How to get to the French Riviera

The French Riviera lies along the Mediterranean coast of France, around 900km from Paris, and is easily accessible with daily direct flights from Paris to Nice as well as high-speed TVR trains.


Promenade des Anglais, Nice, French Riviera

Promenade des Anglais, Nice – Image courtesy of youtube.com

Getting to the French Riviera

Known as the Côte d’Azur in France, the French Riviera stretches for around 160km along the southern Mediterranean coast of France, from St Tropez’s clothing-optional beach of Plage de Tahiti via the elegant resorts of Cannes, Cap d'Antibes, Juan les Pins and Nice to the exclusive enclave of St Jean-Cap Ferrat.

Next stop is Monte Carlo, Menton and the Italian Riviera.

Nice is the gateway to the French Riviera and offers daily connecting flights to and from Paris on Air France as well as numerous direct flights from several capital cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

In addition, the high-speed TGV train takes three hours and 15 minutes from Paris to Marseille, continuing onward to Nice for a total journey time of just five and 45 minutes.

From Australia: The most convenient 1-stop flights to Nice are via Dubai on Emirates. In addition, both Qantas and Air France offer daily connecting flights to Paris via Hong Kong and Singapore.

From New Zealand: The most convenient 2-stop flights to Nice are via Singapore on Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa to Nice.

From the UK: British Airways offers direct flights to Nice from London.

From the USA: Delta Air Lines offers direct flights from New York to Nice. From Los Angeles Air France offers connecting flights to Nice via Paris and American Airlines and British Airways offer connecting flights via London, among other European carriers.

Flight time to Nice, France

Paris to Nice is 1 hr 30 mins, direct flight

Brisbane to Nice is 25 hr 25 mins, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Nice is 25 hr, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Nice is 24 hr 45 mins, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Nice is 21 hr 40 mins, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Nice is 29 hr 55 mins, with connecting flightˆ
London to Nice is 2 hr, direct flight
New York to Nice is 8 hr 25 mins, direct flight
Los Angeles to Nice is 13 hr 20 mins, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Nice International Airport, the Aéroport Nice-Côte d'Azur, is located 6km west of Nice. Bus and train services are frequent to numerous destinations along the coast as far as Marseille to the west and Genoa in the east. Taxis are also available.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Getting around

Hiring a car is usually the best way to get around the French Riviera. Alternatively, local buses and trains connect all the major cities and towns in the region.

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