Good to know for your stay in Nice

Emergency numbers

Call 15 for ambulance, 17 for Police and 18 Fire Department.
From mobile phone dial the European emergency number 112.

Dentists

S.O.S. DENTAIRE
+33 (0)4 93 80 77 77
+33 (0)4 97 25 72 75

Consulates in Nice

If misfortune comes and you have an accident, becomes seriously ill or lose your passport, many countries have consulates in Nice. American Consulate, Austrian Consulate, Canadian Consulate, Dutch Consulate, Finnish Consulate, German Consulate, Swedish Consulate and the Swiss Consulate.

Other Information

Opening hours

In general, shops open from 10am - 7pm, closed on Sundays and sometimes on Mondays. Banks are normally open from 9:30am to 4:30pm and in many cases open on Saturdays.

In recent years, several shops have begun to open on Sundays and most of them do not close during lunch time which was previously customary.

Public holidays in France

France has 11 public holidays (jours fériés).

  • 1 January: New Year's Day (Jour de l'an)
  • Easter: Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques) - Holy Thursday and Good Friday are not affected
  • May 1: Labor international holiday (Fête du Travail)
  • May 8: Armistice Second World War (Victoire des Allies sur l'Allemagne nazie 8 May 1945)
  • Ascension Day: (Jeudi de l'Ascension)
  • Pentecost: Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
  • July 14: France's National Day (Fête nationale française)
  • 15 August: The Virgin Mary's ascension (Assomption)
  • 1 November: All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
  • November 11: Armistice World War 1 (Armistice de la Première Guerre mondiale November 11, 1918)
  • December 25: Christmas Day (Noel)

Electricity

220V/50 Hz.

Water

The tap water is perfectly safe to drink although it is more chlorinated than we maybe are accustomed to. The tap water is also ok in the restaurants where the bottled water (often Perrier or Pellegrino) in many cases cost more than the wine (order an 'une Carafe d'eau, S'il vous plaît "for a carafe of mineral water).

Parking

During peak season the car parking can be an interesting activity. Under French logic, it is often cheaper to pay unauthorized parking fines than to be legal in a parking garage. Of course, we do not recommend any unauthorized parking and there are twenty car parks in central Nice, easy to find and the cost of daily parking is around € 20.

Public Transport

Given the price situation in general, it is surprisingly inexpensive to travel by public transportation. With the exception of the direct lines 98 and 99 going to and from the airport (which requires a ticket for €6) there is a flat rate of € 1,50 per journey whether you use the bus or tram. "Local" is a broad term and you reach 27 towns and villages in the region.

Tickets can be purchased on the bus and if you are traveling by tram there are vending machines at every stop. Do not forget to validate your ticket when boarding - the ticket controls are frequent and the fines are severe if you are caught without a valid ticket.

Nice bus and tram traffic handled by the company Ligne d'Azur. Their English website contains lots of useful information as schedules, itineraries, etc.

Train

Trains are a cheap and efficient mode of transport for easy access to all that Provence offers. Nice station, the Gare de Nice Ville, is centrally located on Avenue Thiers. Train services run by SNCF and as an example, it takes only 18 minutes to go to Antibes and a return ticket costs € 7, easily purchased from one of the many vending machines at Central Station.

Taxi

Taxis in Nice are relatively expensive and there is always a cost for extra luggage. If you want to go more than three persons in the taxi it will be additional costs as well. Just as in the rest of Europe, the taxis are vacant when the light shines on the roof. It is not possible to wave in a taxi directly on the street, you need to go to the nearest designated taxi rank. The majority of taxis do not take credit cards so be sure to have plenty of cash available.

Car

All the major car rental companies Avis, Europcar and Hertz are represented with a number of centrally placed offices. During high season it is advisable to book in advance and do not forget to bring your passport as the driving-license is not always accepted as identification document (especially Europcar is particularly stubborn).

Airport

Nice airport, Aéroport Nice-Côte d´Azur is centrally located and it takes only 15-20 minutes by bus to get to Nice city. Although Nice airport is the third busiest in France after Paris (CDG and Orly), it is terribly boring and supply leaves much to be desired. The Lounge facilities for example are more than lousy, which is in some way, is quite surprising given the distance to Monaco and Saint-Tropez…

Cycle

In Nice, as in many cities around Europe, it is possible to rent a bike for a shorter or longer period of time. In Nice Vélo Bleu operates and the bikes are available all over the city spread over more than 175 stations. To rent a bike you need to register on the Velo Blues website (in French only).

Pharmacy

In Nice, there is a surplus of Pharmacies so you are never far from a Pharmacy. Pharmacies are identified by a green cross - often hysterically flashing in various epilepsy-inducing patterns. If the local pharmacy is closed, there is a reference to the nearest emergency pharmacy open.

Around the clock pharmacies is available at:

7, rue Masséna or 66, Avenue J. Médecin
Phone: +33 49 38 77 894, +33 49 36 25 444

Tourist Office

Nice has an excellent Tourist Office located a few hundred meters from the apartment. The tourist office can give you information about current events and tips about possible destinations. The office is open seven days a week during high season and low season is closed on Saturdays.

5 Promenade des Anglais
Phone : + 33(0) 892 707 407 (0,34€/min)


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