When the journey from Nice Ville to Monaco takes less than half an hour by train, why would you want to travel any other way? Save the hassle of driving and finding somewhere to park – when you take the train you’ll arrive into the heart of Monaco. Just head down the marble tunnel towards the port, from here it’s just a 10-minute stroll down to the harbour to enjoy the views.
Whether you’re heading to Monaco to try your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino, stroll around the charming Les Jardins Saint-Martin or take in the impressive collection of superyachts dotted around the harbour, SNCF trains will get you there quickly and smoothly – and what a view along the way – so be sure to take in the sights of the glistening Mediterranean waters from your window. Want to know more? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
Thello, part of the Trenitalia Group, is an international railway service that connects France and Italy. Thello trains provide direct connections between Paris and Venice via Dijon, and Marseille and Milan via Nice. Trains between Paris and Venice are night/sleeper trains with three service levels. Choose either Standard shared berth compartments (4-6 berth), a standard bed cabin (1-3 people) which includes a welcome drink, breakfast, bed furnishings and a toiletry set, or treat yourself to a premium cabin (1-2 people) which feature a private bathroom with sink, shower and WC. Trains between Marseille and Milan offer Standard Class seating, as well as First Class, which has wider reclining seats for extra comfort.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Nice and Monaco—Monte-Carlo is 29 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo is 21 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo can start from as little as €3 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo leaves at 11:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo leaves at 15:06. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Nice to Monaco—Monte-Carlo cover a distance of around 8 miles (13 km) during the journey.