Heli Securite and Heli-Air Monaco operate helicopter services between Nice and Fontvieille, Monaco. 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. Rates vary seasonally, in the range of €100-300. They spike up to €700 or more, however, during the Cannes Film Festival, usually held in late May.
The nearest airport is the Nice Côte-d'Azur International, which is around 40 kilometres 24 miles away from the city-centre in neighbouring France. It operates daily flights from nearly all of Europe's main cities, such as London and Paris. There are regular Rapide Cote D’Azur buses connecting Monte Carlo with both the terminals at Nice Côte-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 D’Azur, connects Monte Carlo with Nice and other French destinations. Services run regularly to many major French towns and cities. Route 100 leaves every 15 min from the central bus station Gare Routière in Nice and costs €1.50. The bus trip offers fantastic views of the coast, but can get extremely crowded during peak hours.
An express shuttle, route 110, links the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and the principality. A bus leaves every half hour and a single ticket costs €20 Jul 2013. The bus stops near all major hotels throughout Monaco, not just Monte Carlo.
Monaco's two ports are no strangers to private yachts. Port Hercule is exceptionally beautiful and offers mooring and anchoring possibilities for up to five hundred vessels, some of which are extremely large and elegant in fact, many tourists often take time out of their day to simply have a drink by the water and admire the fantastic super yachts. The Port of Fontvieille, integrated into the new district, can receive as many as 60 vessels of at least 30 meters in length. Both are large and well-equipped.
Monaco also serves as an embarkation port and port-of-call for cruises, so cruise ships can often be spotted using Port Hercule. It's breakwater offers a large pier able to support one large cruise ship. If in use, other ships must moor/anchor offshore, where tenders shuttle passengers to/from shore to either port...with preference for Port Hercule which offers substantially better walking distances than Fontvieille to the more popular sites.
At close proximity, the Port of Cap d'Ail is also a choice destination for pleasure-boats.
The Monaco-Monte Carlo station has good service to most of neighboring France and Italy. There are 2-4 services per hour to Nice, Cannes, Menton and Ventimiglia Italy. Most international trains will stop, such as the 'Ligure' which links Marseilles and Milan, the 'train bleu' which operates between Paris and Ventimiglia, and the famous high-speed TGV which runs between Nice and Paris (http://www.idtgv.com). A TGV train between Paris and Monte Carlo takes around 6 and a half hours. Be aware that there's no left-luggage in the train station nor in the rest of Monaco. There's a law in Monaco forbidding leaving bags etc. in any place.If you are planning to visit Monte Carlo from Ventimiglia don't wait for a ticket in the Trenitalia counters or auto-machines. Go straight to the travel agency the only one inside the station, which is marked with the sign of SNCF French Railways. If you plan to come back buy your return also 5.40 with return, ticket is open and you can validate it in auto machines without hour commitment of a particular train. Trains to and from Monte Carlo run every 15 minutes until late at night. The line is serviced by SNCF Regional Trains, which is the railway provider of Monaco.
For further information like price and times visit Trenitalia (http://www.ferroviedellos...)
The train ticket machines only accept credit cards that have computer chips no magnetic stripe reader or coins, and the ticket desk can be slow. So if your credit card does not have a computer chip, you can save time by bringing Euro coins with you.
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 Marseille, 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.