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Apart from being a stunning city and one of France’s most iconic travel destinations, Nice is also known to be expensive, exclusive, and sophisticated. Many tourists don’t consider Nice a budget-friendly attraction. Despite these, visiting and exploring this beautiful city doesn’t have to be expensive – and even though it is hard to agree that the most economical adventurer can have a fascinating tourist experience; it is actually possible. Travelers can explore this city even on the tightest budget – thanks to the abundant less expensive things to explore. This is how you can explore Nice on a budget.


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Getting To Nice On A Budget

Already in Europe? Well, one can go for affordable airlines, like easy jet and Ryanair, which fly travelers to Nice at a pocket-friendly price of 100 euros or less, depending on the time of the year. Reaching Nice on a bus is another cheaper alternative and offers an incredible opportunity of viewing other cities along the way. Most popular bus services in Nice include Flixbus, Eurolines, Isilines, and Ouibus. The trip to Nice on a bus usually takes between 3 and 10 hours, depending on which Europe side one is traveling from.

Getting to Nice on a train is also a popular option and allows travelers to engage with other passengers on the train and even make friends! SNCF is a cheaper and more reliable option for trains – and they don't waste time. However, travelers are going to find this train expensive if they don't book tickets on time.

Where To Stay In Nice On A Budget

As expensive as Nice is known to be, getting accommodation at a budget-friendly price is not impossible. Hostels and guesthouses are charging as low as 15 euros. And yes, the rooms are well furnished and come with a TV and really comfortable beds to lay on.

Hostel Meyerbeer offers plenty of room options – from private rooms to plenty of family-friendly arrangements. The private rooms serve breakfast - something great for someone exploring Nice on a budget. The hostel is located near a beach and guarantees incredible views of the surrounding.

Hostel Smith Beach is appreciated for its great hospitality. The Hostel's staff is welcoming, and one will feel like they're at home. Located near the old town and beach, Hostel Smith Beach is a beautiful place to stay on a Nice tour. This hostel is perfectly suited for couples going on a romantic getaway in Nice and should be a top priority when in search of accommodation. The hostel’s rooftop terrace is a great point to enjoy some great views and share travel stories.

At Hotel Ozz By HappyCultuere, travelers will live in simple, but clean and well-maintained rooms. The hotel’s quirky look is appealing, and the staff is also efficient and friendly. Another popular hotel is Star Hotel Nice France, an extremely clean accommodation space with great value. Travelers can never go wrong choosing to stay here.

When To Explore Nice On A Budget

Travelers looking to stay on a budget should avoid exploring Nice in Summer (August) as this is the peak season and things are very expensive. This is the time when businesses, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions make the most money. The popular attractions become overcrowded, flights get pricier, and the temperature is not that pleasant. The carnival season (February) is also not that great unless one is specifically visiting Nice to experience the popular Carnaval. During this time, flights are not expensive, yes, but finding accommodation will be challenging as the prices hike and other travelers book them fast. The best times of the year to visit and explore Nice on a budget are May, June, and September. There are fewer crowds, things are generally affordable, and the weather is favorable.

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Where To Eat In Nice On A Budget

What could be more fun and satisfying than eating some delicious local dishes prepared by Travelers can totally spend hundreds of euros to acquire a meal in this fine city, but there are plenty of budget-friendly restaurants to try out.

Chez Pipo is a great eating spot to try out some Nice dishes, including socca. The food eatery offers other specialties like Tourte aux blettes, and it is nowhere to go when visitors are in hurry. Chez Theresa is another popular restaurant where they mainly serve socca. Chez René Socca serves socca and beignets, and travelers have to queue and then sit at the tables outside and order a drink if need be. The restaurant is friendly and allows for maximum relaxation.

La Pizza is another food eatery located almost everywhere in the city and offers a variety of local dishes to choose from. This pizza restaurant has been serving pizza since 1956. Fenocchio is a nice ice cream parlor. The parlor is run by a family and serves 59 ice creams, 94 flavors, and 35 sorbets. The parlor operates in two branches, which both get closed from November to March.

With that, almost any amount can have someone enjoy a great city break. As long as travelers plan well for their trip, Nice is always nice, regardless of what's in their pockets.