Nice to Monaco

Sep 27th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Nice to Monaco

What is the best way to travel from Nice to Monaco?
How difficult is the parking there?
Any sights to see along the way?
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Sep 27th, 2012, 05:17 PM
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Bicycle or Ferrari - you choose!

Somewhat kidding. We did ride bikes from Nice to Villefranche-Sur-Mer which was nice.

Eze is along the way - way up the hill.

I believe we parked in the parking garage at the hotel Paris -- At the casino.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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Are you planning a day trip (can be fun) - or to stay there. the latter is not recommended unless you have an unlimited budget and really like upscale dining and shopping. It really i s designed for the uber wealthy off the gigantic yachts in the harbor,
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Sep 27th, 2012, 07:23 PM
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The bus system in Nice is very nice and cheap. If you have a car, parking is not a problem but it is expensive. The parking garage was the nicest I have ever parked a car, it was air-conditioned! Only in Monaco.

Have a great time, I love Nice, wish I was there right now eating at Le Petit Maison.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 08:12 PM
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Bus number 100 goes from Nice to Monaco, it costs ( get this, best deal in Europe as far as I am concerned) ONE euro! It has stops in many places, we went straight to Monaco,spent about 2 hours there, then took bus back, but got off in Eze sur Mer, spend 3-4 hours there having lunch on beach then a swim, then caught bus back. Whole days tranportation cost us a whopping 3 euros each!!!
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Sep 27th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Depends on what you mean by the best way:
I enjoy driving the lowest Basse Corniche because it passes through the famous beach towns (Villefranche sur Mer, San Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur Mer, and Cap d'Ail) all are definitely worth a stop (but not the last one), however in the high season you'd run into heavy traffic (bumper to bumper) in some parts.

I like the middle Moyenne Corniche for the emptier but curvier mountain road which provides a nice view over the Cote d'azur and access to the must see village of Eze (which can also be accessed from Basse Corniche through a connecting road).

If you're in a hurry to get to Monaco, then take the freeway and exit down the hill (great views) to Monte Carlo. I very rarely took the Corniche Grande which leads us to the hilltop village of La Turbie, but it's better/faster to take the freeway first.
Hope that answers your question.
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Sep 27th, 2012, 10:35 PM
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We just did this on Tuesday via the train. Short,easy ride that cost 3€ per person and took 22 minutes.( each way)
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Sep 28th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Nice to Monaco is something like 3.60€ on the commuter train and 1€ by bus.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 11:43 AM
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The train was very easy for us.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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If you are driving do not do the Grand Corniche unles the driver is fearless. Have been driven on this a couple of times by experts - I wouldn't do myself - but I have a thing about roads above water.

Moyenne Cornich and Basse Corniche are fine.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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That said, the Grand corniche is a special road with very dramatic views built by Napoleon 200 years ago. My wife and I have driven it a couple of times when we stayed for a week in Cap d'Ail and later in Monte Carlo, we thought it was fine as long as we were not speeding in a rush. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly immortalized the Grand Corniche in the movie To Catch A Thief when they drove to La Turbie. Ironically Grace Kelly (troubled/alcohol?) died while speeding down the Moyenne Corniche east of Monaco. La Turbie and Roquebrune provide unrivaled dramatic views of Cote d'Azur from above which make them a good destination if one doesn't care for the lifestyle in Monte Carlo.
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Sep 28th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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The bus ride is great aand only 1 Euro.
You can enjoy the spectacular views if you take the bus which you may miss if you are driving.
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