The EURO16 Football Championships takes over Nice from June 10 to July 10, and the city is pulling out all the stops so you can score lots of soccer thrills even if you don’t have a ticket.
Scream for your team with 10,000 of your closest friends at the Fan Zone off Place Massena with 2 giant jumbo-trons. It’s free but you need ID to get in. Click here for the Fan Zone schedule.
Then pop over to the free beach-side EURO16 Fun Zone where you can score with Human Foosball, Beach Soccer, Bubble Football, Giant Billiards and much, much more. Open daily 11am-9pm at Plage des Ponchettes across from Old Nice, free.
Now head over to Old Nice for a pint, where every bar/resto/pub with a screen is seething with football fans.
Nice match days are Sunday June 12, Friday June 17, Wednesday June 22, and Monday June 27, and traffic in town will be a guaranteed nightmare with many streets blocked, including the Prom. To compensate, all city buses and trams will be free for everyone each match day.
Don’t have a ticket? Resist the temptation to buy scalped tickets; the purchaser’s name is printed on each ticket, reselling is forbidden, and as a security measure, you have to show matching ID to get in.
Oh, you do have a match ticket? Cool! To get to the stadium, you can take the Special Match Shuttle Buses which cost 3€ round-trip and leaves from the fan zone, train station, airport, and MIN; and drops you off a 15 minute walk from the stadium. The shuttles start 5 hours before the kickoff and run until 2 hours after the match. You will need to show your match ticket to board the shuttle, and again, don’t forget your ID. Big backpacks are verboten, and food and bevs are not allowed either, so travel light.
You can also get to the stadium with the Train des Pignes which leaves from the Gare de Sud by the Liberation market, and stops at the Saint Isadore train station near the stadium. Tickets are 5€ round-trip and reservations are a must at 04 97 03 80 80.
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