Getting round Good is a breeze, whether or not you’re taking the tram or stroll the promenade

Getting round Good couldn’t be simpler! This compact French metropolis could be very walkable and simply accessible by public transport, with loads of eco-friendly methods to get round. Cheap fares and brief journey instances solely add to the expertise. 

Even Good’s airport – one in every of France’s largest hubs, serving lots of of nationwide and worldwide locations every day – is situated a mere 20 minutes from town heart by tram. So get able to discover one in every of France’s most gorgeous seaside areas with our information to move in Good.

Central Good is finest explored on foot

Good is a good place to discover on foot. Nowhere is simply too far-off, the climate is normally in your facet (it’s extra usually sunny than not) and a few areas – just like the atmospheric outdated city – are totally pedestrianized. There’s additionally lots to have a look at, from gorgeous architectural gems and colourful facades to cute cafés and quirky boutiques. The easiest way to search out your favourite spots to eat and store is on foot.

The very best stroll begins on the Promenade des Anglais

Begin off with a stroll alongside the Promenade des Anglais, probably the most well-known stretches of seafront in France, lined with iconic seashores, swaying palm timber and iconic landmarks. Subsequent, climb the steps main as much as the Colline du Château for magnificent views, earlier than making your means again right down to the outdated city slightly below. Get misplaced in Vieux Good’s slender, winding streets and alleyways, that are full of retailers, eating places, palaces and baroque church buildings which are all properly price a go to.

From there, it’s a brief stroll to the picturesque Place Masséna and town heart, the place you may hit the shops alongside Avenue Jean-Médecin, take a break in Promenade du Paillon’s gorgeously landscaped park, or delve into trendy and modern artwork on the Musée d’Artwork Moderne et d’Artwork Contemporain (MAMAC).

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Strolling in Good means with the ability to cease anytime for espresso or apéritifs ©Iggi Falcon/Getty Photographs

The tram is quick, low cost and sustainable and can get you virtually anyplace

After strolling, the tram is Good’s subsequent finest mode of transport. Simply hop on a tram from anyplace in central Good for simple and fast entry to prime sights and spots, together with the Avenue Jean-Médecin, the Place Masséna, Vieux Good (Opéra Vieille Ville) and the Libération market.

Run by Lignes d’Azur – the identical firm that runs town’s bus community – these electrical trams are environmentally pleasant, quick and low cost. You will pay €1.50 a journey, €10 for 10 journeys, €5 for a 24-hour go, or €15 for a 7-day go.

Tram line 2 is the best approach to attain town from the airport

The very first thing you must do once you get off the aircraft in Good is hop onto town’s glossy tram line 2, which can whisk you to town heart in about 20 minutes. The tram operates three strains connecting the airport, the port, the practice station and town heart. Carriages are trendy, air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible, with common providers working every day from 4am until after midnight. 

Hop on a bus to discover the outskirts of Good

Additionally run by Lignes d’Azur, Good’s in depth bus community is one of the best ways to entry and get round outlying neighborhoods such because the leafy Cimiez district, with its artwork museums, elegant villas, Roman ruins and well-known monastery, or the mountaineering trails and sweeping vistas of the Parc du Mont Boron.

Buses on most routes run each 10 to fifteen minutes from 6am to 10pm, with some night time providers obtainable between 10pm and 1am. The identical ticket sorts and fares apply as for trams, which implies you may mix tram and bus journeys when touring on the Lignes d’Azur community.  

A man riding a bicycle past Place Masséna in Nice, France
A bicycle is an effective way to discover Good, although it may be scorching work in summer time © ICHAUVEL / Getty Photographs

Good is changing into increasingly bike and scooter pleasant

With the introduction of devoted biking lanes (together with all alongside the seafront) and the introduction of electrical bike and e-scooter schemes, Good has turn into more and more pleasant to individuals who wish to journey on two wheels.

Good’s bikeshare system, Vélo Bleu, is a sensible, low cost and scenic approach to see the sights. Town has a fleet of 1300 bikes unfold throughout 161 docking stations in Good, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent du Var. There’s a €1.50 subscription payment, the primary half-hour are free, and thereafter, rides value €2 per hour. You can too hire bikes and scooters, together with electrical ones, from Roller Station on the seafront.

Until you’re pedaling alongside the seafront or utilizing different devoted bike lanes, you’ll be biking alongside Good’s busy visitors. Do not forget that as an city bicycle owner, the identical guidelines that apply to automobiles apply to bikes – cease at cease indicators, use your palms to provide flip alerts and journey with the visitors stream.

Rideshares are cheaper than Good’s pricy taxis

There are taxi ranks on the airport and on the most important railway station, however elsewhere in Good, taxis should not simple to return by and they are often fairly costly. The fixed fare for a journey from the airport to town heart will set you again €32. Drivers will usually ask for fee in money (though they’re formally required to take bank cards), and there could also be hidden prices for baggage or brief journeys. Uber is a much better possibility for personal transport round Good, with cheaper charges and infrequently extra nice journeys.
A view of Promenade des Anglais in the sunshine, Nice, France
Whether or not you stroll, cycle or drive, the Promenade des Anglais gives the definitive view of Good © bellena / Shutterstock

Touring to Good by automobile is finest averted

Driving in Good is finest averted. Automotive parks are sparse, street-parking areas are exhausting to search out (you may see double-parked automobiles in all places), and there are numerous one-way streets that may be very complicated for first-time guests. For those who’re accustomed to town, nonetheless, or wish to discover additional afield alongside the Côte d’Azur, you may rent a automobile on the airport or on the most important practice station, the place all the key car-rental manufacturers have workplaces, together with Avis, Price range, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Accessible transport in Good

Good’s tram and bus community is essentially the most accessible approach to get round. All trams and most buses are outfitted with a wheelchair elevate or ramp and devoted areas on-board for mobility gadgets and wheelchairs. Tactile steerage methods at bus and tram stops make it simpler for the visually impaired to board.

Town’s Mobil’Azur service supplies buses specifically outfitted for the disabled on request, and rides value the identical as common buses (€1.50 a journey, or €10 for 10 journeys). For extra info on accessible journey, try Lonely Planet’s accessible travel resources.

Why I like strolling round Good

I like exploring Good on foot for an opportunity to identify the little issues – the gorgeous storefronts and colourful shutters of the outdated city; the native market merchants enthusiastically promoting their wares on the Cours Saleya; the youngsters (and generally adults, too) taking part in within the water fountains on the Promenade du Paillon.

It’s good train too, and you’ll by no means become bored with strolling alongside the paved Promenade des Anglais, my favourite stroll in Good for the sunshine, the ocean breeze, the water’s ever-changing hues of blue and turquoise, and the folks jogging, strolling or biking previous. Sit on one in every of Good’s well-known blue seaside chairs lining the seafront and take all of it in like an area!

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