Nice Life and Visitor Travel Tips
(Nice, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, France)
When visiting Nice, the city's many tourist information outlets offer a range of free brochures, a number of which feature useful discounts and savings. Maps of Nice are also available at most of these offices.
Further savings can be made by purchasing the Carte Museés Côte d'Azur cards, which allow free admission to more than 60 museums within the region area. If you are only planning to stay in Nice, then you can purchase the Carte Museés Ville de Nice, which remains valid for seven days. Travel tips about life in Nice are given below.
Tourism and Tourist Information
Contact details for the main tourist offices in Nice are shown below.
Nice Airport Tourist Information Desk
Address: Terminal 1, Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, Nice, Cedex 3, 06281, France, FR
Tel: +33 08 92 70 74 07
Open hours: high season, daily - 08:00 to 21:00
Nice Main Tourist Office
Address: 5 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 08 92 70 74 07
Open hours: June to September, Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 20:00, Sunday - 09:00 to 19:00; October to May, Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00
Parc National du Mercantour Headquarters
Address: 23 Rue d'Italie, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 93 16 78 88
Open hours: seasonal variations, hours vary
Train Station Tourist Office
Address: Avenue Thiers (next to the Gare Nice Ville), Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 08 92 35 35 35
Open hours: June to September, Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 20:00, Sunday - 09:00 to 19:00; October to May, Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 19:00, Sunday - 09:00 to 18:00
Language and Dialect
Basic French phrases are fairly simple to pick up and speaking a little of the native lingo will make your stay in Nice all the more enjoyable. Basic French phrases are shown below.
A table for two please
- une table pour deux, s'il vous plait
I'd like some...
- je voudrais du / de la...
The bill please
- l'addition, s'il vois plait
I'm looking for...
- je cherche
- ou est...?
Go straight ahead
- continuez tout droit
- tournez a gauche
- tournez a droite
What is the address?
- quelle est l'address?
We are leaving today
- nous partons aujourd'hui
How much is it?
- quel est le prix?
Where is the toilet?
- où sont les toilettes?
At the beginning of 2007, France tightened its smoking laws and it is now illegal to smoke in any public place, including train stations and tourist attractions. In Nice, some smoking rooms are available, and it is still possible to smoke within restaurants, coffee shops, bars and clubs, although this is usually restricted to specific smoking areas.