Av Jean Médecin runs south from near the main train station to place Masséna, close to the beach and old town.

From the airport, 6km west, promenade des Anglais runs along the curving beachfront (Baie des Anges), becoming quai des États-Unis near the old town. Vieux Nice (Old Nice) is crunched into a 500m-by-500m area enclosed by bd Jean Jaurès, quai des États-Unis and the hill known as Colline du Château. The trendy Port Lympia-Place Garibaldi area lies to the east of Colline du Château.

The wealthy residential neighbourhood of Cimiez, home to some outstanding museums and belle époque architecture, is north of the centre.