Monaco famed for its glamour, wealth, blue waters of the Mediterranean. And Monte Carlo is a home to the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, the European Poker Tour, and the Monte Carlo Rally.
There is no airport in Monaco. Nice's airport is the main gateway for Monaco, Monte Carlo. This modern and efficient airport is located 24km (15 miles) west of Monaco. No formalities are required to cross the frontier between France and the Principality of Monaco. Cannes and Nice are 50km (31 miles) and 18km (11 miles) west of Monaco. The French/Italian border and Menton are 12km (7 miles) and 9km (6 miles) east of Monaco.
Each mode of travel to Monaco has its own costs and benefits, and here we'll explore each of them.
Travel time 6 min, cost 95-100 Euros a person
If you have deep pockets and the idea of flying over all appeals to you, there is helicopter service to Monaco. The fare depends upon the time of year.
Travel time : 45 min
There are regular Rapide Cote D'Azur buses connecting Monte Carlo with both the terminals at Nice Cote D'Azur airport. There is no bus station in Monte Carlo. bus service stops at major hotels. There are good connections with the surrounding areas, with regular services as outlined. Nice:Seaside route with stops at Cap d’Ail, Eze-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Middle Corniche route with stops at Cap d’Ail, Eze-Village and Col de Villefranche. Route 100 leaves every 15 minutes from the central bus station (Gare Routière) in Nice and costs €1. An express shuttle, route 110, links the Nice Côte d'Azur Airoport and the Monaco.A single ticket costs €14.90
It is a nice way to travel because you can see more than on the train.
Travel time 30 min
The ubiquitous taxi is another comfortable way to reach Monaco. A 15% tip is usual. A taxi all the way from Monte Carlo would cost quite a lot; you could easily take the train to Nice and then a taxi to the airport. A taxi from the terminal building to Monte Carlo currently costs €80-90.
Travel time 30 min
The TGV Méditerranée line runs between Paris and Monaco takes 6 and a half hours. You can take train from Monte Carlo to Cannes, and Nice is one of the stops on it.
Nice to Monaco train schedule can be downloaded here.
The A8 is the road that brings most of the traffic in and out of Monaco and Monte Carlo. From Monte Carlo, it heads west towards Nice and Marseille, and east towards the Italian border. Between Nice and Monaco, there are also three more scenic roads: the Basse Corniche (Low Coast-Road - Highway 98), along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche (Middle Coast Road - Highway 7), going through Eze-Village, and the Grande Corniche (Great Coast Road), going through La Turbie and Col d'Eze (Eze Pass). Be sure to take the lower corniche road out of Nice to Monaco--the middle and upper roads are not to be driven at night your first time on them. Scary even during the day time.
You will be paying €13 for 8 hours in all car parks, with the exception of "Place d'Armes" & "Centre Commercial Fontvieille" that would be twice this amount for the same duration.
If you are looking for the cheapest possible all day parking I suggest you to go for the one at the railway station ("Parking de la Gare") for the following reasons :
- easy access to/from the Moyenne Corniche via Bld du Jardin Exotique (and thus to/from the Grande Corniche that you will be travelling onto via at least 3 different itineraries)
- pedestrian access through lifts and galleries to places of interest such as the old town (Monaco-Ville/Le Rocher) and the harbour
- within reasonable walking distance of the Casino
- it is one of the largest car parks
This car park wouldn’t be the most convenient only if you were to spend your day in Monaco on the beach.
There is little need to hire a car in Monte Carlo as the city is quite compact, parking can be an expensive pain and it is often quicker to walk when making journeys around town, but having a car to visit Eze village is a real plus (travel time : 15 min) The rental car offices are all conveniently located right in front of the terminal building. If your flight leaves from terminal 1, you will need to take a shuttle bus there from terminal 2 (takes about 10 min. + waiting time) I suggest you look around on the internet at the different cities and get an idea of what they are like. There are art museums in Nice for instance.
Travel time: 20 min
Monaco's two ports are no strangers to private yachts. Boat trim from Nice to Monaco from 15th of June till 15th of September. You can easily rent a motor scooter in Nice and take a short trip east along the sea into Monaco. The views are beautiful and the ride is fun along the seaside road.
It is possible to hire a bicycle from the Auto-Moto-Garage on the Rue de Millo. If you bring bikes, head toward the hinterland.
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