Train tickets in Monaco
With a short Mediterranean coastline and landlocked by France on all other sides, the Principality of Monaco is one of the smallest territories in the world. Only the Vatican City is smaller. There is just one train station in the country, Monaco-Monte-Carlo, which is on the main train route between Nice and Menton. This is also known as the Riviera coastal railway.
Monaco-Monte-Carlo station is, rather surprisingly, hidden away underground although, in this highly populated principality, land comes at a high price. However, the station is elegant in a subterranean sort of way. From its two platforms, trains leave for destinations as distant as Milan and Moscow. There is a once-daily direct TGV to Paris which takes 6 hrs 40 mins but, for most French destinations, it’s best to take a local train to nearby Nice (just 15 mins) and connect there onto the French long-distance network.
For those looking to make local excursions from Monaco, there’s a superb network of Riviera connections such as to the aforementioned Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Menton and the ever ‘bella Ventimiglia’ just across the the Italian border. There is also a regular train to the inland, sweet-smelling town of Grasse in the hills north of Cannes. You can also travel to many other countries either directly from Monaco or with one change. The fact that there are direct trains, albeit only infrequently, from as far away as Minsk and Moscow says something about the principality’s enduring popularity.