Monte Carlo Travel
The closest airport, the Nice-Cote d’Azur International Airport in Nice, France, is 15 miles from Monte-Carlo. It supports daily flights to most large cities of the world.
Rapide Cote D’Azur bus services connect the two terminals at Nice and continue on to the principality of Monte-Carlo. Taxis are also available outside the airport – it’s a good idea to negotiate a fare beforehand.
Good train services connect Monte-Carlo to neighbouring Italy and France. Two to four trips per hour head between Monte-Carlo and Menton, Nice, and Cannes in France and Ventimiglia in Italy. From Paris, a TGV train will take you into Monte-Carlo in six and a half hours.
A network of highways connects Monte-Carlo to France or Italy. The A8 goes westward from Monte-Carlo to Nice and Marseilles, and eastward to the border of Italy.
More scenic routes include the Basse Corniche (Low Coast-Road – Highway 98) along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche (Middle Coast Road – Highway 7) through the Eze-Village, and the Grande Corniche (Great Coast Road) through La Turbie and Col d’Eze (Eze Pass). If you do not wish to drive yourself, taking a taxi between Nice and Monte-Carlo is an affordable choice.
There is no central bus station in Monte-Carlo, but buses do run between Nice and the city. Monte-Carlo is also served by as many as six urban bus systems. These buses take you to all the tourist attractions, but run only until 9:00 PM.
Private yachts are welcomed at Monaco’s beautiful Port Hercule, which has room for mooring and anchoring up to five hundred vessels. Numerous Mediterranean cruises also make their stops at this port. The Port of Fontvieille, recently integrated into the new district, has room for as many as 60 vessels.
HeliAir Monaco provides the option for arriving in a grand style. This is the way to go if you want to be welcomed like a celebrity or a member of royalty. The helicopter ground crew fetches you and your luggage from the helicopter waiting area and takes you by van to the Nice heliport. You fly along the majestic coast and land right at the water’s edge at the Monaco heliport. From there, a car service with chauffer will take you to your hotel.