A large city on the spectacular French Riviera, Nice is known for its natural beauty and ethnically diverse culture. The city has a cosmopolitan Riviera vibe, where visitors can soak up the atmosphere of outstanding restaurants, fashionable boutiques, sun drenched beaches (usually pebble and not sand), and the views of the sparkling blue water that gave its name to the Cote d'Azur. The city's airport serves as a hub for Air France and EasyJet, with both airlines providing a large number of flight deals from Gatwick as well as other UK-based airports. With such a large selection of destinations to choose from, the low-cost carrier EasyJet is a good option for getting cheap flights to the French Riviera. Tourists will enjoy exploring the world renowned waterfront Promenade des Anglais, or taking a relaxing stroll up to Castle Hill with its beautiful views of the city and the Bay of Angels. The city is also known for its many high quality museums; entry to most of these are free. Some of the city's most renowned museums are in Cimiez; including, The Museum of Asian Art, and the Musee Matisse. This area is also home to the Parc Phoenix, which has over 2500 different plants in the vast botanical gardens.
Perhaps the fastest and most efficient way to get from the airport to the city centre or central train station, is the airport express bus. The 98 bus to Gare Routiere, or the 99 bus to the Gare Nice Ville, costs just EUR6 and are accessible from both Terminal 1 and 2. The 98 runs every 30 minutes from 6AM to midnight, while the number 99 bus runs every 30 minutes from 8AM to 9PM. You can pay the driver onboard the bus, and make sure to ask for the "Pass de Jour", which provides unlimited travel on local buses for that entire day. Another good option for travel to the city centre is to walk to the nearby airport train station. All train journeys to the city are quite reasonably priced, and should cost no more than EUR10.