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Day Trip from Nice to Eze and Monaco

Eze and Monaco are two of the most popular day trips from Nice and, with careful planning, it's possible to visit both Eze and Monaco on a day trip from Nice using public transport. In addition to the attractions of Eze and Monaco, the journey between them along the Moyenne Corniche is spectacular. Sit on the right side of the bus if possible!

View from moyenne corniche

Because of the difficulties of entering and getting around Monaco by car, it's far preferable to use public transport.

Here's what to know.

Although Monaco is connected by train to Nice, Eze village is not. Eze village is only accessible by bus. It's possible to take a train to Monaco in the morning and a bus to Eze in the afternoon but I recommend doing it the other way around. Visiting Eze in the morning allows you to avoid a crush of tourists; visiting Monaco in the afternoon means missing cruise ship passengers which discharge in the morning.

There are two buses that connect Nice with Eze village: Bus 82 run by Nice's city transport, Lignes d'Azur or bus 602 (formerly bus 112 which no longer exists) run by the regional Zou network. Both buses begin the journey at Nice's Gare Routiere (bus station) at Vauban. The bus station at Vauban lies on Tram line 1.

Frequency is not great on either line. Buses run every 45 minutes or so Monday to Saturday. Bus 82 runs hourly on Sunday and bus 602 doesn't run at all which is why a day trip from Nice to Eze AND Monaco is only possible Monday to Saturday. There is no bus connection between Monaco and Eze on Sunday.

I recommend taking the 82 bus to Eze as it's more frequent than the 602 bus. Here's the schedule:

Schedule line 82

Try to board before the Bavastro stop to have any hope of getting a seat. Bus 82 is on the Lignes d'Azur line which means that your Lignes d'Azur card or pass covers this trip. It takes less than 30 minutes from Nice to Eze.

Spend about 1 1/2 hours to visit Eze. Check out the

Flower-lined street

Flower-lined streets

Eze Village

Medieval houses

Medieval street in Eze

Medieval streets

Cactus from Jardin Exotique, Eze

Jardin Exotique

Notre Dame of the Assomption church, Eze

Notre Dame de l'Assomption church

Then, hop board the 602 bus for the 30-minute (in principle) trip to Monaco. Line 602 is run by Zou, the regional bus network. Buy a ticket from the driver for €2.50.

The 602 bus drops you in front of the Monaco tourist office from which it's a few minutes walk to Monte Carlo Casino.

Monte Carlo Casion

Monte Carlo Casino

Do take a look at the ornate Atrium of the Casino. It's free!

After visiting Monte Carlo, you'll want to check out Monaco Ville. It's possible to walk between Monte Carlo and Monaco Ville by following the Formula 1 racetrack along the port but it's not particularly scenic. Local buses 1 and 2 connect the two places.

Highlights of Monaco Ville include the Prince's Palace, home of Prince Albert II

Prince's Palace, Monaco

the Cathedral where the late Princess Grace is buried

Cathedral, Monaco

view over Port Hercule

View over Port Hercule, Monaco

pretty pastel houses

Houses in Monaco Ville, Monaco

After visiting Monaco Ville either walk the kilometre or so to the train station or take bus 4. Trains back to Nice are frequent and the trip takes about 30 minutes.

Last updated May 16, 2024

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