Heli-Air Monaco (http://www.heliairmonaco.com) also operates helicopter services between Nice and Monte Carlo. After collecting your luggage at the Nice airport, you go to the helicopter service waiting area. The helicopter ground crew takes you and your luggage from the Nice airport to the Nice heliport, on the other side of the airport, by van. The flight along the coast is beautiful, and you land right at the water's edge at the Monaco heliport, where a car service takes you directly to your hotel. Other than arriving by yacht, this is the best way for the international traveler to enter Monaco. Rates vary seasonally, in the range of â¬100-â¬300. They spike up to â¬700 or more, however, during the Cannes Film Festival, usually held in late May.
The nearest airport is the Nice CÃ´te-d'Azur International (http://www.nice.aeroport....), which is around 40 kilometers 24.85 miles away from the city-centre in neighboring France. It operates daily flights to nearly all of Europe's main cities, such as London and Paris. There are regular Rapide Cote DâAzur (http://www.rca.tm.fr) buses connecting Monte Carlo with both the terminals at Nice Cote-D'Azur airport, and taxis are always available outside the terminal buildings - although make sure a fee is agreed in advance or the meter is indeed switched on at the start of the journey, as shady French taxi drivers are notorious for charging tourists whatever they see fit.
There is no bus station in Monte Carlo. Instead, international buses stop at various points throughout the city. Regular buses, run by Rapide Cote DâAzur (http://www.rca.tm.fr), connect Monte Carlo with Nice and other French destinations. Services run regularly to many major French towns and cities. Route 100 leaves every 15 minutes from the central bus station Gare RoutiÃ¨re in Nice and costs â¬1. An express shuttle, route 110, links the Nice CÃ´te d'Azur Airoport and the principality. A bus leaves every half hour and a single ticket costs â¬18.00 6/2009. â¬28.50 round-trip 9/2009 with stops near all major hotels throughout Monaco, not just Monte Carlo.
Monaco is easily accessed by its land borders from France or Italy by a network of highways, most commonly used of which is the A8 which runs west from Monte Carlo to Nice and Marseilles, and east towards the Italian border.
Between Nice and Monaco, there are also three more scenic roads: the Basse Corniche Low Coast-Road - Highway 98, along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche Middle Coast Road - Highway 7, going through Eze-Village, and the Grande Corniche Great Coast Road, going through La Turbie and Col d'Eze Eze Pass. All are pretty drives offering spectacular views over the Coast line. For an extra-special treat, rent a convertible sports car from the many airport rental services and take in the French Riviera in style.
Taxi trips to and from Nice are also affordable.