Travel to Monte Carlo

Flying to Monte Carlo

Monaco doesn’t have its own airport and is served by Nice, which is about 30 minutes away by car or train. More than 40 airlines offer flights in and out of Nice including British Airways, Air France, easyJet, bmi and Flybe. It’s possible to grab a bargain outside the school holidays, but during July and August you’ll pay considerably more.

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 30 minutes; New York - 8 hours; Los Angeles - 11 hours 30 minutes; Toronto - 8 hours 30 minutes; Sydney - 21 hours.

Travel by road

Summary:

Monte Carlo might have a reputation for high speed, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with impersonating Lewis Hamilton on the streets; the city’s speed limits are strictly enforced.

Speed limits vary depending on the weather. In dry conditions, the limits are 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas, 90kph (55mph) in non-built-up areas and 110kph (68mph) on urban motorways.

In wet weather, these lower speed limits apply: 80kph (50mph) in non built-up areas and 100kph (62mph) on urban motorways. These lower limits also apply to motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years.

The legal age for driving is 18 years old. To drive in Monte Carlo, you must have a valid driving licence, insurance documents and vehicle documents. You must also carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket and fit snow tyres if driving in winter conditions.

Monte Carlo’s roads are busy but the city is well signposted and traffic moves slowly, which makes it easy to get around. As with the rest of continental Europe, traffic drives on the right.

Emergency breakdown service:

Dépannage Hercule (tel: 9205 2660).

Routes:

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).

Driving times:

From Nice - 25 minutes; Milan - 3 hours; Toulouse - 6 hours; Paris - 10 hours.

Coaches:

There is no bus station in Monte Carlo as such; instead international buses stop at various points throughout the city. Regular buses, run by French company Rapides Côte d'Azur (tel: +33 4 9385 6444, in France; www.rca.tm.fr), connect Monte Carlo with Nice and other French destinations. Services run to many major French towns and cities as well as to the neighbouring countries.

Travel by rail

Services:

The lavish Gare Monte Carlo is located, quite literally, in the heart of Monaco at avenue Prince Pierre. This underground station can seem confusing at first with its labyrinth of marble corridors and numerous lifts, but study the information posters and you’ll soon find the desired exit. If not, there should be someone on hand to help you.

The station services destinations along the French Mediterranean coastline as well as delving further north into the rest of France. To reach destinations in neighbouring Italy, passengers usually have to change at the Italian city of Ventimiglia.

Since December 2011, the Nice to Moscow train calls at Gare Monte Carlo. This service was relaunched by Russian Railways in 2010 and approximately 6,000 passengers used the route within the first 12 months. The journey takes 50 hours and 23 minutes, two of which will be spent at Gare Monte Carlo.

Operators:

The company running most services to Monte Carlo is French state operator SNCF (tel: +33 805 700 805, in France; www.sncf.com). Trenitalia (tel: +39 6 6847 5475, in Italy; www.trenitalia.com) runs trains from Italy.

Journey times:

From Nice - 25 minutes; Milan - 4 hours 30 minutes; Paris - 6 hours; Geneva - 6 hours 30 minutes.




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