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How to get to Monaco by air, rail and road

If you’re wondering how to get to Monaco, rest assured that its excellent transport links make planning a journey very easy.

Monaco may be tucked away in its own sunny nook on the Cote d’Azur, but it is still easy to access from around the world. Nice Airport is well-positioned to serve as Monaco’s gateway to international destinations. Those living in Monaco get to experience a cosmopolitan city-state with its own culture, but it’s also right on the doorstep of the French Riviera and Italy for weekend jaunts and business travel.

Flights to airports near Monaco

There are several airports near Monaco, but Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is the closest entry point for international flights. It is France’s second-busiest airport outside Paris. Nice Airport is  served by major airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates and Delta, as well as short-haul budget flights all year round. Direct flights to New York take nine hours and non-stop flights to Dubai take six hours.

Nice Airport is around 25 kilometres from Monaco and can be reached by car/taxi, helicopter, train and bus. Cannes Mandelieu Airport also offers regional flights and is an hour’s drive from Monaco. For an extensive choice of flights, some Monaco residents prefer to fly into a larger air hub like Paris and connect with a regional flight or take the train to Monaco.

Drive to Monaco

Monaco is a 30-minute drive from Nice International Airport. Taxis cost around 100 euros each way. If you arrive at a busy time of day prices can increase so it’s worth trying to pre-book a taxi with a fixed fare or reserve a seat on a private shuttle bus.

Car rentals are available at the airport. When driving from Nice, follow the A8 towards Monaco, take exit 56 and continue onto the A500 and D6007. When arriving in Monaco from Italy by car, take the A10/E74/E80 and A8 to Route de la Turbie or the D2564 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. If you don’t have a car of your own, hiring one will give you more freedom and independence to explore the countryside, towns and villages surrounding Monaco.

Parking is at a premium in the Principality, but residents can benefit from secure, private parking in some buildings. It is worth asking your Monaco real estate agency if a prospective new home has a private car park or a garage.

Helicopter from Nice to Monaco

Arrive in style on a Nice-Monaco helicopter.  It is the quickest and most stress-free way to travel to Monaco. A helicopter from Nice to Monaco takes just seven minutes. Although more expensive than other options, it is the best way to beat slow-moving traffic and reach your destination in comfort. The breathtaking aerial views of the Riviera’s iconic coastline, mansions and sparkling blue waters are a huge bonus.

Monaco helicopters leave every 15 minutes and flights are combined with a chauffeur-driven vehicle to the place of your choice in the Principality. You can also travel by helicopter to Cannes, St Tropez, the Alps, and other nearby destinations.

Take the bus to Monaco

The #110 express bus takes you from both terminals at Nice Airport to Monaco in 45 minutes. A cheaper but much less convenient option is to take a bus to the centre of Nice and then take the #100 bus to Monaco from the port. The journey (which costs 1.50 euros) takes an hour and can be slower during peak times. At rush hour, in the summer and during special events, the Monaco bus can be extremely busy and fill up quickly. Suitcases have a surcharge of €5 and you pay €1 for hand luggage.

Take the train to Monaco

The train to Monaco is less frequent and more expensive, but also less crowded if you avoid rush hour. If you are arriving by air, you will first need to take the bus #99 to Nice station. From there, the journey to Monaco takes less than half an hour.  The Monaco to Nice train takes you to Gare de Nice-Ville in under half an hour. For the return journey, you have the option of staying on the train until it reaches Nice-St Augustin and then walking for 15 minutes to Terminal 1.

Looking for a property in Monaco?

For information about our properties for sale and rent (and how to get to Monaco to meet our team), please contact La Costa Properties Monaco.