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Nice is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and capital of Alpes-Maritimes département, Provence–Alpes–Côte-d’Azur region. The city is located on the Baie des Anges, 32 km from the Italian border. Sheltered by hills, Nice has a pleasant climate making it the leading resort city of the French Riviera.

Public transport in Nice is by bus and tram, provided by Lignes d’Azur. The buses and trams run in the city with links to nearby medieval towns. A special bus runs to the mountains and express buses to the airport.

Buses in Nice form a dense network of connections, some streets having separate bus lanes. Nice’s buses are kept in good technical condition most with air conditioning. After 10pm there is a  night bus service. Longer routes from Nice run to Cannes and Monaco.

Trams. There are three tram lines in Nice: T1, T2 and T3. The first line, T1, connects two points in the north of the city by passing through the south near the sea through Massena Square, creating a kind of  “U” shape on the map. The T1 tram connects the main train station, Gare Thiers, with Garibaldi Square and the surroundings of Nice’s Old Port.

The second tram line , T2, connects the Old Port with Nice’s airport, running east and west. In the center of Nice this tram goes into a tunnel, where there is the Jean Medecin stop, the nearest stop to Gare Thiers station with an interchange to the  T1 line. The last stop on this line is the Old Port of Nice some 26 min from the airport.

The T3 tram connects the airport with the stadium.

Narrow Gauge, Nice to Digne-les-Bains

Construction of the meter gauge line began in 1890 and was completed in 1911. Lines from Nice, Gare du Sud, ran to Grasse, Puget-Théniers, opened in 1892, Digne (opened in 1911) and Annot.

In 1991 the Gare du Sud closed and services moved to Nice CP station.

The railway was closed between November 1994 and April 1996 due to the flooding of the river Var, cutting the line in several places.

The line is 151 kilometres long, comprising of 27 tunnels, including the 3,457-metre-long Tunnel de la Colle Saint-Michel. The exit of the tunnel, Dignes-side, is at an elevation of 1,023 metres.

In Digne there was also a former standard gauge railway line to Grenoble operated by SNCF. However in Digne the former station of the CP is no longer used, the track and the ticket hall being relocated to the former SNCF station building.

Steam trains are operated during the summer season between Puget-Théniers and Annot. A postal service is also operated.


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