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Mar 18th, 2009, 09:28 AM
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Where to find train schedule for Nice to Monaco

I know this runs locally every hour--but cant find any specific info (prices, schedule)--does anyone know?
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Mar 18th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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www.voyages-sncf.com has schedules and pricing

Two types of trains - mainline trains like TGV are a bit quicker since they do not stop as much as the local train does and costs more i believe - plus you need a mandatory reservation

I always just hop the Cote d'Azur metro as the commuter train along the coast is sometimes dubbed - cost is negligible - few euros

For an enticing short walk get off the local train at the Cap d'Ail station - go down to the water and turn left on paved footpaths that in a few miles ends in Monte Carlo - this is a gorgeous easy stroll along the pristine azure-hued waters with no development such as ruins much of the coast west of Nice - walk thru the signature Riviera picture etched in our minds' eyes - boulders cascading down to the azure-hued seat with cypress trees somehow impossible clinging to the rocky terrain, etc. Isolation in an incredibly pretty scene but just a short walk from Monaco.
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Mar 18th, 2009, 10:01 AM
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The German site is much more user friendly than the SNCF site.

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

The main Nice station is Nice Ville.

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Apr 5th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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Is it necessary to pre-purchased train tickets from NIce to Monaco? Could you just purchase tickets at the station upon arrival. I need more info than what I can understand of the french on the www.voyages-sncf.com or German version of the website.

Does anyone know the official name or website of the alternative "Cote d'Azure metro"? Or if it is necessary to pre-purchase tickets for the train?
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Apr 5th, 2009, 02:35 PM
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Better yet, take the bus. Cheaper and arguably better views on the way.

We took the train last August and it was brutal... the Nice station was packed, long lines for tickets, the train jam packed, almost no windows to open and no air conditioning. At one stop a little girl got on but the doors closed on her parents... another passenger and I had to pull on the doors until a stationmaster appeared to give them a final tug and save the by now panicking child.

We only took the train back to Nice because we had return tickets. Luckily that trip was in a new train with lots of room and air conditioning. But next trip it's the bus for me!

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Apr 5th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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FYI~I intially booked all tickets and cars on line. After that, I used a travel agent. They generally do not charge for making train tickets and reservations as they get some kind of incentive from the trains and car rental places. It was infinitely easier to book through the agent. We travelled from Gare Nord to Avignon and back several times. We always go first class. See if you can get a seat for four with a table. If not, do not worry. The seats all have tables and are immensely comfortable. Unlike the trains in Italy, there is room for your luggage near your seat.
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Apr 5th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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When you get to the station at Nice Ville go to the information booth next to the main door and get a schedule for trains running between Cannes and Ventimiglia (Italy). You will find the trains run often, are very cheap and if you keep coins in your pocket or purse you can buy tickets from the machines avoiding the long lines at the guichets at all the stations. Riding trains on the Cote D'Azur is cheap and easy. Most trains stop at all stations and some are semi-express making stops only at Monte Carlo, Beaulieu sur Mer, Nice, Antibes and Cannes.

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Apr 20th, 2009, 07:52 AM
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Just returning to this thread--so it sounds best to just buy the tix in Nice upon arrival. Some questions:

*if I take a local train, any tips on how to avoid lines and where is it best to buy tix (I will be arriving by plane from the UK)
*is taxi an option or is it pricey?
*where does the bus leave from--basically looking for a reasonable but not too hectic route (it will be August), and will be in fact going to Cap D'ail (not Monaco)

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Apr 20th, 2009, 08:01 AM
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The bus station is next to old Nice. You can take the tram there or walk. Buy a day pass and it is good for the tram and the bus to Monaco and lots of other towns near by. The day pass is 4€ and worth it.
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Apr 20th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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There is some good information here:
http://www.frommers.com/destinations...149010002.html
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Apr 20th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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You can take the bus from the Nice airport. It stops in front of the terminal. Unless it is an airport express bus it will cost you 1 euro. You will then change buses at the Gare Routiere at Nice (old town). The bus costs 1 euro from Nice to Cap D'ail.(bus # 100) Not complicated or expensive.

Maybe you have a particular reason for staying at Cap D'Ail but if not I would recommend Nice instead as it is central to the Riviera sites with great train and bus transportation to anywhere you want to go between Cannes and Italian border town of Ventimiglia and there is much much more to do there.

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Apr 20th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 10:43 AM
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LarryJ, I've stayed in Cap D'ail several times with family (years ago). I like that it's a quiet, quaint town with access to all the more well known Cote D'Azur towns (Eze, Cap Ferrat, Monte Carlo). Personally I'm not a huge fan of Nice. Too bustling and crowded. I prefer slow pace relaxing days near coast. I live in NYC...so avoiding cities!

Thanks for the transport info--looks like bus #100 is the way to go as it also drops off centrally in Cap D'ail. We could cab it to the bus station probably (just to avoid that one step). I don't know Nice that well--is Old Nice a good spot to grab lunch or view the promenade. Maybe we could have the best of all worlds that way.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 10:59 AM
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jaimiestevens,

By "Cote d'Azur Metro" I assume Palenque means the regional trains that run two or three times per hour along the coast in either dirction from Nice. There is open seating, no reservations are possible, and your ticket is good on any regional train. You are not restricted to a specific departure time. The fare is €3.30 and the trip takes around 20 minutes.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 12:13 PM
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Yup TimS - i've heard the regional trains along the Riviera dubbed the C A metro - as it operates much like a metro - stopping every few minutes or so it seems

Cap d'Ail - no comment on staying there but from the Cap d'Ail train station - on the sea - there is a sweet flat paved walking path that takes you to Monte Carlo-Monaco and it goes thru the completely undistrubed Riviera scenery etched in our minds's eyes but which is hard to find these days with much of the coast, esp west of Nice built up with high-rise flats, etc.

But this path is just by itself and the see and the signature Riviera scenery of tall cypress trees clinging to rocks that tumble down to a clear azure-hued sea. There are isolated swimming holes - don't be shocked if you see skinny dippers as i have at times (the old admonition you can still swim here even if you did not pack your swimming suit!)

Anyway a very easy and IMO tremendous stroll - get off the train at Cap d'Ail station, head down to the sea - turn left on the path and when you later round a cape you return to the glitzy Riviera with Monte Carlo's many fancy flats, yachts and Mouse That Roared Royal Palace - hop the train back to Nice.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 05:30 PM
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Jubileefd

Yes you can find lots of places to have lunch in the old town and the promenade is right adjacent to the old town as well.

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Apr 24th, 2009, 06:18 AM
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Thanks Larry.

Palenque-never did the stroll--sounds wonderful, will be sure to add it to the itinerary!
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Nov 24th, 2009, 06:28 AM
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Palenque -if you happen to read this in the next 24 hours or so--- I'm in Nice now and am thinking of going to Villefranche sur mer tomorrow. I have no real interest in Monaco but it's just so close. The walk you describe sounds nice but I'm wondering how long it is. You say "a few miles" can you be more specific? I did Eze today by bus and am also thinking of Antibes. I have two more days - which would you suggest? And would you take the train or the bus. I guess I'd prefer the bus (I did it today so I know where it is, and can walk it from the hotel, I think the train station is further) but will do the train if there is a good reason. Anyway, if that walk to Monaco is short enough it sounds beautiful. It's just that I've been walking at least 12-15 miles a day in Paris for the past few days and my feet feel like they are going to fall off so don't want to attempt anything to long.

I'll also post this as a separate thread in hopes that you will see one of them.
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Nov 24th, 2009, 11:03 AM
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ttt for a bit later today
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Well i would bet a lot that the walk is not more than two miles and flat - looking on a detail Michelin map it seems the distance is about 2 kilometres or a tad more - but this is a stroll IMO
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