Trip to Monte Carlo: how to go from Nice airport to Monaco

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 (Leeds).

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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.

Hotels in Monte Carlo – Monaco

Have you booked accommodation for your stay in Monaco yet? Take a look at our recommended hotels: the Novotel Monte Carlo and the Fairmont Monte Carlo.


Beach vacation in the French Riviera: flying to Nice Cote d’Azur airport in France

Every lover of the Mediterranean lifestyle has the French Riviera among the destinations on their travel bucket list. Whether it is a summer trip to Nice, a vacation in Cannes or a luxury stay in Monaco, Côte d’Azur prevails over other European beach regions when it comes to enjoying a lavish seaside getaway. Travellers aboard flights coming from abroad generally land in Nice International airport, roughly 6 kilometres from the centre of the city of the same name, to resume their journey to some of the best beaches in France.

Hotels in the French Riviera

Flights to Nice – Côte d’Azur airport in France

You can fly to Nice in France with most major international airlines; some of these carriers include Emirates (operating flights from its base in Dubai airport), Wizz Air (from airports across Europe), Vueling (from Barcelona), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), Smartwings (Prague), Swiss (Geneva and Zürich), Scandinavian Airlines (Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm Arlanda), Ryanair (Dublin), Qatar (Doha), Monacair (Monaco), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), LOT (Warsaw), KLM (Amsterdam), Jet2com (Manchester and Leeds), Iberia (Madrid), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Austrian (Vienna), Aegean (Athens) and British Airways (London City and Heathrow). If you want to book flights from the United States to the French Riviera for your European vacation, know that both United and Delta fly to nice from Newark and JFK in New York during the peak season.

How many terminals does Nice airport have?

There are two terminal buildings in Nice – Côte d’Azur airport in France, and you will find complimentary electric shuttle buses linking the two passenger terminals and the car parks on site every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Hotels in Nice, France

How to get to the centre, Cannes or Monaco from the airport

Nice city is less than 30 minutes away from the airport if you travel by bus (route 12) or tram (lines 2 and 3). You may also find authorized taxis outside the Arrivals zone of each terminal; they charge around 32 euros per journey from Nice airport to the centre.

Cannes lies 25 kilometres away from Nice – Côte d’Azur airport, and you can get there by taxi for 85 euros approximately. Otherwise, if you have time to spare you may take the train for a much lower fare (around 30 euros), although it will require at least one transfer and nearly one hour and a half to reach your holiday destination.

Monaco, 30 kilometres away from the airport terminals, may be reached by taxi as well, for 90 euros. Should you want to travel longer distances within France, Flixbus buses departing from Nice airport can take you to Marseille and Lyon, among other french cities.

Closest hotels to Nice airport in the French Riviera

Finding a hotel near Nice airport to spend the night close to its facilities might turn out to be highly convenient for those catching an early morning flight back home or having a late-night arrival. All three recommended hotels near Cote d’Azur airport below stand less than one kilometre away from the passenger terminals.

Sheraton Nice airport hotel

4-star hotel featuring an onsite restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool for guests, bar and fitness center. There is free WiFi all throughout the property.

Campanile Nice Aéroport

This budget-friendly 3-star hotel right across from the terminals of Nice airport offers fully equipped guest rooms with complimentary WiFi and modern meeting facilities.

Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport

This 4-star hotel in the Arenas district of Nice offers comfortable accommodation and amenities with direct transport links to the downtown.