Better living through technology! Here are the best apps to put Nice at your fingertips… and they’re mostly all FREE!
What’s on in Nice? The free Sortir by Nice-Matin App provides up-to-date local entertainment listings including concerts, festivals, food and wine fairs, salons and expos, local cinema listings, and more. You can search a category or let it find what’s happening around you. The listings are in French, but it’s very visual, so easy to figure out even with limited French.
Mobile tour guide: The Cote d’Azur MonumentTracker App alerts you to points of interest and then tells you what makes it interesting, like your own personal walking tour!
Your own personal translator: The free Google Translate App blows my mind: you can speak the phrase in English, and in 1 second it not only writes the equivalent phrase in French, but you push a button and your iPhone says it in a sexy French voice! It also does the regular typing translation too, which is very helpful for figuring out French menus.
Find anything: The Around Me App uses your location to tell you the closest ATM, restaurants, supermarket, shops, cafes, pharmacies… whatever you need..
Toilet Finder: Since French restaurants and bars won’t let you use the facilities without buying something, this is one of the most handy apps to have! Ou Sont Les Toilettes? directs you the closest public WC, if it’s free or not (as if…), and gives you a chance to rate it.
Take a walk on the wild side: The IPhiGenie App is a strikingly beautiful map app with local walking trails in purple. It’s only free for the first month (then you must subscribe at 14€/year), so choose the timing of your download carefully.
Eclectic French radio: With Fip you never know what you will hear, be it jazz, obscure rock, classical banjo, Bosnian trumpets, American 50’s, and everything in between. It’s broadcast from Paris and you can’t get it on the radio in Nice, but you can get it with the FIP App.
Size matters: The Handy Convert App lets you find your French size in clothes, shoes, and lingerie.
Peace of mind in an app: Petty crime is high in Nice, especially during the summer, and if, God forbid, you should get pick-pocketed or purse-snatched, or leave your phone on a taxi or bus, you will be SO happy that you got the free Find my iPhone App. It has given me instant calm in the midst of panic on numerous occasions. For other Smartphones, Google’s Android Device Manager App will do the same thing.
Great Apps for Getting Around in Nice
Nice taxis have the worst reputation in France, so nowadays, locals and tourists alike are flocking to Uber: The Uber-X service can be half the cost of a taxi, it’s easy to use (and in English), the drivers are friendly and professional, and you can estimate the fare ahead of time with the app so no surprises. Great for short trips, like to the Matisse museum. Download it ahead of time and you can use the free wifi at the airport to save taking a surly taxi with a reputation for overcharging tourists.
Best GPS app: For driving in France get the free France-focused Wazz app…
French Train Times: The SNCF Direct App is incredibly simple to use and infinitely easier than the SNCF website: with one click this app replicates the big board at the train station on your phone. Great for when you want to know the timing of the next trains, or if you’re late and want to know if the train is also going to be late, so you don’t have to run. Here are more tips for taking the train in Nice.
Italian Train Times: The Pronto Treno App gives you flexibility for coming back from market day in Ventimiglia or Sanremo, especially since Trenitalia doesn’t have printed train schedules. And since Italian trains are almost always late, you can now know this before you get to the train station. Here is the Trenitalia mobile site as well.
Nice Bus Schedules: The Moovit App quickly gives you itinerary options, tells you the nearest bus station, and when you can expect the next bus. If you’re new to Nice, here’s a few tips on taking the bus in Nice.
Bike Rentals in Nice: The Velo Bleu App quickly tells you where the the closest station is hiding, but even better, it tells if they have bikes in stock and/or free places to leave a bike, which makes this app one of the handiest of the bunch. And for your first time with the Velo Blue, here’s a quick guide to how to use ’em.
Nice Flight Arrivals and Departures: Whether you are flying out or picking someone up, with the free Nice Aeroport App you can check if the flight is on time with a simple click. Since the Nice Airport is the only one in the world that doesn’t have a huge sign to tell you which airline is in which terminal, this app is especially useful.
Parking in Nice can be challenging, so get the free Neoparking App not only finds the closest public parking lot, but rates them by how full they are. And as gas stations have all but disappeared from downtown Nice, the free Essence Pas Chere App not only shows you where to find the closest filling station but lets you compare prices to find the best deal.
- Free Wifi in Nice
- How to Stay Connected in France: Internet Data Deals and French SIM Cards
- Phoning from France
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