple of minutes. It is helpful to know which terminal you are using as some car parks are nearer to one than the other. If you find yourself too far away from where you want to be, take the free airport navette which makes a continuous trip between the terminals and all the car parks
Bars and Restaurants
Both terminals offer good facilities for eating and drinking. You will find you can get a quick snack, an express meal and two or three course lunches and dinners according to your time available. Remember, if you buy bottled water or other drinks in the public areas, you will not be allowed to take them through security into the departure lounges.
Shopping at Nice Airport does not compare with the UK or, indeed, some of the Spanish airports, but nevertheless, there are shoppertunities and the chance to browse round shops selling local products, wine, spirits, perfumes etc. Again, it depends on which terminal you are using.
The popularity of the Cote d Azur stems from its beautiful weather. Wealthy foreigners flocked here in the 19th and 20th centuries to avoid the northern winters and soon summer visitors were just as numerous. The narrow strip of land at the coast is protected from the north by the Alps and enjoys hot summers and mild winters.