We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

Which Nice hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Manchester, United...
Level Contributor
11 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

I have just found out that I have won 2 night accomodation at the Fairmont in Monte Carlo!! Having checked that it is all above board (it's a reputable company running the comp) I am now in a quandry about how feasible it will be for us to accept the prize.

I have priced up flights and they were not too shocking, but is there a cheap way to travel from Nice airport to Monte Carlo. We will only have hand luggage, so I was thinking public transport rather than taxis.

Our breakfasts & 1 evening meal are included, along with a spa treatment each. Is it possible to get something chaep to eat for our 2nd night meal, & I mean take away cheap not restaurant lol!

I know this probably sounds crazy, staying at the fairmont, travelling by bus & eating takeaway, but it a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, so I am really hoping that someone can help me, otherwise, I might have to think about selling the hotel voucher.

Thanks in advance, Lorraine x

Nice
Level Contributor
12,655 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

It is easily do-able on a budget

with just handluggage, take inter terminal shuttle to arenas business district just after terminal 1. Walk to Nice st augustin station - take train http://www.rivieralife.tv/riviera_life.htmto monaco - 4euros20 per person single takes 30 mins

There are snackbars, takeaway type places and cheap eats in monaco - pizzas, sushi McDs etc

have a great time =]

Edited: 03 May 2011, 19:06
London, United...
Destination Expert
for Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer
Level Contributor
3,139 posts
13 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

Hopefully you will have a little spending money? Whilst you don't have to travel or eat at any great expense in Monaco (and stay away from the Hotel mini-bar!) , there is a fairly stiff entrance fee to many of its attractions, like the Musee Oceonographique, the Jardin Exotique and the Prince Ranier Vintage car collection.. It would be a shame to go all that way just to walk the streets. A few things are free, like the slots room in the Casino, but you will need some pocket money to make the most of your trip.

Nice
Level Contributor
12,655 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

If you arrive in the morning, and take train to monaco, you can show your train ticket to get a reduction on entrance to the Musée océanographique de Monaco so Adults: 10,50€ instead of 14€;

don't use the open top bus tour buy a 3 euro day ticket for the monaco buses

route map and more info here. with your day ticket make sure you use the bateau bus across the port -its only a few minutes sailing but gives great views of the superyachts etc

http://www.cam.mc/plan-reseau.php

Edited: 03 May 2011, 20:44
Guildford, United...
Level Contributor
6,146 posts
71 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

You can enjoy yourself in the South of France, including Monaco, without spending more than you would in Manchester. All local bus fares, apart from those to and from the airport, are one euro and there are scores of places to buy such things as filled rolls, bread, fruit and so on. The Fairmont is a lovely hotel and I am sure you will have a great time. I spend a lot of time in Villefranche, which is a few miles from Monaco, and there are times when I am out and about all day and don't spend much more than £5 or so. Fill up on the buffet breakfast and it will keep you going. Apart from the cactus garden at nearby Eze, where I mainly like the view, I almost never pay for entrance to anything. Most beaches are free and the sun and the magnificent scenery don't cost anything either.

Terra Ceia, Florida
Level Contributor
1,815 posts
81 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

If you run out of inexpensive things to do, jump on bus 100 heading west toward Nice. Sit on the left side and enjoy wonderful views. Jump off and on within 80 minutes for 1 Euro each way...

Manchester, United...
Level Contributor
11 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

Thank you all so much. You have given me a lot of incredibly useful advice, I am so grateful for you taking the time to help me out.

I am actually starting to believe that we can do it!

So, am I right in thinking that the cheapest way to get form the airport to Monte Carlo is a bus to Nice and then a bus from Nice to Monte Carlo? (is this the bus number 100?) Does anyone know how train fares compare for the same journey?

Nice
Level Contributor
12,655 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

cheapest way would be bus 23 from terminal 1 to joseph garnier bus stop then walk a few mins to liberation tram stop. then get on tram using same ticket-revalidate in the machine stop at opera/vieille ville , get on number 100 bus pay a euro .

Bus trip will cost you 2 euros and take you 2hours minimum , train is 4 euros 30m as mentioned above , takes 30 mins for train plus 10 mins walk from Arenas to the station if you use shuttle, 20 mins at most if you walk from terminal1

Edited: 03 May 2011, 21:56
8. Re: Travelling Nice to Monte Carlo on a budget, is it possible?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 29 October 2012, 19:16