Auron is easily accessible by bus from the nearby city of Nice, making it a convenient destination for locals and tourists, especially if you want to go skiing! Here is how to get from Nice to Auron by bus.
How to Take the Nice to Auron Bus
Getting to Auron from Nice is easy! The bus leaves from the Grand Arénas Nice bus station and arrives in Auron in 2 hours. Here is the information that you need to know about the bus.
How to Buy a Bus Ticket in Nice
Once you arrive in Nice, you’ll need to buy a plastic card at one of the ticket machines that are located at most tram stops that will keep your bus and tram tickets on it. There are ticket machines at both of the Airport terminals right next to the tram itself.
Although you can refill this card using the Lignes d’Azur Tickets app, you have to obtain the plastic card first before you can refill it using the app.
You only need to buy one card if you’re traveling in a group, and you can scan that card multiple times to count for everyone in your group.
For example, my husband and I share a card, and when I get on the tram or bus I will scan my card twice.
You can use the Ligne d’Azur Mobile app or Google Maps to find the best route from where you’re staying in Nice.
The bus that you will be taking is Bus 91. This bus departs from the Nice Grand Arénas bus station 1-3 times a day depending on the day of the week and if the Auron Ski Resort is open.
Here is a table so you can better understand the but times:
As you can see in the table, when the Auron Ski Resort is closed (during the Summer and Fall) there is an 8 AM, 4 PM, and 6:30 PM bus from Monday to Saturday and an 8 AM bus on Sundays and holidays.
When the ski resort is open, there is an 8 AM, 4 PM, and 6:30 PM bus from Monday to Friday during school days.
On Saturdays and school holidays, there is a 9:30 AM, 4 PM, and 6:30 PM bus. On Sundays and holidays, there is a 9:30 AM bus.
The tickets only cost €1.70 for one way. You can buy a plastic card that will hold your tickets at any tram station so make sure to buy them before you get to the bus.
Getting to the Grand Arenas bus station is easy. If you are coming from the Nice Airport then you can just walk to the station if you are at Terminal 1 or take the tram if you are at Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 for free and then just walk.
Bus 91 100% Snow (Bus 100% Niege)
You will have to have reservations for this bus a day in advance and it costs €6 for one way and only runs during the winter season.
The Snow Bus Service leaves from the Nice Vauban Bus Station at 07:20 daily, 11:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and days off, 13:15 on only Saturdays, and 17:20 on only Fridays.
This bus will leave every day no matter the conditions and will get you to the slopes about 30 minutes earlier and the bus comes back to Nice an hour later which means you get an hour and a half more time on the slopes!
The Bus then comes back to Nice daily at 17:00, 13:00 only on Saturdays, and 08:30 on Saturdays, Sundays, and days off.
If you want to buy a ticket here is the link: Bus 100% Niege.
Stop in Saint Etienne de Tinée
The buses also stop in the town just below Auron called St Étienne de Tinée. There is a lift in this city too that will let you get up to the Auron ski resort.
It is usually cheaper to stay in the city if you are planning to spend multiple days skiing. You can also buy lift tickets at the Télécabine de la Pinatelle.
How Long is the Ski Season in Auron?
The ski season at Auron typically runs from mid-November to mid-April, but the exact opening and closing dates can vary based on snow conditions and other factors.
The resort’s opening and closing dates are usually announced a few weeks in advance, and it’s a good idea to check the official website or contact the resort directly for the most up-to-date information.
Keep in mind that weather patterns and snow conditions can also impact the length of the ski season, so it’s always a good idea to check conditions before planning a trip to Auron or any other ski resort.
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