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I will be dropping off in Nice, and while it's great that it's at the airport, my flight leaves at 7:30am and TT Car Transit doesn't open until 8:00am. I would have to be checking in for my flight by 6:00am so I doubt I will be able to drop the car off that morning.

Has anybody done their paperwork a day or a few days ahead of time in Nice and then parked the car on their lot after hours? This would be much better to drive to the dropoff early in the morning and then fly out as it would save two taxi rides and a lot of time.

Also, how close is the dropoff to the passenger terminal, is it possible to walk?
 

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I was just about to do that...now since walking is out, what's the chances of hailing a taxi at 6am at 61 Route de Grenoble, the drop off office?
 

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I was just about to do that...now since walking is out, what's the chances of hailing a taxi at 6am at 61 Route de Grenoble, the drop off office?
We dropped off at about 10am on a Friday. First, TT Transit is quite a walk in the industrial park from Grenoble. Second, the parking area is behind a large secure sliding gate. I do not suspect you can (or would want to) leave your car outside the secure area. And lastly, Grenoble is a minor thoroughfare (Route N99) and did not seem to have cruising taxis.

I recommend you drop off the previous day and TT will take you to the Airport Bus station and you can ride a bus to anywhere in the area for One Euro, even to Antibes or Cannes.

Also, an appointment IS NECESSARY as they are lightly staffed (one nice young lady that Friday) and seem to often lockup and leave for airport dropoff, etc.
 

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That's too bad...will there be taxi's at the airport station? We are heading back to Monte Carlo then if I have to do it the day before, such an early flight it ruins the whole point dropping off at the airport for me!
 

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That's too bad...will there be taxi's at the airport station? We are heading back to Monte Carlo then if I have to do it the day before, such an early flight it ruins the whole point dropping off at the airport for me!
Where are you staying the day before drop off? I mean, they have a great train system that connects all the cities there and you could easily drop

We had a 7:50am flight and dropped of the day before. I did send TT Transit an email that I wanted to drop off at 16:00 on that specific date and they sent an email back that they'd be expecting me. Sure enough, they were there. The guy even gave us a ride to the airport. We took the bus back into Nice from there. Piece of cake.

But if you're heading back to Monte Carlo, and dropping off the day before, are you cabbing it to the airport the next morning? That's gonna cost at least 60 euros to get to the airport the next morning. eesh. :eeps:
 

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This is a time when it pays to have time, resources and flexibility at hand. Run through a couple of "What If" scenarios, and choose the best one. I dropped off in Nice on May 7, and they were polite and efficient. My flight was at 1.00pm and I dropped off at 11.30am. I was at the airport before 12 - they scrambled once I told them I was late for my flight. This was not unusual for them.

Here are some options to consider:

1. TT is located in a compound that also includes AVIS. Avis opens at 6am. They could call a taxi for you, or give you a ride there (with a Tip I expect).

2. You're less than 1 mile from an airport. I would consider my chances of getting a taxi to be good because of that. I took a 6am flight in Europe once - there were taxis everywhere near the airport.

3. Consider arranging a 6am drop off. You may want to offer a 50 Euro surcharge for this.

4. Stay the night before in Nice, near the airport. Its just overnight, so nothing fancy.

5. Monaco has airport buses that are about 16.50 euro from memory.

6. Taxi is about 85 Euro from Monaco to NCE (quoted by the hotel).

7. Sign the paperwork and drop off on the day outside of the gate. I parked on the street in Nice when I was there for the day, and my car was still there. TT is in a compound within a larger compound. Is that 2 hours risk worth taking?

So if you run through the "What Ifs" - the worst thing that can really happen is your car gets stolen - and you get a new one. What's so bad about that? Just one of life's little things.
 

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This is a time when it pays to have time, resources and flexibility at hand. Run through a couple of "What If" scenarios, and choose the best one. I dropped off in Nice on May 7, and they were polite and efficient. My flight was at 1.30pm and I dropped off at 11.30am. I was at the airport before 12 - they scrambled once I told them I was late for my flight.

Here are some options to consider:

1. TT is located in a compound that also includes AVIS. Avis opens at 6am. They could call a taxi for you, or give you a ride there (with a Tip I expect).

2. You're less than 1 mile from an airport. I would consider my chances of getting a taxi to be good because of that. I took a 6am flight in Europe once - there were taxis everywhere near the airport.

3. Consider arranging a 6am drop off. You may want to offer a 50 Euro surcharge for this.

4. Stay the night before in Nice, near the airport. Its just overnight, so nothing fancy.

5. Monaco has airport buses that are about 16.50 euro from memory.

6. Taxi is about 85 Euro from Monaco to NCE (quoted by the hotel).

7. Sign the paperwork and drop off on the day outside of the gate. I parked on the street in Nice when I was there for the day, and my car was still there. TT is in a compound within a larger compound. Is that 2 hours risk worth taking?

So if you run through the "What Ifs" - the worst thing that can really happen is your car gets stolen - and you get a new one. What's so bad about that? Just one of life's little things.
:stupid: Big time.

We did #4 and stayed on the Promenade de Anglaise which was close to everything (I mean we walked from there to main square and by the Musee de Contemporain).

You're right about the 85 euro taxi ride. I remember the hotel quoting that as well from Roquebrune Cap Martin, but figured it be less since Monaco was closer.
 

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Yeah I read about the taxi cost it's insane..hotel is booked for Monte Carlo though and I have a flight out of London at 240pm. There's an 11am flight from NCE-LHR but arriving at 12:15pm in LHR I'm not sure if there will be time to go check in for 2:40PM departure, on another airline.

I could possibly check in for the flight before 6am then drive over and leave the car at AVIS at 6am if they allowed that? Then get a ride/taxi. I would walk if I had to, I've walked from Harms in Munich to the ubahn at midnight so this can't be that bad..just it doesn't sound like the parking lot will be open or will it at 6am?
 

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Yeah I read about the taxi cost it's insane..just it doesn't sound like the parking lot will be open or will it at 6am?
Not really - taxi cost is similar to Germany, England, etc. Its high to encourage public transportation I believe.

I don't think the TT lot will be open at 6am - you could always email them - address is on the bmwusa.com site.
 

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I think I would rather drop it off the day before, rent a car, drive to Monte Carlo and drive myself to the airport in the morning and drop off at Avis, shuttle to the airport

How does that sound?

EDIT: Ok, maybe not. Avis rentals start at $320 a day in NCE..
 

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I think I would rather drop it off the day before, rent a car, drive to Monte Carlo and drive myself to the airport in the morning and drop off at Avis, shuttle to the airport

How does that sound?

EDIT: Ok, maybe not. Avis rentals start at $320 a day in NCE..
Why not hang out in Monte Carlo during the day before departure and drop off in Nice at like 5:30pm and stay in Nice for the night?

You can cancel your Monte Carlo hotel reservation for a modest charge ($25) as long as you do so outside 24 hours of check-in. Plus, the cab fare from Nice is like 20 euros to the airport.
 

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I'm gonna hope I can arrange something to drop it off in the early AM, otherwise taxi/helicopter to NCE..this is complicated. Anybody know how the Fairmont is? It was #1 on tripadvisor but some other places look good too. I suppose parking is expensive to.

Do I really need the car in Monte Carlo? We will be coming from Provence where I might want to drive around St. Tropez and whatever else is around there, but once in Monte Carlo will there be anywhere to go?
 

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I'm gonna hope I can arrange something to drop it off in the early AM, otherwise taxi/helicopter to NCE..this is complicated. Anybody know how the Fairmont is? It was #1 on tripadvisor but some other places look good too. I suppose parking is expensive to.

Do I really need the car in Monte Carlo? We will be coming from Provence where I might want to drive around St. Tropez and whatever else is around there, but once in Monte Carlo will there be anywhere to go?
Depends on what you want to see in Monaco. Look in Frommers or Lonely Planet or other travel books to see what you'd like to do. We didn't stay long.. just enough time to walk around a little and check out the mall underneath this hotel (can't remember the name, but there was a Bentley pulling out -they're everywhere) that was one of the nicest malls I've been to.

The other thing is that there's a great train system that runs along the coast and there's a station right behind the Monte Carlo Casino. You could check the train schedule and see how early those trains run and see if there's a connection to the airport.

We didn't drive in Monaco only because at the time it wasn't permitted. I'd drive just to be one of the first to do it legally. It's hilly like San Francisco. Really nice.

Again, it's your logistics that's the challenge. Once you figure out the drop off and when, you can work travel around that.
 

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I haven't actually researched any of these places...St. Moritz, Milan, Provence, Monte Carlo..those are the stops. Was thinking of trying to get to Portofino on the way from Milan but decided maybe to stop for lunch in San Remo or another town on the way to the Riviera..

As far as what I want to see!? No idea
 

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I'm gonna hope I can arrange something to drop it off in the early AM, otherwise taxi/helicopter to NCE..this is complicated. Anybody know how the Fairmont is? It was #1 on tripadvisor but some other places look good too. I suppose parking is expensive to.

Do I really need the car in Monte Carlo? We will be coming from Provence where I might want to drive around St. Tropez and whatever else is around there, but once in Monte Carlo will there be anywhere to go?
The Fairmont is very nice and very expensive. Taxi, helicopter, & limo info:

Taxi:
Cost is approximately 90 Euro
Please note: only cash is accepted. (No credit cards)

Helicopter Service:
Cost is approximately 109 Euro per person
Available at Terminal 1

Monte-Carlo Limousine
Av. Des Spelugues, Monaco 98000 ***8226; +377 93 50 82 65
Company Website: www.monte-carlolimousine.com
As to whether you need the car there--it depends on what you want to do. If you plan to stay in Monaco, there is no need for a car. But most of the good museums are in Nice. And you shouldn't miss the MUSÉE DE L'AUTOMOBILISTE in Mougins, directly off the Autoroute A8 between Nice and Cannes. http://www.musauto.fr.st/
 

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Regarding the helicopter, that would be from Monte Carlo to the airport, does it come to the hotels?

Fairmont doesn't look as opulent as the others, maybe I'm missing something..Hotel de Paris, Hermitage and Beach or Bay hotel one of them has a nice pool, I wonder what the chances of walking in for drinks by the pool are
 

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I will be dropping off in Nice, and while it's great that it's at the airport, my flight leaves at 7:30am and TT Car Transit doesn't open until 8:00am. I would have to be checking in for my flight by 6:00am so I doubt I will be able to drop the car off that morning.

Has anybody done their paperwork a day or a few days ahead of time in Nice and then parked the car on their lot after hours? This would be much better to drive to the dropoff early in the morning and then fly out as it would save two taxi rides and a lot of time.

Also, how close is the dropoff to the passenger terminal, is it possible to walk?
I dropped off in Nice in 2005 without any problems. They even shuttled me to my Hotel since I had the same exact issue and dropped off the evening before. Make sure that you email them before and setup a drop off time/date.
 

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Regarding the helicopter, that would be from Monte Carlo to the airport, does it come to the hotels?

Fairmont doesn't look as opulent as the others, maybe I'm missing something..Hotel de Paris, Hermitage and Beach or Bay hotel one of them has a nice pool, I wonder what the chances of walking in for drinks by the pool are
My recollection is that there is a heliport almost on the coastline, about 0.5 km from the Fairmont. From the web, the address is:
HELIPORT DE MONACO
AV. DES LIGURES MC 98000
The Quai des Princes and the Columbus are closer.

I'm not used to the new viamichelin interface, but the following MAY show all this:
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/viamic...+LIGURES+&strMerged=monaco&ie=UTF-8&x=47&y=12

The Fairmont is large and rather modern. (I'm a memeber of their "club", and I have liked the service at all of their properties that I have visitied.) As far as "opulence", Amex PTS recommends the Metropole or the Hotel de Paris. We don't like casinos, so if it were my choice, we'd stay in Nice at the Palais de la Méditerranée or the Negresco. And if someone else were paying, I'd like to try the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc outside of Antibes. (Actually, given what we'll be paying in Vienna next month, the Hotel du Cap's prices don't seem all that bad to me. And reading between the lines of the negative comments on Tripadvisor, it sounds even more appealing!)
 

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The heliport is in Fontveille, on the western edge of Monaco.
 
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