Monaco — Transportation
Monaco Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are a safe and affordable way to get around Monaco. Rates are determined by zone and time of day. There is a flat fee to get to the airport in Nice which include baggage fees and tolls. Currently, there is only one 24-hour cab company that can be booked in advance, Radio Taxi (+377-8-20-20-98-98), but taxis can be flagged down on the street or picked up at designated stands.
Many visitors from Europe choose to drive to Monaco and during the summer months, this can lead to major traffic jams in the small principality. In the summer, it is estimated that 100,000 cars go in and out on any given day. Keeping this in mind, street parking is strictly enforced and visitors are advised to park in public lots instead. Car rentals are readily available either at the airport in Nice or in Monaco itself. Most international companies have offices, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar, but booking in advance is a must during the peak summer months.
Monaco Water Taxis
There is a so-called electric boat bus in Monaco. The water taxi provides service every day from Quai Kennedy to Terre-plein du Fort Antoine (on either side of Port Hercules) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. Visitors can buy a single trip ticket, 10-ride pass or Daily Tourist Card, which allows unlimited use of the buses and water taxis.
Monaco Trains and Buses
Monaco has an excellent public transportation system and visitors are encouraged to purchase the Daily Tourist Card, which allows for unlimited use of the buses and water taxis.
There are five bus routes operated by the Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco. Buses generally come every 10 minutes Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes on weekends until 9:30 p.m. daily. A less frequent night bus is available until just past midnight.
There is no rail network within Monaco; however, the principality is well-connected to the French train system. From Monaco, visitors can take the TGV to Paris, as well as other connections to Milan, Genoa, Basel, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Pisa, and Rome. There is also a Regional Express Train (TER), which provides links to other cities on the French Riviera.