…Fancy a 2 night weekend for 2 in the beautiful South of France this Spring for £170, including flights, transfers, hotel and a trip to another country thrown in? Then read on!
Welcome to Fly Away Fridays, where I pick a random weekend and find the cheapest flights/destination and work out some Save, Spend and Splurge options for you to explore that city.
Flights, transfers, hotels and an activity will be included in each FlyAwayFriday and all prices will be correct as of the day it’s published (bear in mind with cheap flights they can go up or down in price quite rapidly). All costs will also be based on 1 adult and 1 (7 year old) child as that’s how I roll but I’ll include the prices so you can quickly work out how much it will cost if you’re a couple/bigger family etc.
I won’t be including the cost of travel to the airport/airport parking as obviously everyone lives in different places and has different transport options. I also won’t be including the price of food so make sure you add these into your calculations based on your family or group.
NICE: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020.
FLIGHTS: COST £87 1 x adult and 1 x child return inc hand luggage, 1 x 10kg luggage and reserved seats
London Stanstead to Nice with Ryanair
Friday Outbound: Dept – 12.50pm Arrive 15.55pm
Sunday Inbound: Dept 11.35am Arrive 12.40pm
If this weekend doesn’t suit, there are flights every weekend in March for between £30 and £50 per adult (without baggage) so it’s worth using Skyscanner to have a search.
TRANSFERS: COST £5 return. (€1.50 per person each way)
New for 2020 there’s a tram right from the airport to the city centre which runs all day. Tickets available from the airport.
TOP TIP: Beware getting taxi’s from the airport as they have a flat rate charge of over £30 to get to the town centre which is only around 10 minutes drive away.
STAY: £73 (2 people for 2 nights).
There is quite a variety of hotels in Nice, from budget friendly to all out luxury, if you want a cheaper option, stay closer to the airport, with buses to the centre costing just €1.50 each way you can save a fair bit.
SAVE: £73 Magnan Hotel
A basic but clean budget friendly option, the hotel is at the start of Promenade des Anglais and with easy walking distance of both the town centre and port. £73 gets you a double room with a sea view and for just a small amount more, you can also get a balcony to watch the waves rolling onto Nice beach.
TOP TIP: Check out the bakery behind the hotel, the perfect place to pick up some delicious treats and pain au chocolate for breakfast.
SPEND: £140 Hotel Ellington Nice Centre
A 5 out of 5 rated hotel in the centre of Nice, reasonably priced with all the usual amenities and nice looking rooms.
SPLURGE: £434 Hotel Le Negresco
If you want all out luxury there is only one place to stay in Nice, Hotel Le Negresco. Opened in 1813, it has an art collection worthy of a museum, gourmet dining and it’s own private beach.
ACTIVITIES: £5 (Save Option)
A walk along the promenade is the perfect way to spend your time in Nice, check out the beautiful views, play in the numerous parks and splash about in the fountains in Place Massena, you can even take a free elevator to the top of Castle Hill to save your legs.
But with a whole other country, and a very special one at that, less than 30 minutes, and £5 away, you simply have to take a trip to Monaco while you’re in Nice. The bus runs from the Port in Nice to Monaco regularly every day and costs €1.50 each way per person.
TOP TIP: Sit on the right side of the bus leaving Nice, the views are absolutely spectacular.
The bus does get crowded so for a slightly more expensive (£8.40 for 1 x adult and 1 x child) but quicker trip, jump on the train.
While you can cover plenty of ground on foot in Monaco the easiest way to get around is by hop on hop off bus. Without stops the journey takes roughly an hour and it takes you right across the tiny country. The views are amazing and there is plenty to see and do along the way.
SPLURGE: £54 (Hop On Hop Off bus, Aquarium and Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection).
There are so many things to do in Monaco, and luckily the bus drops you off right outside most of their doors. Maybe a trip to the palace, or a visit to the Zoo is your thing? The aquarium (Musee Oceanographique de Monaco) should definitely be on your list however, it’s one of the best in Europe, and you can buy a combined ticket for it and the Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection for just £28 for one adult and one child,
TOTAL – 1 x Adult and 1 x (7 year old) Child
Have you been to Nice and Monaco? What would be your top things to do?