The bus ride from Nice to Monaco on the Bus #100 (Monaco/Menton) is just possibly one of the most stunningly beautiful bus rides in the world. Don’t be tempted to take the Monaco Express 100X, as you will save only 10 minutes driving time but will miss all the gorgeous scenery.
Where to Catch the Bus 100 to Monaco
During the work going on in the Port for the new tramway line, you now catch the bus 100 at the top of the Port, on the little side street next to the church.
Insider tip: The 45-minute drive to Monaco is absolutely stunning, so sit on the right side of the bus if you can. If the bus is crowded, instead of standing, better to wait 15 minutes for the next one, be first in line, and get your pick of the seats for the best view.
The bus leaves every 15 minutes during the week, and every 20 minutes on Sundays and French holidays, and the drive takes 45 minutes. Click here for the most recent schedule and timing for Bus #100 (Monaco/Menton)
The Price… Just 1.50€ !
It’s one thing about going to Monaco that is a deal: just 1.50€ each way! You can buy your ticket from the driver as you board, but note that if you are using a Ligne d’Azur day pass/week pass/or ten-trip card, they are accepted on this bus only for destinations up to Monaco, so for Monaco and Menton you will have to buy a new ticket.
Ticket Azur/Correspondance Ticket
You can also go to the Ligne d’Azur boutique ahead of time (across from the Promenade du Paillon just off Place Garibaldi, or across from the Train Station) and buy a Ticket Azur (also known as a ‘Correspondance Ticket’) for the same price of 1.50€, but the advantage with the Ticket Azur is that it works for one transfer in Nice within 2 1/2 hours. This Ticket Azur is worth the trouble if you plan to take the Nice tramway or another bus before going to Monaco, and will save you buying two tickets when you could just by one Ticket Azur.
From Nice you can only buy it from the bus boutique, but on the way back you can only buy it direct from the driver (ask for a ‘Correspondance ticket‘).
The Bus Stops in Monaco
Place d’Armes – this first stop is right at the entry to the tunnel. Get off here and head down for the path up to the Old Town and Palace grounds, or, if classic cars are your thing, go right and take the elevator down to Prince Rainier’s Classic Car Museum located in the mall. Just down from this bus stop have a coffee amongst the stalls at the Condamine Market, one of the few places where you can eat well and relatively cheaply for Monaco. Follow the path up the hillside to the Palace grounds, and if pomp and pageantry is your thing watch the daily changing of the guard ceremony at 11:55am (but get there early, especially in summer). If the Palace flag is flying, it means Prince Albert is in house. Don’t bother with the Palace tour, it’s a snooze, but instead go see the Cathedral where Princess Grace was married and is now buried, and then check out the Jacques Cousteau Oceanographic Museum.
The Port – Get off here for a gander at super-yachts next to the outdoor Olympic-sized public swimming pool (and super fun ice skating rink in winter). The port is the site of the start, finish, and pits of the Monaco Grand Prix, and has a lot of fun port-side bars, and the back streets hold some reasonably priced boutiques, including Le Dressing, Monaco’s only vintage consignment shop which is full of eccentric finds.
Monte Carlo/Casino/Tourist Office – First, pop into the Tourist Office if you want to get an elusive Monaco passport stamp! Now walk down through the gardens to Casino Square for epicenter of casinos, grand hotels, opera house, jewelry stores, haute couture boutiques, and a parade of luxury cars like nowhere else. Don’t let the bouncers dissuade you: go ahead and walk right in to the entrance to the Opera House and Grand Casino, but to get into the famous Casino itself, you’ll need to pay a fee, show your passport, and have a jacket for men (All the other Casinos are free, try the one next to Cafe du Paris). Walk between the Cafe de Paris and the Grand Casino and head to the far side to see the famous hairpin turn of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. If you are feeling spendy, lunch at the Cafe de Paris is the thing to do, or for a quick bite that won’t break the bank, try Lina’s in the opulent white marble Metropole shopping center. To catch the bus #100 back to Nice from here, go back up to the bus stop then cross the street to the left, which is also where you can catch the bus #112 to Eze (see below).
Place de Moulins – Get off here and turn right to take the public elevator down to the seaside for the Grimaldi Forum exhibits, the Japanese Gardens, the Museum Sauber, and the Monaco beaches… This is the best stop for getting a good seat on the Bus 100 back to Nice before it fills to standing room only, especially in summer.
If you stay on the Bus 100 to the end you will end up in Menton, which is quite wonderful as well.
Getting around once in Monaco
You can take the local bus to get from one end to the other, the color coded lines are really easy to figure out. Tickets cost 2€ from the driver and are good for 30 minutes; or save some centimes and buy from the machine for 1.50, but I advise taking a day-pass for 5.50€, or the twelve-trip card for 11€ (available only from the machine) so that you can go everywhere at a whim and won’t miss a thing. Monaco even has a floating bus: during the summer, the bateau bus (boat shuttle) will ferry you across the Port for the price of a bus ticket!
If you want to pop up to Eze
Go back up to the Tourist Office/Casino bus stop and cross the street and go a half block to the left; this is the Casino bus stop going in the other direction (towards Nice), and this is where you catch the Bus #112 for the 20 minute drive to the perched Medieval village of Eze. The bus only runs Monday-Saturday, and goes only every couple of hours (roughly around 10am, noon, 3ish and 5ish, but pop into the Monaco Tourist Office to get the flyer with the exact times. To get back to Nice from Eze, you can take either Bus #112 or Bus #82 from Eze, which between them leave approximately once each hour for the 30-minute drive back down to Nice. Again, drop into the Eze Tourist Office when you arrive for printed bus schedules to make it easy.
Getting back from Monaco during the day
This is a popular route so it is best to get on at the earlier stops because at busy times it could be standing-room-only by the time it gets to the Port. If the bus is already full it will say “Complete” and will blow right past you, but there will be another one in 15 minutes…
Insider tip: Coming back from Monaco, smart shoppers get on at the stop at the top of the Casino Gardens (by the tourist office), or even Les Moulins, one stop further back on the same road and just 10 minutes walk, rather than risk standing-room-only at the Place d’Armes stop in the Port.
Getting back from Monaco at night can be tricky
The bus 100 stops running at around 8:30pm, so after that you have to take the train (but they don’t run late either, incredibly, 9:20pm is the last!) The exception is Thursday/Friday/Saturday when there is a special N100 night bus leaving from Place d’Armes at 11:40pm, 1:10am, 2:40am and 4:10am, to bring you back to Nice, where it will drop you off in the Port.
If you miss the last bus, or even the last train, instead of taking a taxi back which will set you back around 90-100€, better to take an Uber which will only cost around 40€. The catch is that Uber is banned in Monaco, so what you need to do is walk up to the top of Casino Square, past the bubble shops, and up the stairs, then cross the street. Now you are no longer in Monaco, but in the French town of Beausoleil, and now Uber will work!
…Or just roll with it and find a casino, an all-night restaurant (Tip Top) or dance ’til dawn (Jimmyz) when the trains and buses start running again…
See related pages
- Taking the Train in Nice with info on the train from Nice to Monaco
- Boat to Saint-Tropez with info on the special Boat to Monaco for the Monaco Grand Prix for Free and the summer International Fireworks Competitions
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