Most of the time when you arrive at an international airport, the normal way to get to your hotel is usually taxi, bus or train or maybe even boat in the case of Venice. Not when you arrive at Nice international however and are travelling onto Monaco! The most spectacular way to travel to Monaco is via helicopter!
Nice international airport takes in most of the passengers arriving in this region with daily flights from most corners of Europe, the US (often via Paris) and further a field. As you step off the place and collect your luggage, follow the signs for helicopter transfer to Monaco.
There are a variety of firms operating helicopter flights out of here including Heli Air Monaco who we flew with although it appeared to me that the number of companies operating at any one time varies very much according to time of day and time of season that you visit.
At the desk they will take payment (via credit card only), check your details etc and then walk you through to the departure area. Your luggage is all taken care of from this point, so relax and enjoy your holiday!
The flight time from Nice airport to Monaco (only one heli-pad) is approximately 6 or seven minutes one way.
Flights take off approx every 15 minutes running in both directions.
You need your passport when you fly and you and your luggage goes through security checks as with any flight. You do take your luggage onto the flight with the you and the helicopters seats up to six persons with luggage although we had one to ourselves!
You can book in advance or just turn up at the airport as we did and only had to wait 10 minutes for the next flight.
Tickets are approx 80 euros per person one way and include ground transfer to your hotel once you land (if you travel back then ring the company and they will collect you and your luggage from your hotel).
Once you have bought your ticket you will be walked to the departure gate and then driven across the air field before boarding your helicopter. You don’t need to touch your luggage as it is all taken care of for you!
You take off from the airport and head out over sea to take in the fantastic views of the coastline and water in this wonderful way to travel!
It’s a great way to feel like the rich and famous and a really interesting way to see what Monaco has to offer from an unusual view point!
The helicopters used are small with one pilot, 2 smaller seats up front (great for kids) and four larger seats in the back. It’s very comfy and although take off is strange as you kind of glide and pivot, it’s very smooth once you are in the air and landing is great fun!
Other modes of transport?
A taxi takes approximately 40 minutes and costs 80 euros and is actually a very nice journey through some spectacular mountain backdrops. We took a taxi on the return journey and very much enjoyed the contrast.