Going To and Around Monaco: Transportation
From air, sea, to land, there are many choices of transport mode tourists can make to get them to the destinations in Monaco. Numerous private companies offer exclusive transportation such as cars, limos, and taxis, even yachts, but popular among traveler is the public mode of Monaco transportation such as the following:
The A8 Autoroute (also known as la Provençale) provides links to the Principality with France, Italy, and the rest of Europe.
- The exit from Italy is the toll-free way N°58 with the route of Roquebrune- Monaco- la Turbie. One should take the Vista Palace Hotel slip road(D.51) going to Moyenne Corniche, then entering Monaco via Beausoleil.
- Exit 65 is the direct access from Moyenne Corniche. It goes to the Principality through a section of the A805 autoroute. Though this is the fastest route, it is also the busiest.
- Exit 57 traverses the Turbie village before taking one back to Moyenne Corniche. After reaching Avenue de la Victoire du mai 1945 junction, turn right straight to Cap d’Ail. Next, take Avenue Prince Rainier III, then move along the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique.
Monaco has a public bus line that is not only budget-friendly but also accessible. Compagnie des Autobus (CAM) operates from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and has night services from 9:20 pm to 12:20 pm every day. On Fridays and Saturdays, the service extends from 12:20 am to 4:00 am. Automated ticket machines are on each stop, and the buses stop at all major tourist destinations.
- Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo, and St-Roman (LINE # 1)
- Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo, and Jardin Exotique (LINE # 2)
- Place d’Armes, Railway Station, Monte- Carlo, and St-Roman (LINE # 4)
- Railway Station, Fontvieille, and Hospital (LINE # 5)
- Larvotto Beach and Fontvielle (LINE # 6)
- Nice, Monaco, and Menton (LINE # 100)
- Nice Airport, Monaco, and Menton (LINE # 110)
A hop-on hop-off bus service is also available and do tours in many major tourist attractions in the Principality.
The SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer français) is a French-operated train service that traverses Monaco on the hillside high above the waterfront. There is a railway in Monaco that is underground and links Marseilles (France) through Nice and Monaco to Ventimiglia (Italy). The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) and the TER (Transport express régional), both under SNCF has access to railway above ground. The train leaves every 15 minutes, but access is not available on late hours and in the early morning. The primary station is the Gare de Monaco. The station is served by the following services:
- High-speed services (TGV) goes from Paris, Cannes, Nice, up to Ventimiglia
- EuroCity services (Thello) goes from Marseilles, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Ventimiglia, Genoa, going to Milan
- Night services (Russian railways) comes from Nice, Milan, Innsbruck, Vienna, Warsaw, Minsk, to Moscow
- Local Services (TER Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur) comes from Grasse, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, to Ventimiglia
TRAVELATORS AND ELEVATORS
Part of the effort to improve transportation in the Principality, there are several inclined lifts to help passengers, visitors, and tourists in going to places. There are travelators/elevators connecting the following list of places:
- Place des Moulins and the beaches
- Princess Grace Hospital Center and Jardin Exotique
- Port Hercule and Avenua de la Costa
- Place Str Dévôte and the area of Moneghetti
- The Casino terraces and the Boulevard Lousi II
- Avenue des Citronniers and the Avenue Grande-Bretagne
- between the highway and Boulevard Larvotto
The closest airport is the Nice-Côte-d’Azur airport as there is no airport in the Municipality. The airport link is Bus # 100. The Monaco Heliport is the only air transport facility in the Principality. The Heliport features shuttle services to and from Nice airport and some helicopter services charter transport to some French ski resort.
The two ports are the Port Hercule and the seaport in Fontvieille, where seasonal ferries provide services going to nearby towns like St-Tropez and Nice. A shuttle ferry known as the Bateau Bus is available that runs across the bay. It is a solar powered ferry making rounds between quai Antoine 1er in Monaco-Ville and quai des États-Unis in Monte Carlo.
Visit the Principality’s official tourism website here.