Getting around Monaco by public transport
Monaco may be best known for its fancy cars and world-famous Grand Prix racetrack, but there are many ways to get around this small hilly country. And using public transport is often good for the environment. Whether by bus, boat or helicopter, we have the information you need below.
Monaco’s bus service offers an excellent service of modern, clean buses that wind and weave around the Principality. Tickets can be purchased on-board from the driver or at the CAM office. The bus tickets can also be bought conveniently in the special machines that are located by many of the bus stops. You can pay there by cash and by card.
CAM Office Address:
22/24 rue du Gabian
Tél.: +377 97 70 22 22
Fax.: +377 97 70 22 23
8h30-16h30 from Monday to Friday
There are six bus lines that traverse Monaco and run from about 7am to 9pm, running every ten minutes during peak hours.
Line 1: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Saint Roman
Line 2: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Exotic Garden
Line 3: Fontvieille to Hector Otto
Line 4: Saint Roman, Railway station, Place d’Armes, Fontvieille
Line 5: Larvotto to Hospital
Line 6: Larvotto beaches, Sporting, Fontvieille
Monaco Night Buses
Looping through the Principality at night are two distinct night-bus lines operating from 9.30 pm:
Line N1 – Albert II Fontvieille towards Larvotto Beach towards Saint-Roman towards Casino towards Albert II.
This line is a mix of the day buses N ° 6 and line N ° 1
Line N2 – Monaco-Ville to the Exotic Garden and back
This line takes exactly the route of the day bus N ° 2
The PRINCESSE ANTOINETTE stop in the outward-bound direction and the MONTE-CARLO stop in the return direction makes it possible to change between the two night-bus lines N1 and N2 and thus optimize your “nocturnal” travels.
The night buses run every 30 minutes until 12.20 am and make all the main stops. The night buses run from Monday through Friday and until 4am on Saturday and Sunday.
Information and map of the bus lines (and public lifts/escalators) can be found here.
Bateau Bus is the bus by sea and it’s solar-electric powered. The grand and beautiful Port Hercule is just that—grand. It could take a lot of effort and time to walk around the port. But the little ‘boat bus’ shuttles you straight across from Quai des Etas Unis to the Cruise Terminal. The bus runs every ten minutes from 8am to 8pm and costs the same as a normal bus fare.
Monabike – Electric Bikes
The Monaco Bus Company (CAM) installed a series of electric bicycle stations which have been very popular. So popular that this July the whole network has been greatly expanded in Monaco and even integrated with the surrounding communities.
These Monabike ‘velos’ are pedal-assisted to help you up the steep gradients and arrive looking fresh. With screens that give you speed, mileage, and battery charge, you will always be in control. The battery lasts anywhere from 20-25km on one charge and stations can be found across Monaco, near the main bus stops.
The bikes are easy to rent, even for as little as 1 euro to go from one station to another. Better still there is a monthly subscription for unlimited use for 6 euros per month. Check the current fares and all the details here.
Public Lifts & moving walkways
Part of Monaco’s unique beauty is the way the city is stacked, with high-rise buildings over high-rise buildings. A beautiful sight from afar, but it can be difficult if you need to get from point A to point B. Fortunately, there are a series of lifts and escalators to take you up (or down) to where you need to be.
These moving walkways will take you:
- From the Terraces of the Casino to the Congress Centre Auditorium and to Boulevard Louis II
- From Place St. Dévote to Monéghetti
- From Place des Moulins to the beach
- From Princess Grace Hospital Centre to the Exotic Garden
- From Avenue de la Costa to the harbor
- From Avenue des Citronniers to Avenue Grande-Bretagne
- From Larvotto Boulevard to Saint Romain
The Monaco Ville Rail station is also a great way to move several levels up the city.
Sometimes the most convenient way to get around is a private driver to take you door to door. There are many taxi ranks in Monaco, including The railway station, Avenue Princesse Grace (next to Hôtel Beach Plaza), Next to the Monte Carlo Fairmont Hôtel, Avenue des Spélugues, The Métropole, Avenue de la Madone, and Avenue de Monte-Carlo (near the Casino) and Saint Roman near the Eastern boundary of Monaco. The main Taxi service company is Monaco Prestige. They offer 24/7 service and have a fleet of vehicles on hand. Their number is: +377 93.15.01.01
Be aware that during busy periods demand for taxis can exceed the number available – and so waiting periods can at peak times be quite long.
New Electric Taxis
At the initiative of the Prince’s Government, a fleet of 20 electric taxis have been introduced. These 100% electric vehicles carry out journeys mostly within Monaco, although they will also serve the Monte-Carlo Beach, Monte-Carlo Country Club and Marriott Hotel. The basic fare, not including waiting time, is set at €15. It is possible to hail the taxis in the street.
There are opportunities to link to Cap d’Ail, Beausoleil and Cap Martin with an increased fare supplement of about 10 euros. Ask the driver. Seven vehicles will be available at all times: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The white eco-taxis have a unique visual identity. A special user app, Taxis Monaco, is available and can be used to order or book a taxi from your smartphone in just a few seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you want to try something more exotic like an Electric private hire Tesla Taxi, contact:
+33 6 07 13 07 17
Mobee Car Sharing
Mobee is the car-sharing service of the Principality of Monaco. 25 vehicles are available 24/7 and across the full territory of Monaco.
Based on the principle of “free floating” or self-servicing, it allows you to pick up and return the vehicles anywhere in Monaco. There is no designated centre. Take advantage of the free parking on-street and in the 14 partnering parking lots!
Easy to book on 15 minutes notice. You are only charged for driving time. Check out prices and book on-line.
But why even stay on the ground when you can fly? Need to get to Nice faster than you can say: “Terminal un”? Then get down to the Heliport and catch a flight. Monacair offers 6 – 7-minute flights to Nice Airport!
Monacair’s partnerships with airlines are key to the helicopter company’s success with this route. Working with airlines allow customers to leave Monaco only one hour before their flight at the airport. Passengers can obtain their boarding pass to their final destination in Monaco, have their luggage checked-in to the final destination and enjoy a direct transfer to the boarding gate.
Passengers arriving at Monaco heliport are chauffeur-driven to their final destination and enjoy the same service when they leave.
Monacair has a regular service that departs Nice Airport or Monaco every 15 minutes and cost 140 euros. They are located at each terminal and offer subscription rates. They also offer private charter services.
Heli Securite offers one-way and roundtrip flights to Nice Airport, plus private charters, panoramic flights and more.
Also offering helicopter service for private flights is Azurhelico.