Catch Bus #100 (Monaco/Menton) from the center of the Port, overlooking the boats. It leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays and French holidays. The 45-minute drive to Monaco is absolutely stunning, so sit on the right side of the bus if you can. 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.
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’s good from Monaco to Cannes and far inland, and works for one transfer within 2 1/2 hours, with the added advantage of working on the local Monaco bus. This Ticket Azur is especially worth the trouble if you plan to take the Nice tramway before going to Monaco, and will save you buying two tickets when you could just by one Ticket Azur. Or, with the Ticket Azur, you can get off in Monaco at the top of Casino Square in Monte Carlo, and then use your same ticket catch the local Monaco bus for free to get to the Palace.
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
When you get to Monaco, the stops are:
- Place d’Armes – this first stop is right at the entry to the tunnel. Get off here to go to the Old Town (Monacoville, also known as ‘The Rock’), the Palace or to the Classic Car Museum.
- The Port – Get off here for super-yachts, fun bars, the outdoor Olympic-sized public swimming pool (ice skating rink in winter) and reasonably priced shopping. Also access to The Rock, or Palace grounds from here.
- Monte Carlo/Tourist Office – Walk down through the gardens for the casinos, top hotels, opera house, jewelry stores, haute couture, and the white marble Metropole shopping center. To catch the bus back from here, cross the street to the left.
- Place de Moulins – for Forum Grimaldi exhibits, the Japanese gardens, the Museum Sauber, and the beaches… go right as you get off the bus and take the public elevator down to the seaside.
- If you stay on the bus you will end up in Menton, which is quite wonderful as well.
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, a day-pass for 5.50€, or the super-bargain twelve-trip card for 11€ (available only from the machine). Monaco even has a floating bus: the bateau bus (boat shuttle) will ferry you across the Port for the price of a bus ticket!
This is a popular route so it is best to get on at the beginning of the route 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… For this reason, when coming back from Monaco at rush hour (when workers are returning home to Nice), you would be wise to get on at the stop at the top of the Casino Gardens (by the tourist office), or even Les Moulins, rather than risk standing-room-only at the Place d’Armes stop.
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 100 night bus leaving from Place d’Armes at 11:40pm, 1:10am, 2:40am and 4:10am, to bring you back to Nice.
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!
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 and the summer International Fireworks Competitions
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