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 #33 back down, which passes every 20 minutes. Cimiez hill is another option, with the bus #5 bringing you back down.
30-Minutes Free Street Parking Downtown
New for 2021, there is now 30 minutes of free street parking in town during the week, 1 hour free street parking on Saturdays, and street parking is always free evenings and Sundays.
Even during the free time, between 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, you’ll still need the little ticket from the meter, which spits out a little ticket that you need to put on your windshield. If you plan on staying longer than the free 30-minutes, you can pay with coins, cards, and now you can even plug that meter from afar by smartphone with the PayByPhone app or at www.paybyphone.fr.
After the free period runs out the meter charges start racking up fast, but the max is only 2.60€ for the max time of 2 hours 15 minutes, or just 1€ on Saturdays.
Overstay the maximum 2 hours and 15 minutes? The city has done away with traditional parking tickets, and instead you now get charged a flat “post parking fee” of 16€, and will get another one every 2 hours and 15 minutes.
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 Méditerranée, 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. …Or better yet, download the Parkopedia app for your smartphone. It shows the closest parking lots, how to get there, their hourly rate, and even how full they are, so you can target and park, boom. It shows 0€ as the hourly rate on the map, since the first hour is free at most lots, but if you click on the lot then the 0€, you see the parking rates by the hour. Super handy!
How to Pay: Keep your ticket with you, and when you return you need to find the ‘caisse’ or payment machine, usually only available on one floor. You insert your ticket and then pay, either in coins, bills, or by credit card. 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.
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 5-day deal for 90€, 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 30€ from Friday night to Monday morning, or a 100€ 7-day deal.
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 week’s 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 (tram stop Gare Thiers), 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 lines (Henri Sappia, and Pont-Michel near the new terminus Hopital Pasteur), plus four in the middle at Vauban, Saint-Augustin, at the Nice Port …and the super-convenient in-town lot, Palais des Expositions, where the ParcAzur zone is on level 3.
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