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Day trip to Monaco

Perth
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Day trip to Monaco

Hi we are planning a family European holiday for next year and I have a list of places I want to visit, including Monaco and Cinque Terre. After travelling on the Bernina Express from Chur, my plan is to travel on and stay in Genoa for a couple of nights.

Is it possible to do a day trip to Monaco? What is the best way to get there? Are private drivers expensive?

I know people will say why Monaco, but its just one of those places I want to visit.

Thanks in advance

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Bristol, United...
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1. Re: Day trip to Monaco

Genoa to Monaco is possible as a daytrip though not really advisable. By car it would be a minimum of a 5 hour round trip and if you are thinking of trying to hire a driver for that, it is likely to cost a bundle as you will also need to pay for their time once you are in Monaco sightseeing.

Perhaps look at options for the train. I think some can do the journey in around 2h 40m each way but some take significantly longer.

There is certainly a mystique about Monaco when you see it on the tv but I have to say I found it a little underwhelming when I visited.

Imperia, Italy
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2. Re: Day trip to Monaco

Using the few fast direct trains, on current timetables you would have from 11.39 to 18.32 in Monaco-Monte Carlo, with a total journey time of around 5.5 hours if departing from Genova Piazza Principe, and a cost of from €30 each in advance and €65 on the day of travel.

Renting a car with driver for the day might be somewhere around €500 - but you'd need to get firm quotations for this. Renting a self-drive car is likely to be a cheaper option, but the driving time is likely to be longer than the train time, and you would have to pay around €100 in fuel and tolls plus parking costs in Monaco in addition to the rental and insurance costs.

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3. Re: Day trip to Monaco

You can hire a private driver but it's going to be expensive. I know , funny.... coming from the guy that always says hire a driver!! I've done the drive and it's not easy. But I was driving from Ravenna I would take the train if you could. Monaco is so small you can walk to just about everything so you don't need a car once you are there

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4. Re: Day trip to Monaco

We took the 8:59 train from Genoa Piazza Principe to Nice arriving 1159 this August five days before the bridge collapsed. I saw the stop at Monaco. Which was not more than 1/2 hour earlier. Its quite time consuming by train. Then you have to worry about the train on return trip. I don't like that feeling of having to be on time to catch a return train during vacation. We had to do that in Capri for the ferry this August. I don't know how long the trip from train station to the casino will take.

I have been to Monaco a few times. Saw the changing of the guards at the palace. Eat by the old port, then walk uphill to the casino. Went in and did some gambling inside.(ceremonially, LOL) just to say I have done it. Always many Ferraris, and other exotic cars parked outside. A little park right outside the casino. Never walk uphill to the residential neighborhood. Almost rented an apartment one trip. Didn't work out.

We loved Genova.

Perth
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5. Re: Day trip to Monaco

Thank you so much for all your feedback. I really appreciate it. We might look at spending a night or two in Monaco on our way from Milan to Barcelona then. So many options and not sure about the best route to take. Back to the drawing board........

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6. Re: Day trip to Monaco

You are welcome. If you are going to pass by and stay over at Monaco. The drive to Barcelona is about 350 km. You would pass by a great region of France. The French Riviera, Provence, Marseille. I have been visiting this region every year for the last 20 years. Have you come across a book by Peter Mayle of 'A year in Provence' or the movie 'A good year' writtten by the same, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cortilard.regarding Provence. Provence has some of the greatest morning markets. We would buy paella, roast chicken, saucisson and or vietnamese. After the market, find a scenic shady spot and picnic. Great times.

Imperia, Italy
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7. Re: Day trip to Monaco

EasyJet and Vueling have direct flights from Nice to Barcelona, up to four per day. There are direct express buses from Monaco to Nice aiport every 30 minutes. Or you can take a taxi. Uber is not allowed to pick up in Monaco, though can be taken from just over the French border in Beausoleil.

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