If you are planning a trip to Monaco, you may probably be searching for the best way to travel to this charming principality between Italy and France. Due to its proximity to the French city of Nice, most travellers visiting Monte Carlo arrive by air through the international terminals of Nice Côte d’Azur airport, then using alternative transportation methods to cover the distance separating it from their final destination. The most frequently chosen transport options to travel from Nice airport to Monte Carlo include bus, train and helicopter.
A road journey from the passenger terminals of NCE to the principality takes about 35 minutes to be completed, the distance to be covered being almost 30 kilometres. However, should you want to add a bit of luxury to your trip, a helicopter ride will only take 7 minutes and will undoubtedly help create some fun and unforgettable memories. The staff at Nice Côte d’Azur airport will provide all the information and assistance you may need regarding this and other transportation means in any of its two buildings (T1, T2). In order to decide which one suits your needs best and to purchase tickets, head over to their different desks in the arrivals area; further details are explained later on in this post.
Flights to Nice in France
Although the listed below are not the only ones, we have gathered some of the main international and European airlines selling flights to Nice, either seasonally or regularly. Thus, you can travel to Monaco by flying to Nice first with:
Seasonal: Aegean Airlines (from Athens), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Air Baltic (Riga), Air Canada Rouge (Montreal), British Airways (London Stansted and Manchester), Delta (New York JFK), Finnair (Helsinki), SAS (Stavenger, Gothenburg), Tui Fly Belgium (Charleroi, Marrakech) and Jet2.com (Leeds).
Regular: Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air France (Paris Orly and Paris Charles de Gaulle), Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London City, Gatwick and Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Czech Airlines (Prague), Emirates (Dubai), Eurowings (Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart), HOP! (domestic destinations within France), Iberia (Madrid), KLM (Amsterdam Schiphol), LOT (Warsaw), Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Copenhagen, Oslo Gardermoen and Stockholm Arlanda), Qatar Airways (Doha), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), Swiss International (Geneva, Zurich), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon) and Vueling (Barcelona).
How to travel from Nice Côte d’Azur airport to Monaco
After landing in Nice airport, we have several options to get to Monte Carlo from the passenger terminals, and our commute will not be longer than the usual journey from any other airport in the world to the city centre.
Several companies offer rides so that arriving passengers can travel from Nice airport to Monte Carlo by helicopter. Aside from the obvious perks of this option and the views you will get while commuting, this sort of shuttle often gives you the opportunity to book packages that also entitle you to be taken from Monaco Heliport to your accommodation in Monte Carlo at no extra charge. One-way tickets start from 130 euros, even though you are advised to look out for promotions, especially if you book online and in advance.
If you would like to travel to Monaco by train, you will need to transfer to St Laurent du Var railway station, located 1,5 kilometres away from the NCE passenger terminals. There, take an SNCF train to Monaco-Montecarlo termini. Ticket fares range from 1 to 6 euros, and the journey takes 35 minutes approximately.
Bus line 110 (Monaco Express) is popular among travellers landing in Nice, enabling them to go from Côte d’Azur International airport to Monte Carlo as effectively as by rail. The last stop is Monaco Place d’Armes, and fares range from 20€ (one way) to 30€ (return); travellers under 26 years old can get discounts and you can also benefit from lower rates if you plan to commute frequently during your stay by purchasing multiple trips.
Lastly, a more expensive way to travel from Nice airport to Monaco yet still a convenient and quick one is to fly with the regional airline company Monacair, which connects the two points regularly.