Menton, one of my favorite places to visit in the South of France, is easily accessible from the city of Nice and therefore, is a perfect idea for a day trip.
Looking for the best way to get from Nice to Menton? In this article, I’ll share with you all the different transportation options available so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.
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Menton is a beautiful town located on the French Riviera, just east of Nice.
The town is known for its stunning scenery, lovely weather, and – of course – its delicious lemons. In fact, Menton is sometimes referred to as the “city of lemon” due to the large number of citrus trees that can be found in the area.
The town also has a rich history, dating back to Roman times. These days, Menton is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy its sunny climate, stunning setting, and of course to celebrate Fete du Citron – the annual lemon festival.
Read: 21 Amazing Things to Do in Menton
Getting from Nice to Menton
There are a few different ways to get from Nice to Menton, depending on your budget and preferences.
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The easiest – and quickest – way to get from Nice to Menton is by taking the train (Omio).
Nice to Menton by train
If you’re looking for a quicker option (and my personal favorite), the train is your best bet. The ride from Nice to Menton only takes about 38 minutes, and trains run frequently throughout the day. Tickets are a bit more expensive than the bus, starting at around 5 euros, but if you’re short on time, it’s definitely worth it.
Also, this is definitely the most scenic route as the train runs along the coast, so you’ll be able to enjoy some stunning views along the way.
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Nice to Menton by bus
The most direct route is by bus, taking the LR100. The trip takes about an hour, which is longer than if you were to take the train, but it’s way more affordable at only around 2 euros for the ticket. The buses leave every 30 minutes, so planning is key.
Nice to Menton by car
Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always rent a car and drive yourself.
If you’re planning on doing some other exploring in the area or just prefer to have your own transportation, driving is always an option. The drive from Nice to Menton is about 25 minutes, and super beautiful as well.
The biggest upside of driving to Menton is the freedom it gives you of being able to stop along the way to enjoy different sights (places like Eze and Monaco are definitely worth a visit!) or take a different route back.
Just be aware that parking can be difficult (and expensive) in Menton, so factor that into your plan especially if you visit during summer.
Nice to Menton by taxi
Finally, if you’re looking for a more luxurious (and expensive) private option, you can always take a taxi from Nice to Menton. The trip only takes about 25 minutes and will cost you between $120 and $150.
If you decide to take a taxi, make sure to schedule in advance as they can be hard to come by – especially during peak tourist season.
How to get around Menton, France
Now that you’ve made it to Menton, it’s time to explore!
There are a few different ways to get around the city, depending on your preferences.
On foot: Menton is a small town, and therefore very easy to explore on foot. This is definitely the best way to see the sights and get a feel for the town and its atmosphere.
By bike: Menton is very flat, making it a great place to explore by bike. You can either bring your own or rent one from one of the many rental shops in town.
By bus: Menton also has a public bus system called Zest that can take you to different neighborhoods and points of interest within the city. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Zest stops.
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Where to stay in Menton, France
Still haven’t booked accommodation in Menton? Don’t worry, there are plenty of options to choose from.
My favorites are Ibis Styles Menton Centre, Hotel Chambord and Hôtel Riva Art & Spa.
Read: The Best Hotels in Menton, France.
Conclusion: What is the best way of getting from Nice to Menton?
So there you have it! These are just a few of the options for getting from Nice to Menton. While all of them are relatively simple and straightforward, I would recommend taking the train as it is the quickest and most convenient option.
No matter which method of transportation you choose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time in the wonderful town of Menton.
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