Bicycling in Nice

Bike lanes in Nice

During the Covid confinement, the city of Nice took advantage of the fact that no one could go out… and just went wild creating painted and protected bike lanes all over town.

Now, Nice is literally crisscrossed with yellow bike lanes, the most beautiful of which is the seaside bike path that traces the entire length of the Promenade des Anglais, continuing all the way to Cagnes-sur-mer, and from the airport you can even go far inland following the banks of the Var river.

Here is a map of the current bike lanes in Nice – solid lines are one-way and protected, dashed lines are two-way and marked, but not protected.

Map of urban bike paths in Nice
  • Insider tip: As tempting as it is, technically it is illegal to ride on the tram tracks, and from time to time the police make a big show of writing a bunch of tickets (135€!), so glide down that sweet pristine tram track at your own risk!  Same fine for biking on the sidewalks, but with so many bike paths cris-crossing the town, there is no need.  Other rules to be aware of: no earbuds or phone use… so don’t take that rolling selfie!

The downtown and seaside bike paths are just for starters!  If you really want to cycle Nice, there are sooo many great scenic rides down and up the coast, plus world-class mountain biking the hills above Nice.  Check out this awesome Nice-based cycling map from BikeMap.net with a bunch of suggested itineraries, with all details like if they’re paved or not, flat or hilly, distance, etc. Serious riders can even experience the official Tour de France routes, or replicate Lance Armstrong’s grueling training routes from Nice.

Map of NoloBici bike rentals in Italy

For more casual riders, there are lots of easy seaside routes, but one of the most amazing is just over the border in Italy. Just take the train from Nice to Italy and rent cruiser or electric bicycles in Sanremo, then pedal down the Italian coast on a flat, peaceful, and uncrowded bike path that goes for 24 km (15 miles), with gorgeous scenery and lots of beachside restaurants to stop at along the way.  In Sanremo, just head down to the beach path where you’ll find NoloBici bike rentals; they are super friendly and helpful, have cruiser bikes and electric bikes, and have locations in all the little towns along the coast.

Café Culture in Nice

Go hang out in one of Nice’s cool cycle cafés, where you can not only rent a bike, but also meet like-minded adventurers and share tips and itineraries.

Cycling cafe in Old Nice

In old Nice try the Service Course Café, a specialty coffee house with tapas, plus custom bikes, rentals, and a curated selection of premium cycling products.  A veritable ‘hub’ for cyclists, they organize group rides and social events. 1 Rue de l’Ancien Sénat, just off the top of Cours Saleya; open every day.  Tram stop Cathédrale.

At the far end of the Port you’ll find Café du Cycliste, a loft-like bikers hang-out/café/boutique/bike repair and storage.  16 Quai des Docks, tram stop Port Lympia.

Another good address for veloists is Bicicletta on 9 rue Defly which doesn’t have a café, but does specialize in stylized bike art, curious biking accessories, and vintage bicycle souvenirs.  Tram stop Garibaldi.

And if you are here in March, don’t miss the colorful seaside Prom finish of the famous Paris-Nice bike race!

Where to Rent a Bike in Nice

You can use the Velo Bleu self-service share bikes or even electric share bikes (click here for step-by-step on how to use the Velo Bleus) which are all over town and super cheap …but come with the hassle of having to return the bikes every half-hour, plus they are heavy and can be kind of glitchy.

If you just want to rent a well-maintained bike the easy way, pop into one of the many local bike rental shops and rent a city cruiser, mountain bike, electric bike, or racer.  You can rent bikes by the day or week, starting at 15€ a day for a basic model.

Guided Bike Tours

Nice Cycle Tours  offers a 3-hour Nice sightseeing tour in English for 35€, which includes the bike rental, helmet, a drink, and a lively guide.

French Riviera eBike Tour  Hit the road for some great views, a medieval hilltop fort, surprising stories, and the most beautiful little town on the coast, and best of all the e-bike does all the work! 4 hours for 50€.

eBike the Vineyard Tour Explore the wine country of Nice on electric bikes, including a private Bellet vineyard tour, a wine tasting, and time to picnic amongst the vines. The 5-6 hour tour in English costs 75€.

All three of these can be booked at A Taste of Nice, 9 Rue Colonna d’Istra, next to Marinette restaurant in the Old Town; tram stop Opera.  +33 9 86 65 75 17, or email: booking@atasteofnice.com

Holland Bikes does more European-style Nice city tours on Dutch bikes for 29€.  2 Rue Blacas, tram stop Massena.

For cycling tours along the Riviera that are a little more intense, check out Azur Cycling Tours.

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