Fastest journey9hr 13m
The traditional route by train from London to Monaco is via Paris, taking a morning Eurostar to the French capital to join the early afternoon TGV direct to Monaco. The entire journey takes ten hours. Bookings for this route usually open three months in advance. However, for the summer holiday season Loco2 is often able to sell tickets four months in advance. Book early for the cheapest tickets.
On those days when Eurostar runs a direct train to Marseille, it is also possible to reach Monaco with just one change of train at Marseille-St-Charles station. There are alternative routes via Lille or Lyon, but these all require an additional change of train in Nice. Note that the once-popular route via Paris and then on by the overnight Train Bleu to the Côte d'Azur is no longer an option. The night train from the French capital to the Riviera ran for the last time in late 2017.
London to Paris
Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Monaco-Monte-Carlo
The daily direct high-speed TGV from Paris to Monaco Monte Carlo departs from the Gare de Lyon in the afternoon. The train is usually a TGV Duplex, so book a seat on the upper deck for the best views.
The train dashes south from Paris to reach its first stop at Aix-en-Provence in just under three hours. Thereafter the pace is more leisurely and the scenery becomes ever more captivating as the train tracks east towards Nice and beyond. Between Aix and Monaco, the train makes five more stops. Newcomers to Monaco are often surprised to find that the train arrives at a subterranean station. It’s not quite the sunshine welcome that many travellers expect.
Other journeys to Monaco View all journeys to Monaco
- From Paris from £47.00
- From Nice from £4.00
- From Cannes from £6.50
- From Milan from £13.70
- From Marseille from £25.00