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Nice (not the airport!) to Monte Carlo?

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Noosa, Australia
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Nice (not the airport!) to Monte Carlo?

Hi, we're flying into Nice and then staying there for four nights. We're then going on to Monte Carlo afterwards but aren't sure how to get there. Judging from what other people have said on here, the train is one method...but is it practical to take our suitcases and bags etc on the train? If it is just a normal metroline it seems like we might be better off getting a taxi or something instead of lugging our bags up stairs and inconveniencing everyone on the train. Can anyone shed any light on what kind of trains travel between Nice and Monte Carlo? Thanks very much.

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1. Re: Nice (not the airport!) to Monte Carlo?

If you have several large bags and suitcases, I'd opt for taking a taxi. It may seem expensive (around 70 euros), but at least it will take you door to door.

There are several types of train running between Nice and Monaco. There are the long distance TGV types that have originated in Paris, there are the double decker commuter trains and the old fashioned commuter trains. You're not really supposed to get on the TGV/long distance trains without a proper reservation, but many people ignore that and just get on with a plain, local ticket.

If you decide to get the train, don't travel during rush hour.

The bus is also an alternative, although again, IMO it's a pain with luggage, and can be very busy, since it's so cheap at 1 euro.

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If you were in Nice for 3 days wat would you do if you wanted also to go to Mont carlo for a day and Cannes for a day also

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I just got back from Cannes and Monaco yesterday, we used the trains extensively during our visit, from Nice airport to Cannes, then a day trip to St Raphael to visit St Tropez, another day trip to Antibes and Juan Le Pins, and then from Cannes to Monaco. We only had a small hand luggage size case each, so didn't have an problems, but we also saw loads of people with massive cases! The trains are a good way to get around in my opinion if you are travelling light. I don't know if i'd fancy it with large luggage.

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One more thought:

If you are spending some time at the Côte d'Azur, why not taking a rental car, even for a day?

There are many nice places between Nice and Monaco or, as ukdiva already mentioned, even further away, it might be a good idea to travel by car and do some stops.

You can spend a wonderful day driving from Nice to Villefranche (cute village with a nice medieval part), around the Cap Ferrat (botanical gardens at Villa Ephrussi Rothschild), up to Eze Village and the Col d'Eze (try lunch at the little Hermitage Hotel there), you can enjoy a beautiful coastal view from La Turbie (Roman temple ruins) and stop at the Vista Palace Hotel for a drink with a spectacular panoramic view over the Principality.

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Hello!

We will be hiring a car in August and was wondering what the parking was like in Monte Carlo and NIce? Is there a parking lot or do we just find parking on the streets?

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6. Re: Nice (not the airport!) to Monte Carlo?

Bonjour!

Just saw your question and will answer immediately:

There are underground parking places available everywhere in Monaco with space for almost 8.000 cars, conveniently located to all major attractions. Parking fees are normal; the most expensive parking is the garage at Casino Square, In all underground parkings the first hour is free of charge.

There's a parking system (automated billboards) announcing which garage is full or how many places are available.

All underground parkings are indicated on the printed city map, as well as an interactive map online at www.monaco-parkings.mc, which also show availabilities in real time!

If you need some detailed information, why not contacting my friend and former colleague Martina in Dubai; she knows Monaco very well. Her business contact: martina.hugo@gebs-uae.com

Parking in Nice is a different story. Yes, there are underground parkings as well, but the parking situation is tight anyway. If you do not stay in Nice directly, use public transportation (bus or train), the inner city tram line, the excursion busses for sightseeing and electric rental cars and bicycles for transport within the city or short excursions.

Enjoy your stay!

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7. Re: Nice (not the airport!) to Monte Carlo?

A car in August is not a good idea. From experience, expect to spend long periods sitting in traffic.

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