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Turn right as you come of the little terminal building. The train station is 5 minutes walk along the front, past the restaurants to the mini roundabout, up the steps. They run about every 30 mins. & cost about 5 euro return. There is also a bus service, should you wish.
There is a train service, once you are brought in by tender you will see the railway line at least the tunnel over on your right as you arrive in the harbour. It is about 15/20 mins walk plus a few stairs to get up to the platform. It is not always manned so have some euro coins with you as there is a ticket machine on the north platform [furthest from the sea] I think the cost is 3/4/5 euros but can remember exactly. The north platfrom is the one to take you to Monte Carlo, there ate trains roughly every 35/40 mins. The route is quite picturesque in parts and the palce itself is worth seeing. My first impressions of the casino is it looks a lot smaller than I imagined from seeing it on films/TV.
Forgot to add the journey time is around 45/50 mins and I think Wilba must walk faster than we do !!
Quick March! Eyes front, Left Right, Left Right, Left Right.
Easy - walk to the bus stop on the main road and catch the #100 bus - will take about 20 mins. An all day bus pass costs €4.
Because it was a hot day, we took the easy option, and jumped in a taxi waiting as you get off the tender to shore. Agreed a fair price for him to take us to all the sights in about 3 hours, and it worked perfectly. Photo stops along the scenic route, and visited all the major sights, dropped off at the door so minimal walking. Suited us perfectly, after he dropped us off, we had a cold beer on the way back to the ship, and were happy!
Website for trains Villefranche-sur-mer to Monte Carlo
not so long on the train as I thought, I must have been thinking of the Cannes to Monte Carlo. But a warning on the steps up to the railway station if anyone in case anyone in your party has a walking disability. In which case the bus might be a better idea.
Map of Villefrance-sur-mer http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.org/pages/plan/planville.html
The SNCF sign at the top. The beaches are lovely here on you right heading for the station.
I always go by bus (#100 for Menton), one euro each way, or the all-day ticket mentioned below. The bus is every 15 minutes and with the all-day ticket you could explore the other settlements on the way back if you have time, Cap St-Jean, Beaulieu, etc. Go left out of the terminal building and head up to the main road that way as there is only one bus stop in Villefranche beside some gardens. The is a bus shelter so you will see it. You can also go to Nice in the other direction, only 10 min away. A tip for the bus back, if you go to Ste-Devote, the first corner of the GP circuit, and wait at the stop in Rue Grimaldi at the foot of the hill down from casino square then you get on the bus before all the other tourists waiting nearer the palace. There is an internal Monaco bus service but the Nice bus stops at the same stops although it isn't always indicated on the bus stop.
Wow! I am so impressed by all the answers- lots of helpful cruisers on here! Many thanks.