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How To Reach Menton
Located in south-eastern France, Menton is the last town encountered on the French Riviera before entering Italy. Situated just about a mile from the Italian border, Menton is a French seaside resort that showcases features and characteristics that are more Italian than French. Nicknamed ‘Perle de la France’ (Pearl of France), Menton is the perfect place for those looking to soak up the quintessential ambience of the French Riviera without burning a hole in their pocket. This sleeper town may not be as glamorous as its glitzy counterparts like Nice or Cannes, but is located just a short ride away from these destinations making Menton a great get-away when the fancy cities become a little too much. To know more about the most convenient ways to reach Menton, here is a list of all your options.
There are no airports in Menton. Visitors to the town are required to first fly into a city located nearby; the one travellers choose most commonly is Nice located about 30 km away. The Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport serves almost all major airlines and can be travelled to from a number of destinations around the world. There are several ways to get to Menton from Nice Airport; buses are available right outside the airport that goes to Menton directly. Travellers can also take the airport shuttle to reach the railway station in Nice and catch a train to Menton. Cabs are also available from the airport, but they are usually the more expensive option.
Menton is accessible via train from a number of European destinations. The high-speed TGV rail network is the best way to get to Menton from Paris. Travellers can also reach Menton from locations like Brussels, London, Amsterdam etc. Nice is the closest destination through rail and several trains ply the Nice-Menton route every day; the shortest route only takes 30 minutes to cover the journey between the two cities. The route is spectacularly scenic as well with the train passing through Monaco and other beautiful regions on its way to Menton. Other southern France destinations like Cannes and Antibes are also a short train ride away.
Hitting the road to reach Menton from Nice is a popular way to get to your destination if you are looking to enjoy a more laid-back and scenic route through the French countryside. Taxis are available from a number of cities nearby, as are buses and rental cars from tourist agencies across the country. The A8 Exit leads to Menton when coming in from Nice; simply follow the signs to Centre Ville. Take the Bas Corniche if coming in from Monaco or Ventimiglia in Italy.
It is most convenient to just walk around and explore the compact city of Menton. Most local attractions are situated close to each other, and while some of the main highlights of Menton like the cemetery and the churches are located up steep slopes and can prove to be quite a climb, the views from these spots are definitely worthy of the effort.