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How to get to the French Riviera and the Principality of Monaco?

You can get to the French Riviera and Monaco by air, by train, by car or by boat. Here you'll find all information you need to know about how to get to the Cote d'Azur and Monaco, from tips on how to get there on a budget to luxury ways such as renting a helicopter to get there.

How to get to the French Riviera and the Principality of Monaco?

You can get to the French Riviera and Monaco by air, by train, by car or by boat. Here you'll find all information you need to know about how to get to the Cote d'Azur and Monaco, from tips on how to get there on a budget to luxury ways such as renting a helicopter to get there.

How to get to the French Riviera and Monaco


  • Airports

    Riviera By Plane


    The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the second biggest and most important international airport in France after Paris. Located between Cannes and Monaco, in the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes, the Var (PACA:Provence-Alpes-Maritimes-Côte d'Azur) Nice Airport offers a perfect gateway to the French Riviera and its inland surroundings.

    Over 10 millions passengers a year pass through the Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport. Over 100 direct flights have Nice for its final destination . Passengers can book direct flights with 55 scheduled airlines going to the Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport including many low cost companies.

    Buses from the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to Nice, and to the Nice train station depart from the bus stop stations outside of Terminals 1 and 2.


    Bus99 is an express service that runs from the airport to the main train station in central Nice. It makes several stops before arriving at the final station (In French: Terminus), traveling along the coast.


    One-way bus ticket costs 4€. You can purchase your ticket either at the ticket desks near the bus station or direct from the bus driver when boarding.


     Bus services run 7/7 every 30 minutes. The last one is at 8.53pm. Outside of these times , passengers can use buses 98 or 23 which go to the city centre of Nice.


    The bus journey time from the airport to Nice lasts approximately 30 minutes. 


    The Hyères-Toulon Airport is a smaller airport located 3 kilometers West from Hyères. Departing from Toulon Airport, 8 scheduled airlines serve direct domestic flights to Bordeaux, Paris,Brest, Ajaccio ,Bastia,and international flights to Rotterdam (Netherlands), London (UK), Bournemouth(UK), Brussels (Belgium) and Tunis(Tunisia).


    How to get to Monaco?

    Airport:Monaco is located 20 km from Nice’s International Airport, with transfers by helicopter (7 mins) or taxi/limousine (30 mins).

  • Trains

    Riviera By Train


    High-speed trains such as TGV (in French: Trains à Grande Vitesse), and Eurostar will get you to the French Riviera in almost no time. Eurostar offers trains from London via la Gare du Nord to the South of France cities of Avignon, Marseille, Nice, Toulon, Antibes.


    Trains Corail and TER trains ( In French: Trains Express Régionaux) offer trains to the main domestic destinations located in the South of France on the French Riviera, Côte d’Azur ,Alpes-Maritimes, in the Var. They run from Cannes to the Italian border- Ventimiglia.


    For more information about trains schedules and train tickets on the French Riviera go to:

  book up to 6 months in advance.See also:

    THELLO – also offer trains to Italy.


    TER -so-called ‘ Train of wonders’ ( one way tickets starting from 19€)


    Train des Pignes à Vapeur , being part of the Chemins de fer de Provence,are old steam trains offering a ride between Nice and Digne-les-Bains through over 50 tunnels, bridges and viaducts . It operates only Sundays from May to October.

    Monaco By Train

    Railway station: you can take an SNCF train to get there (SNCF rail station -a 12 minute walk)

  • By Car

    Get to the French Riviera and Monaco By Car.

    Toll Roads in France

    France’s motorways are called in French 'autoroutes' and have the prefix ‘A’. Most are toll roads and are marked by blue signs; a green sign means the route is toll free.

    The normal process is to take a ticket at a 'péage' (toll) station when you enter the toll road, and then pay at a similar station when you exit. This means you need Euros at the ready, or a credit card to hand.

    What's the difference between 'N' and 'D' roads in France?

    'Routes Nationales' (national roads) in French or simply ‘N’ roads are main roads that are often straight and uncrowded, making them a manageable and less costly alternative to autoroutes for long journeys.

    Minor roads are classed as ‘D’ roads and they are recommended for travelling locally, but should be avoided for long journeys.

    One of the reasons you'll love ‘N’ and ‘D’ roads is that you can see so much more of France, and stop off to experience one of the many fascinating towns and villages that lie along such routes. It is also a great way

    of discovering genuine regional specialities of France.

    What is the cost of toll roads in France?

    When deciding on how best to travel to the South of France it is essential to factor in the cost of your journey by car through France.

    Beware despite cheapest ferries tolls may eat away at your savings.

    Here, you'll find some guidance on how much you can expect the toll costs to be for the journey from Calais to the French Riviera. You'll also find the approximate cost of its 'Route Nationale'-toll free road-

    alternative, showing approximate time as well as approximate toll cost to help you decide on suitability.

    Calais to Nice (Cote d’Azur)
    Taking the A roads
    Toll cost:~ 105 Euros
    Travel time: ~12 hours (1230km)

    Taking the N roads
    Toll cost: ~12 Euros
    Travel time: ~18 hours (1200km)

    Driving requirements in France-checklist

    Here you'll find out what you must take with you when driving in France from a legal viewpoint. Remember -the items below here are compulsory equipment and documents for driving in France. You MUST have them in the car with you at all times.

    • Headlamp converters->max fine:90€
    • HiViz Vest->max fine:135€
    • GB sticker->max fine:90€
    • Warning triangle->max fine:135€
    • Spare bulbs->max fine:80€
    • Breathalysers (optional)->no fine

    Documents to have with you when driving in France are as follows:

    • Driving License
    • Passport
    • Insurance Documents
    • Proof of Ownership (V5 Log Book)
    • Vehicle Must be Taxed in the UK
    • M.O.T. (if your car is over 3 years old)

    Remember-French law requires that you always have personal ID about your person, so keep your passport on you.

    Keep safe and drive safe! Take a Break

    Long drives on boring motorways, more so during the hours of darkness are particularly dangerous. In France parkings called 'aires' green pique-nique spaces along the motorways ( approximately every 25km there is one) often feature bars/restaurants,petrol station, public toilets and playgrounds for children.

    Driving to Monaco

    When driving to Monaco, you have a choice between taking the A8 motorway, exit Monaco- toll road or alternatively the D6007 main road.

    What is the difference between the two roads?

    • The A8 motorway crosses the whole French Riviera region. It is part of the link between France and Italy. This motorway represent a much faster but rather expensive way with tolls linked to the number of tunnels and viaducts, especially east of Nice. The approximate toll costs are of just under 8€ each way to get from Monaco to Cannes or of approx. 4€ from Monaco to Nice airport for example. Between Cannes and Nice, the motorway stays relatively close to the coastline but after Nice airport, it swings inland and then east through the mountains so is not really convenient to head down to the coast.

    • The D6007 main road is a toll free road also formerly known as N7 and also links France to Italy and runs more or less parallel to the A8. The section that is carved into the mountainside between Nice and Monaco is also known as the Moyenne Corniche and is very spectacular, providing wonderful views from around 300m above sea level over Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and passing straight through Eze Village and has very few traffic lights so is definitely worth using to tour around the eastern Riviera. More about the three famous Corniche roads- read here.
  • By Boat

    The harbours of Nice, Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Monaco are Mediterranean stopovers for major cruise lines. Their passenger stations located in the heart of the city provide direct access to shopping and sight-seeing. 

    2 car-ferry companies provide regular crossings to Corsica:

    - SNCM Ferryterranée -to find out more go to : 

    - Corsica Ferries 

    For private yachting, there are 33 harbours all along the Riviera coastline offering spaces for small pleasure boats as well as luxury yachts.

    Get to Monaco By Boat.

    There are two harbours in Monaco: Port Hercule and Port de Fontvieille.