Flying by private jet from Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich is one of the most popular private jet routes in Europe, according to the latest report from the EBAA. You can view a comprehensive list of the most popular European private jet routes here.
One of the reasons that this route is so popular is due to the exceptional time savings versus flying commercially. Time savings that are especially noticeable due to the short distance of this particular mission.
Flying by private jet is one of the fastest ways to get between the two cities, taking just over one hour by jet aircraft.
Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, the Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich route is a highly popular one. This makes it a great route to seek out empty legs, which you can learn all about here, and browse our empty leg database here.
Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich Route
The route for a private jet from Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich is a relatively simple one, covering just 235 nautical miles from start to finish.
This makes it within the comfortable range limit of every private jet currently on the market. Additionally, executive turboprops are also suitable for this mission.
Therefore, when selecting an aircraft for this mission, range is not necessarily a critical factor. It will likely be more important to choose the most suitable aircraft based on the number of passengers flying.
You can view and compare the different types of aircraft for this route here.
Given that this mission is only 235 nautical miles, virtually every aircraft on the market is capable of completing the mission.
From executive turboprops to heavy jets, each one is capable of being used on this mission. Moreover, there an infinite scenarios in which a compelling case can be made to use each and every kind of aircraft.
However, generally speaking, larger aircraft would only be used if there were a large number of passengers flying.
When looking for a suitable aircraft, there are many factors to consider. Factors such as passengers flying, fuel efficiency, necessary amenities, and, of course, budget, need to be considered.
When entering this route into our aircraft selector tool, options such as the HondaJet and Embraer Phenom 300 are recommended for smaller groups. Whereas the Embraer Legacy 650E is a suitable option for larger groups.
Of course, note that the critical factor in determining the best aircraft for this mission is the number of passengers flying.
However, given the individual requirements for each and every private flight, we recommend that you use to tool to find the best aircraft that fit your exact requirements.
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
For this popular route, the airport in question is Nice Côte d’Azur, just 4 miles from the center of Nice.
One of the reasons that Nice Côte d’Azur airport is so popular is due to its focus on private aviation.
When flying by private jet, smaller airports are always preferred over big, international airports. One of the key reasons for this is that smaller airports are almost always closer to the city center.
Moreover, the air space for smaller airports is less congested than large, commercial airports. Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule. However, in this case, Nice Côte d’Azur airport is the most popular amongst private jet travelers for this route.
Nice Côte d’Azur airport is operated by ACA – Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, with 23.4% of its traffic being business aviation dedicated. On average, Nice Côte d’Azur airport sees 35,449 movements per year.
For this popular route, the airport in question is Zürich, just 7 miles from the center of Zürich.
Zürich airport is operated by Flughafen Zürich AG, with 8.1% of its traffic being business aviation dedicated. On average, Zürich airport sees 23,078 movements per year.
The five most active aircraft at Zürich airport are the Dassault-Falcon 7X, Global Express, Embraer Phenom 300, Challenger 600 series, and Cessna Citation Excel / XLS. The seven countries that aircraft from Zürich airport fly to the most are Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Spain.
Private Jet from Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich Price
As you will hear whenever trying to get a rough price for a private jet charter, it depends.
However, it is possible to give some ballpark figures. To learn about all the factors that affect a private jet flight check out this article here. Additionally, check out this article to learn about how much a private jet costs per hour.
Due to Nice Côte d’Azur to Zürich being a popular route there will be plenty of available aircraft.
Furthermore, repositioning fees should be minimal as both airports are home bases to many charter aircraft. The main factors that will influence price in this situation are passenger numbers and, in some cases, short leg fees.
It is important here to note why the number of passengers flying will affect the price. The reason is very simple. The more passengers, the larger the aircraft.
When flying by private jet you are chartering (renting) the entire aircraft, as opposed to just a seat. Moreover, larger aircraft are more expensive to charter per hour than smaller aircraft. Therefore, if there are more passengers, a larger aircraft will need to be chartered, and a larger aircraft costs more to fly.
Additionally, the number of passengers actually on the aircraft will not significantly impact the price of the charter.
Prices for this route will vary from €5,510 for an executive turboprop, such as a Pilatus PC-12, to over €15,435 for a large jet. These are one-way price estimates for the entire aircraft. Below is a table detailing the estimated all-in-flight cost for certain aircraft types.
|Aircraft Class||Aircraft Model||Max Passengers||One Way Price|
|Very Light Jet||Cessna Citation Mustang||4||€5,875|
|Light Jet||Embraer Phenom 300||9||€6,173|
|Medium Jet||Cessna Citation Sovereign||12||€7,816|
|Large Jet||Dassault Falcon 900EX||14||€15,435|
Keep in mind that these prices are estimates only and one way only.
Clearly, the cheapest aircraft per passenger will be an executive turboprop. These aircraft represent an efficient, and comfortable, way to fly privately.
However, the compromise that passengers must make over a light jet is speed. Jet aircraft are simply quicker.
If you wish to get the price estimate for any private jet mission, along with other information, check out our flight cost calculator.
Finding an empty leg between Nice Côte d’Azur and Zürich will be the most cost-effective way to fly this route by private jet.
This is thanks to empty legs costing up to 75% less than a regular chartered flight.
However, there are some compromises that need to be made.
Learn everything you need to know about Empty Legs here.