Airfare to Nice, France
Nice is the city of the French Riviera. With close to a million residents, its airport, Côte d’Azur, is the second-largest after Paris.
Nice’s main draw is the the Mediterranian Sea – no thanks to its rocky, coral-filled beaches. Man-made attractions include Musee Matisse, the castle ruins and Cimiez settlement.
Airfare to Nice will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Flights to Paris or London should also be considered. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, Eurostar or flight. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Paris, France; London, England; Rome, Italy or another major gateway city. Because there are more connecting flights within Europe on low budget airlines versus direct flights, you can save some cash. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air France, based in Paris, is the national carrier. However, other airlines, including low-cost carriers bmi, Fly Baboo and Sterling, also fly to Nice.
The most expensive air tickets to Nice are found during peak holiday travel times and during summer Eurail season. Nice hotels book up during these time periods and the warmer months of May-September. Keep an eye out for other popular events like public holidays, festivals or sports competitions like the World Cup, which can increase prices.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Paris or Milan and traveling overland to Nice via TGV train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Nice, check out BootsnAll’s France Travel Guide.