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Old Mar 23, 19, 7:26 pm
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Going to Monaco for Formula E race 11th May - transport from Nice airport

As it says in the thread title I'm going to the formula E race in Monaco on the 11th of May.
I'm only able to it as a day trip going out on the BA342 at 07:50 and returning on the BA349 at 20:40, going on a HBO fare using avios to knock the price down.
Looking at my options to get from Nice airport to Monaco I was thinking that the bus looked the easiest way to get get there and back?

I've not been to Nice airport or to Monaco before and was hoping for some of the wisdom of the board about how long to get through the airport on arrival(assuming we're still allowed in Europe!) how much time I need to allow for immigration and security on the way back and any general tips would all be welcome.
Once I was in Monaco my plan was to get to my grandstand, T facing the pits and just after the swimming pool. and after the racing is finished do as much of a track walk as I can with my shoulder mounted gimble recording it for posterity.

Thanks in advance for your help

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Old Mar 23, 19, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by DeadManFlying View Post
Looking at my options to get from Nice airport to Monaco I was thinking that the bus looked the easiest way to get get there and back?

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Nice Saint-Augustin train station is just a 15 minute walk from the airport. Get a train direct to Monaco from there €10 return.

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Old Mar 23, 19, 8:42 pm
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Thanks I'll check it out on google maps and their website

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Old Mar 24, 19, 1:22 am
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If money is no object, there's helicopter service between NCE and Monaco.

BTW, the train station in Monaco is located in what I would describe as the old commercial center; it's pretty far (but IIRC I've walked it) to the casino, palace, and other stuff of interest.
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Originally Posted by DeadManFlying View Post
As it says in the thread title I'm going to the formula E race in Monaco on the 11th of May.
I'm only able to it as a day trip going out on the BA342 at 07:50 and returning on the BA349 at 20:40, going on a HBO fare using avios to knock the price down.
Looking at my options to get from Nice airport to Monaco I was thinking that the bus looked the easiest way to get get there and back?

I've not been to Nice airport or to Monaco before and was hoping for some of the wisdom of the board about how long to get through the airport on arrival(assuming we're still allowed in Europe!) how much time I need to allow for immigration and security on the way back and any general tips would all be welcome.
Once I was in Monaco my plan was to get to my grandstand, T facing the pits and just after the swimming pool. and after the racing is finished do as much of a track walk as I can with my shoulder mounted gimble recording it for posterity.

Thanks in advance for your help

DMF
If no luggage (and you are still part of Europe), I'm normally curb side in 12 minutes or less, but I would give about 20 minutes as a good buffer.

Taxi will set you back 90 euros one-way and is approx 35 - 45 mins depending on traffic and how much you egg on your taxi driver. This is least recommended as the helicopter is frequently 115 euros and 95 euros if you have a valid European student card, and much quicker than the taxi. It'll drop you off at Fontvieille though, which is a bit far from the centre.

Take the number 110 bus for a 45-minute - 1 hour leisurely ride into Monaco that will wind down from the Jardins Exotique, it's 22 euros one way / 33 round trip (iirc) and is 17 euros if you're less than 26 years old. Get off at Place d'Armes if you want to head straight to the Stade Nautique / pit area -- there's a shortcut (with about 30 stairs, so avoid if you're not fully mobile) down to the Port right behind Place d'Armes if you head down Rue Millo, or a very steep slope down Rue Caroline, or if you want to do some sightseeing then get off at the second stop (Place du Casino). The bus has a further stop at Monte Carlo Bay -- if no one else is on the bus you can probably ask them to stop somewhere feasible in between (I've asked for stops in Jardins Exotique and at the hairpin Fairmont before, but this requires some friendly banter with the driver). On the way back, try to get picked up at the Place d'Armes which saves you a lot of the winding and turning within Monaco and is more or less a straight line to the airport, approx. 30 - 35 mins.

The train is not ideal if you have luggage as you have to cross the road at the airport to get to the station, it's about 10 - 15 mins and the tranis are not frequent (if they're not on strike or the tracks are flooded which is the majority of the time).

Lastly, for the only pint brewed in Monaco.... try Brasserie de Monaco.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to PM me. Also paging @msm2000uk for further advice.

Edit: just noticed you are on BA 342, that one usually lands around 11 sharp -- if you hustle you can make the 11:15, but I usually miss it and need to wait for the 11:45 one -- if you're not familiar with the airport I would recommend you take the time and go for the 11:45 one. When you get out after baggage claim, turn left and walk outside -- the bus should be in the second bay.

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i would take the train from saint augustin, it's an easy walk from terminal 1 to the train station now that most of the tram construction is done -- if you take the bus i would plan to get off at place d'armes because the route through monaco will certainly be disrupted due to the race

if you take the helicopter it should include car service within monaco, though walking from fontvielle is only about 15-20 min to the port
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Originally Posted by BA Humbug View Post
If no luggage (and you are still part of Europe), I'm normally curb side in 12 minutes or less, but I would give about 20 minutes as a good buffer.

Taxi will set you back 90 euros one-way and is approx 35 - 45 mins depending on traffic and how much you egg on your taxi driver. This is least recommended as the helicopter is frequently 115 euros and 95 euros if you have a valid European student card, and much quicker than the taxi. It'll drop you off at Fontvieille though, which is a bit far from the centre.

Take the number 110 bus for a 45-minute - 1 hour leisurely ride into Monaco that will wind down from the Jardins Exotique, it's 22 euros one way / 33 round trip (iirc) and is 17 euros if you're less than 26 years old. Get off at Place d'Armes if you want to head straight to the Stade Nautique / pit area -- there's a shortcut (with about 30 stairs, so avoid if you're not fully mobile) down to the Port right behind Place d'Armes if you head down Rue Millo, or a very steep slope down Rue Caroline, or if you want to do some sightseeing then get off at the second stop (Place du Casino). The bus has a further stop at Monte Carlo Bay -- if no one else is on the bus you can probably ask them to stop somewhere feasible in between (I've asked for stops in Jardins Exotique and at the hairpin Fairmont before, but this requires some friendly banter with the driver). On the way back, try to get picked up at the Place d'Armes which saves you a lot of the winding and turning within Monaco and is more or less a straight line to the airport, approx. 30 - 35 mins.

The train is not ideal if you have luggage as you have to cross the road at the airport to get to the station, it's about 10 - 15 mins and the tranis are not frequent (if they're not on strike or the tracks are flooded which is the majority of the time).

Lastly, for the only pint brewed in Monaco.... try Brasserie de Monaco.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to PM me. Also paging @msm2000uk for further advice.

Edit: just noticed you are on BA 342, that one usually lands around 11 sharp -- if you hustle you can make the 11:15, but I usually miss it and need to wait for the 11:45 one -- if you're not familiar with the airport I would recommend you take the time and go for the 11:45 one. When you get out after baggage claim, turn left and walk outside -- the bus should be in the second bay.
Sorry for the slow reply to this.

Irrespective of whether the UK remains in the EU, NCE passport control (even for non-EU) is pretty quick. Of course this depends on arrival time, and BA342 is a tricky one.

During the summer months, particularly around the GP, the flight parks on a remote stand. This, added to the fact that there are quite a few other flights landing between 1045-1115, means you dont always have the smoothest exit through passport control. If all is well, you'll be in the Arrivals area within 5mins. However, worst case, allow 25mins.

As BA Humbug has said, if travelling alone, take the helicopter. While it will deposit you into Fontvielle, you'll avoid the midday traffic coming into Monaco off the A8 motorway (even through La Turbie is bad) - and the complimentary shuttle bus is a good way to get through the Formula E traffic.

Avoid cabs during the Grand Prix, and be cautious of the buses - while usually pretty practical and inexpensive, they're usually the first to be diverted due to track works, so you could well be dropped off quite a distance from where you'd expect.

The train is a feasible option, and there are elevators which take you from the station down to the Port. From there it would only be a short walk to your grandstand, but getting to the train station at NCE is never a simple task!

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Old Mar 25, 19, 2:23 am
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getting to the train station at NCE is never a simple task!/
Although I have not personally taken it, I understand that it is now simpler with the opening of the tram from the Airport. The tram stop for the station is Grand-Arénas (i.e. the fist stop after leaving the airport) and the tram trip between the airport and Grand Arénas is free.
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Thank you everyone for your very full explanations and information I'm still working overnight so can only read and post on breaks.
While slightly older I'm still quite active and stairs and steep roads hold no fears, I'll only have myself and a small camera bag and will dress for the weather in Monaco on the day (are hoodies allowed?)

The drop down into town on the bus sounds good but yes I can see that traffic might be a problem. The helicopter sounds like the way to make a grand entrance but it's more than my return flight cost and I'm not sure how I would explain the need for such a grand entrance to my wife.
Now the idea is there though I'll look into it on the web, do you have to book in advance and what are the views like?

More likely I'll take the train to avoid any problems with the traffic and looking on google maps even walking I can see no problems getting to and from the station at the airport.

Again thank you everyone for all your help and information, I'm am looking to my day trip it's certainly more exciting than my last day trip to the NEC on cross country trains!

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Let me know how things go. I'm going to the Grand Prix and staying in Nice and looking at taking the train.
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Although I have not personally taken it, I understand that it is now simpler with the opening of the tram from the Airport. The tram stop for the station is Grand-Arénas (i.e. the fist stop after leaving the airport) and the tram trip between the airport and Grand Arénas is free.
i have now taken the tram a few times in the past few weeks (from both terminals 1 and 2) and can confirm that it is an easier/faster trip to catch the train -- there's still a short walk from the grand arénas stop but this is a good solution to/from nice st augustin
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Yup, it's an easy enough transfer to Nice St Augustin station on the tram.

Monaco station is a sprawling beast of access tunnels (actually, going anywhere on foot in the principality needs some advance planning, as it's not always obvious). You can get an idea of the exits here to plan your best escape route:

https://www.gares-sncf.com/sites/def...onte-carlo.pdf

This is a really handy map to have, as it shows the pedestrian routes including the public lifts:

https://www.monaco-montecarlo.com/do...eplacer_FR.pdf
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