Located on the Côte d’Azur (The French Riviera), Nice is a cheaper destination than the ultra-lux destinations of Monaco and Cannes. This Mediterranean city has a large beach (although it is rocky), beautiful weather, and a relaxed attitude. Prices for food and attractions are fairly reasonable for Western Europe, but accommodation (especially hostels) can get expensive. The summers are the busiest and most expensive time of the year, so it’s smart to book your lodging early.
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Average Daily Costs for Visiting Nice, France
Below is our breakdown of how much you can expect to spend on an average day for the budget-conscious traveler. These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Average Daily Costs for Budget Travel In Nice: €45 (Approx. $50)
- Attractions: €10 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €22
- Breakfast: €4
- Lunch: €5
- Dinner: €9
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €3.50
- Transportation: €2.20
- Accommodation (Hostel): €17
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel In Nice: €31 (Approx. $35)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €12
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €4.50 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €7 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (walk)
- Accommodation (Cheap Hostel): €11
Nice Attraction and Museum Prices
Nice attractions are affordable and the public beaches are always free.
- Marc Chagall Museum: €9
- National Museum of Sport: €7
- Museum of Contemporary Art: €10
- Matisse Museum: €10
- Nice Archeological Museum: €10
- Monument aux Morts: Free
- La Crypte Archeologique: €5
- Walking & Tours: Free- €100
Consider a bicycle tour along Nice’s coastline and through the city; €30 covers bicycle and helmet rental on a tour. Riviera and shore excursions are more expensive, but they offer the chance to see Nice and Cote d’Azure from the sea – expect to spend €90-€100 per person on a day trip in the French Riviera.
Nice Food Prices
Traditional Nice cuisine is heavily influenced by Mediterranean cooking, with emphasis on seafood, olive oil, and fresh vegetables. Try local favorites: socca, a chickpea flour and olive oil crepe, and ratatouille, a tomato, eggplant, and zucchini dish. Cafés are more informal and have less expensive meal options than more formal restaurants.
Budget Breakfast: Free – €4
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- A cup of coffee and pastry runs €1.75-€3.
- Kiosque TinTin is a popular local favorite that sells breakfast and lunch sandwiches. €2.50-€3.50
Budget Lunch: €3.50–€6
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Socca from a stand in the city costs €2.50-€4.
- Kebabs or falafel from a stand run €2.50-€4.
- Mediterranean cafés and take-away are common, with Greek and Turkish food being most popular. Expect to pay €3-€6 for a meal.
- Pizza at a sit-down or takeaway pizzeria will run €4-€6.
Budget Dinner: €4–€10
- Pretty much all the options from the ‘Budget Lunch’ section above will also apply for dinner.
- Niçoise salad, a cold salad with anchovies, shallots, tuna, and – sometimes – potatoes, is a Nice culinary staple. Expect to pay €8-€12 at a sit-down restaurant for this traditional favorite.
- Farcis, hollowed-out zucchini or eggplant stuffed with meat, garlic, and breadcrumbs, is another local dish. €7-€11.
- Take-away sandwiches, burgers, and kebabs run €3-€6 for a cheap dinner.
- Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is a popular local choice and runs €3-€5.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Expect to pay €4-€5.50 for a beer out.
- At a grocery, beer runs €.90-€1.75, and a bottle of wine about €6.
Nice Transportation Prices
Public transit in Nice is served by bus and trams throughout the city. The city’s trams run every 4 minutes, starting at 4:25am.
One ticket: €1.50
10 journeys: €10
7-day unlimited pass: €15
Airport transit from city center
via Tram: €6 (line 98 and 99)
via bus: AERO line, €6
via taxi: €25-€30
Bicycle rental: VeloBleu bicycles are available for 1 day/week/month rentals (€1/€5/€10) throughout the city.
Nice Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Accommodation in Nice is pretty pricey — especially in the summer since Nice is a beach destination. Expect to pay a premium on the weekends, so visit during the early week if you want to save. Furthermore, you may want to book ahead in the summer since demand is high. Airbnb is also popular in the city, so that’s a good option if you want a little more space and privacy.
Hostels: €30-€65 (bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about 35€/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices significantly on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €90-€135 total (for two people), so it’s probably a better deal to rent an apartment.
Budget Hotels: €78-€150
A decent budget hotel near the city center will cost around €100-€120/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city or if you don’t mind staying in a junky place.
Rental Apartment (Airbnb): €60-€110/night
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
There are quite a few nice Airbnb options available in Nice — you should be able to find a highly rated studio or 1-bedroom for around €50/night, but I’ve seen some as cheap as €45/night. If you want to rent a room in someone’s place, expect to pay around €30-€55/night.
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