Cheapest way to get to Nice?

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1. Posted by kerryl (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I'm not sure this is the right place to post, hoping so!
I'm quite an inexperienced traveller but would love love love to be able to travel to Nice to spend News Years with my boyfriend. It's been a pretty naff year (as it has for everyone!) and this would just completely make it for us.

As far as I am aware, with coronavirus, they allow people in providing a negative test result 72 hours prior to travel?
I am living in England and would ideally travel from Gatwick, however can travel to other airports/destinations.

My only issue is that I am a University student so I do not have much money at the moment, so I'm really just looking for the cheapest way to get there - but also one which doesn't require toooo much changing because I am quite an anxious traveller!

Was just wondering if anyone can help?
Thanks

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2175 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

As well as figuring out how to get there, you need to consider what happens if something goes wrong.

If you catch covid, your travel insurance may not cover you. It won't cover you or your partner needing to stay longer in isolation, and check whether you would be covered for medical expenses.

What happens if there is a local clampdown while you are there, or if travel back is halted because of the pandemic? You may be required to quarantine on your return to the UK.

Have you reason to think there will be New Year celebrations in Nice as normal? Many places have cancelled everything to dissuade people from mingling.

Are you living in a Tier 3 area? As I understand it, you should not travel outside your area. If your tier changes to 3 before you travel, you would have a problem.

Personally I think it's a really bad idea and I'd stay safe instead.

See Government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1445 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I agree with Andy. If you don't have much money and flexibility, it might be problemmatic at this time to travel to Nice from the U.K.

Depending on where you live, and when you plan to fly, consider this:

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/228478.aspx

Also consider restrictions in France that could crimp your holiday: https://www.thelocal.fr/20201210/french-pm-to-lay-out-latest-rules-on-lockdown-and-christmas

A check with Google.com/flights indicates that you are likely to pay two to three times, or more, to fly nonstop R/T from London to Nice than if you were to travel after the holidays. So if money were an issue it would pay to defer travel until later. There's another advantage to waiting: The prospect of fewer restrictions if and when the pandemic eases.

4. Posted by kerryl (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

As well as figuring out how to get there, you need to consider what happens if something goes wrong.

If you catch covid, your travel insurance may not cover you. It won't cover you or your partner needing to stay longer in isolation, and check whether you would be covered for medical expenses.

What happens if there is a local clampdown while you are there, or if travel back is halted because of the pandemic? You may be required to quarantine on your return to the UK.

Have you reason to think there will be New Year celebrations in Nice as normal? Many places have cancelled everything to dissuade people from mingling.

Are you living in a Tier 3 area? As I understand it, you should not travel outside your area. If your tier changes to 3 before you travel, you would have a problem.

Personally I think it's a really bad idea and I'd stay safe instead.

See Government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Hi Andy,
I am in Tier 2, as far as I am aware the travel restrictions allow you to travel to France providing you have a negative test result 72 hours prior.
I would be staying at his parents house and am well aware of the quarantine on return which I would be doing of course.
France are lessening restrictions for a period over the Christmas break. Also, it's more just about being together for the New Year though, even if it meant staying in.

5. Posted by kerryl (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

I agree with Andy. If you don't have much money and flexibility, it might be problemmatic at this time to travel to Nice from the U.K.

Depending on where you live, and when you plan to fly, consider this:

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/228478.aspx

Also consider restrictions in France that could crimp your holiday: https://www.thelocal.fr/20201210/french-pm-to-lay-out-latest-rules-on-lockdown-and-christmas

A check with Google.com/flights indicates that you are likely to pay two to three times, or more, to fly nonstop R/T from London to Nice than if you were to travel after the holidays. So if money were an issue it would pay to defer travel until later. There's another advantage to waiting: The prospect of fewer restrictions if and when the pandemic eases.

Ok thanks
Guess it's a no-go.
Was just hoping there was some obscure cargo boat service or something I could pay to jump on

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1878 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Take serious note of Andy's advice above.

As you intend to enter France in 2020 your EHIC will remain valid until you leave but you also need proper travel health insurance. An EHIC does not cover the cost of repatriation.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-residents-visiting-the-eueea-and-switzerland-healthcare

At the moment there is no requirement for UK citizens to have a Covid test before or on entry to France BUT be aware that things can change quickly:

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

Train: https://www.eurostar.com to Paris then SCNF train to Nice: https://www.sncf.com/en

Flights: use https://www.skyscanner.com to find flights and fares BUT book on the airline's own website.

It would normally be possible to travel by coach (London>Paris then Paris>Nice) but Covid has affected services and timetables. Explore these websites:

https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/destinations/paris/london-to-paris

https://www.flixbus.co.uk/bus-routes/paris-nice

https://www.thetrainline.com/bus-companies/eurobus

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8. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 129 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

No New Year Eve Celebration will be allowed in France, no restaurant, no bar, no authorization to go outside after 20h !
Better change your plan !