Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is located approximately 7 km/4 miles from the city. The airport has two terminal buildings, named Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, that are connected by a free shuttle bus. Both terminals serve international and domestic airlines.
Your airline should tell you from which terminal your flight will be departing, but as general guidance, Terminal 2 serves flights to the UK and Ireland, as well as flights of the airlines Air France and easyJet. Terminal 1 handles all other flights. There are plenty of short-term and long-term parking options at the airport, or passengers can be dropped-off in the front areas of either terminal. Vehicles may not be parked and left unattended in these areas.
Terminal 1’s Departure area is located on the ground floor and first floor. The check-in desks are opposite the main entrance to the area alongside the wall, and in the middle of the hall. Some of the embarkation gates (A1 – A10 and B12 – B17) are also on the ground floor, while the others can be found on the first floor.
In Terminal 2, the Departure area and check-in desks are located on the first floor. Ensure that you are using the correct access for your boarding gate. The ‘B’ gates are accessed through the main departure lounge.
As a general indication, passengers should arrive at Nice Airport 1 – 2 hours before a domestic departure, and 2 – 3 hours before an international flight, but your airline will be able to provide the exact requirements. Your airline will also have their own rules for carry-on luggage and checked luggage. See your airline ticket for the latest acceptable check-in time. At the check-in desk of your airline, you will need to present your ticket and hand in your checked luggage. You will then receive a boarding card which must be shown to the security representative.
After the check-in procedure is complete, proceed to the security controls and departure lounges on the first floor of the relevant terminal. Friends or family members who are not flying may not go into the boarding area. Only passengers must pass through security control. Keep in mind that baggage carts may also not be taken into the boarding area.
The security checks can be tiresome, but they are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on board the airplane. It is recommended to wear shoes that can easily be taken off (you may be requested to do this), and carry as few metal objects with you as possible. Avoid wearing heavy jewelry. Before walking through the metal detector, all these metal objects (coins, credit cards, calculators etc) must be removed. Carrying unnecessary items will only delay the process.
Disabled passengers that are departing from Nice Airport, should inform their airline of special needs at the time of flight booking. The airline will then request the help required from either of the two companies that provide ground assistance at the airport. The staff members of these companies are fully qualified and experienced in handling any situation. The terminal buildings at Nice Airport are equipped for disabled passengers.
Nice Airport has a variety of shopping and dining opportunities in the public areas before security control, as well as in the secure airside departure areas. The airport is well equipped with banks, currency exchange services, ATMs, internet/WiFi connections, a post office and pharmacies. There is an information desk available in the Departures area of Terminal 1, and at the Arrivals area (Gate A3) in Terminal 2.
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