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Euro 2016: Essential travel guide for the Northern Ireland fan heading to France

Northern Ireland's travelling support will be painting France green and white as they flock in their thousands for the Euro 2016 tournament.

And while there will be Fanzones galore and plenty to keep you occupied - here is a guide to help you get around when you are there.

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NICE - Northern Ireland v Poland

Northern Ireland's first Euro 2016 game is in Nice.

It is France's second most popular tourist destination after Paris.

Stadium: Stade de Nice (City Centre 12km, Airport 6km)

How do I get around when I'm there?

Nice is relatively spread out but it is pedestrian friendly and it seems walking is the way to get around.

Buses and trams in Nice are run by Lignes d’Azur and tickets cost €1.50 (or €10 for a 10-journey pass)

Night buses run from roughly 9pm until 2am.

Nice's single tram line from the city centre to the northern suburbs is recommended for getting across town.

Trams run from 4.30am to 1.30am.

Car - Nice has a one-way system, and pricey parking

Things to do:

The Old Town

A lively area both day and night crowded with restaurants, bars and cafes.

Parc de Château

For the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up on the eastern edge of the old town. The most impressive and stunning views of the old town are available.

Promenade des Anglais

Lonely Planet call it the most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France.

It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des Anges with a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters

More information

Nice tourist information

Public transport in Nice

Lyon - Northern Ireland v Ukraine

Northern Ireland's second game on June 16 is in Lyon.

Stadium - Stade de Lyon (City centre 12km, Airport 15km)

How do I get around when I'm there?

Lyon has buses, trams, a four-line metro and two funiculars linking Vieux Lyon to Fourvière and St-Just are operated by TCL

Public transport runs from around 5am to midnight.

Tickets valid for all forms of public transport cost €1.80 (€16.20 for a carnet of 10) and are available from bus and tram drivers as well as machines at metro entrances.

More information

Tourist information for Lyon

Public transport in Lyon

Things to do:

Vieux Lyon

Lyon Old Town. One of the largest old towns in France and has largely remained intact for centuries with typical Lyon restaurants.

Parc de la tete d'Or

Located on the banks of the Rhone, in the heart of Lyon, its 117 hectares, are the Parc de la Tête d'Or, the biggest urban park in France.


Home to the most popular shopping streets from Place Bellcour to Place des Terreaux.

Paris - Northern Ireland v Germany

Northern Ireland's third game of the group stages is in Paris against Germany.

Stadium - Parc des Princes (City Centre 8km, Orly airport 18km, Roissy airport 35km)

How do I get around when I'm there?

Public transport is the quickest way of getting around Paris.

Metro and RER - They run from around 5.30am and finish around 12.35am or 1.15am (around 2.15am on Friday and Saturday), depending on the line.  A single ticket for the Métro and RER costs €1.70.

Bicycle - Drop off bikes operate across 1,800 stations citywide.

Bus - There are over 300 bus routes

Boat  -The Batobus is a handy hop-on, hop-off service stopping at nine key destinations along the Seine

More information:

Public transport in Paris

Tourist information for Paris

Things to do:

The Eiffel Tower

This needs little explanation. It's synonymous with Paris and is definitely on the bucket list of anyone visiting. Be sure to catch it at night when it is lit up.


Take some time out and soak up the culture as you visit the famous Mona Lisa.

Nottre Dame cathedral

Paris' most visited unticketed site, with more than 14million visitors per year. A masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.

Language guide

There is little doubt the Ulster boys will be making all the noise in France - but here are some helpful translations that will help you share the craic with the locals.

Euro 2016: Your essential Northern Ireland phrases in French  

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