Nice has a good cycle scheme, with about 1,700 blue bicycles available across the city at 175 stations, so you are never more than 300 metres from a bike.
They're easy to use, with either a contactless card which can be picked up from Ligne d'Azur offices or with your mobile phone. As with many of the European bike schemes, the first half an hour of rental is free.
Half an hour to an hour costs 1€ and every hour after that is charged at 2€ per hour. You can generally get from one side of Nice to the other within half an hour and there is no limit to how many times you can use the bikes, so you can travel wherever you like absolutely free.
The system is easy to use; you can either call in to one of the Vélobleu or Ligne d’Azur offices and pick up a swipe card or just follow the instructions at the bike station and call the given number on your mobile phone. There will be an English option and then you’ll be guided through how to rent your bike. You can also take out weekly, monthly or annual subscriptions if you are going to be in Nice a while.
There are plenty of bike lanes throughout the city, including one which runs the entire length of the Promenade des Anglais, making Vélobleu a great way to explore and see the sights of Nice. There is even a bike station at the airport and a bike lane that runs all the way into town, so if you’re travelling light you can cycle into Nice straight from your flight.
All the stations are listed on a downloadable map on the Vélobleu website; they go as far as Cagnes-Sur-Mer and Saint Laurent du Var, so they can be used in place of the bus or train if you want to go for a day out.
- First 1/2h: Free
- 1/2h to 1h: 1€
- Extra hour: 2€
- Suppliers of
- Equipment rental
- Bike Scheme
- 06102 NICE