Parking in Nice is not always easy to find, so here are your options for where to park your ride, including a super-secret weekly parking deal.
Free Street Parking in Nice
To find free street parking you have to get out of downtown. The closest to the Old Town is on the streets heading up to Mont Boron, then hop on the bus 14 back down, which passes every 15 minutes.
Metered Parking in Downtown Nice
In town, between 9am-8pm you’ll have to feed the meter (which only takes coins, and spits out a little ticket that you need to put on your windshield as proof of payment). The cost is 1.30€ an hour, but the rub is that the meters have a 2 hour maximum, so prepare to get lots of exercise running back and forth to feed that meter! But at least street parking in Nice is free at night after 8pm, and free on Sundays.
1 Hour Free at Public Parking Lots in Nice
Almost all parking lots offer 1 hour free, including all the parking lots in and around the Old Town, but the catch is that you get charged for that first hour if you stay one minute too long!
Cost: The most expensive lots are Cours Saleya, Palais du Justice, Place Massena, Sulzer on the Prom, and the Palais de la Mediterranee, which all start around 2.50€ an hour, with the price decreasing the longer you stay, totaling around 27€ for 24-hours. Slightly less expensive lots around the Old Town are Corvesy (in the Old Town) and Promenade des Arts near Place Garibaldi, which start at 2€ and finish at 24€ for 24-hours. Here is a cool interactive map of most of the lots in Nice with their hourly prices.
How to Pay: Keep your ticket with you, and when you return you need to find the ‘caisse’ or payment machine, sometimes only available on one floor. You insert your ticket and then pay, either in coins or bills. The machines take credit cards, but only chip-and-pin cards, so American swipe-only cards won’t work. Some, but not all, parking garages have an office where American-style credit cards are accepted. Once you’ve paid, the machine returns your ticket, which you use to get out of the lot.
Best Parking Lots: The nicest parking lots are Promenade des Arts and Parking Sulzer. Both feature more spacious lanes and parking spots, and have little green lights to help you spot what’s open. The Promenade des Arts has the added plus of being above ground and airy (so less claustrophobic) and the new Sulzer lot has super easy access from the Promenade des Anglais.
Recommended Apps: To save yourself circling around in a fruitless search for parking, download either Parkopedia or NeoParking apps for your smartphone. They show the closest parking lots, how to get there, their hourly rate, and even how full they are, so you can target and park, boom.
Weekly Rates and Super Parking Deals
Most lots around the Old Town have weekly rates and I recommend Promenade des Arts (just off Place Garibaldi) and Corvesy (in the Old Town),where it is normally 24€ for 24-hours, but they offer a 7-day deal for 110€ or 164€ for 15 days. You buy the pass from the office when you arrive and then you can go in and out as much as you want during the period covered by your pass.
In the Port, Parking Port Lympia has a weekly rate of 100€, but better yet offers a weekend deal for just 20€ from Friday night to Monday morning.
Insider Tip – Secret Weekly Parking Deal: The best weekly deal is so good that it is not advertised even on the parking lot web site… you have to be ‘in the know’… The Gare Nice Thiers lot (at the Nice train station) is normally 110€ for a week just like all the others, but if you reserve and pay online in advance, you can score a weeks parking for between 62-99€ …or 2 weeks for 110-130€. Space is limited, and prices fluctuate with demand, so reserve as far in advance as you can. This parking lot has easy tram access to the Old Town, so is really a super option.
Free Park and (Tram) Ride Lots in Nice
There are five large ParcAzur lots located at various points along the tramway route, where you can leave your car for free from early morning until late at night as long as you pay for a round-trip on the tramway. A single-voyage ticket won’t work, but you can use a ParcAzur round-trip tramway ticket (3€), the discount 10-trip card (2€ for a round-trip), a day bus/tram pass (5€), or a week bus/tram pass (15€). Only catch: overnight parking is not allowed.
The ParcAzur lots are are at each end of the tram line (Henri Sappia, and Pont-Michel near the new terminus Hopital Pasteur), plus three in the middle at Vauban, Saint-Augustin, …and the super-convenient in-town lot, Palais des Expositions, where the ParcAzur zone is on level 3.
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