Put plainly, if you have a plane to catch from Nice Airport, and you plan on arriving by car, you have three options:
At Parclick, we do have a sense of adventure and enjoy taking a risk, but when it comes down to hurting our wallets unnecessarily, or gambling with the fate of our dear four wheeled friends, we certainly don’t take any chances.
So, if you need to park at the Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, reserving your space is the best option because you can even choose the car park which is best adapted to your needs. Plus, arriving directly at the airport isn’t always the best idea, because if you’re looking for a valet service, you often need to book 24 hours before, and if you’re on the hunt for low cost, then they’re on the outskirts and almost impossible to find if you arrive directly at the airport.
So, by improvising, you’re probably going to miss out!
Here is a bit more information on the different options that we offer you. We think you’ll find something to your tastes.
If you find yourself preferring things which are more classic, you can reserve a parking space at an official car park at Terminals 1 and 2. It basically means covered, secure parking spaces in the immediate surroundings of the terminal. The benefits do depend on each car park, as some focus on 100% reliable security or on having direct access to the terminal. But you’re in luck as this airport does have a free minibus which runs every 5-10 minutes between the two terminals and the airport’s official car parks, via the Lindbergh bus station.
If every minute counts, then a valet service is the fastest alternative, and oozes luxury. “But what actually is it?” we hear you shout, well, all you have to do is arrive directly at the terminal, you hand over your vehicle to a professional driver who will take it to a secure car park near the airport. So you don’t lose anytime whatsoever, just hand over the keys and go into the terminal building. Couldn’t be easier, right?
But you don’t like the idea of trusting your car with a complete stranger? Or you think they’re going to go through your things? Well, relax, they’re professionals and everything is very well organised. The Queen has people look after her stuff, why not you?
Finally, there’s the low-cost alternative, usually a good distance away from the airport, but they’re the ones which offer the cheapest prices, and then once you’ve parked, a shuttle (normally free) will take you to the terminal of your choice.
But are you the type of person who likes to park right next to the terminal and tell yourself that taking a shuttle is a waste of time? Well, remember that these low-cost car parks are often easy to find and taking a shuttle can be worth the saving.
If you’ve chosen a car park slap bang in the centre of the airport, then here are some little pointers to help you reach your destination.
If you’re coming from the West (Antibes, Grasse), then take exit 49 from the Autoroute A8 towards Saint Laurent du Var. At the roundabout, take the first exit on the right and follow the signs for ‘Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur’. If you’re coming from the East (Monaco, Sanremo), take exit 51 towards the E74/ ‘Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur’, and follow the directions to ‘Aéroport Nice-Côte d’Azur’.
The official car parks are all signposted, but be careful not to confuse them!
If you arrive by train:
The Gare Nice Saint-Augustin (TER) (Nice train station) is 10 minutes away from Terminal 1 of the airport. Plus, you can buy TER tickets in both terminals of the airport.
If you arrive by bus:
Loads of buses come and go to the airport every day, in particular the Express 98 line (Stops include: Lycée Masséna – Promenade des Anglais – Aéroport) and the number 99 (gare de Nice – Airport).
If you catch the bus from other towns in the area, then you may find this little smidgen of information helpful:
So, which option do you think suits you best?