A Complete Guide to Spending the Day in Monaco

LOCATION: MONACO

Monaco is the small country located in southern France upon the coast. Known for its grand prix, famous casino and expensive harbour full of luxurious boats the little country has lots to offer. Although the country is the second smallest in the world being only 2km square it is home to the most millionaires and billionaires within one country and with a population of over 36,000 it is also the most densely populated country within the world. The colourful buildings, bright blue sea and quant hilly streets however will have you falling in love with the country.

Being such a small country and a playground for millionaires and billionaires the country can however be rather expensive to spend the night in. Luckily we was able to visit the country for the day while visiting Nice, France. Being only 14 miles away you are able to drive or get the train from Nice to Monte Carlo in 30-45 minutes.
Getting to Monaco . . .

Flying: Monaco unfortunately does not have its own airport to fly into. This means you will have to fly into the closest airport to Monaco which is Nice. However only being 14 miles away this is not unlike flying to any country and making your way to your hotel. The only downside of flying into Nice to get to Monaco is if you plan on using public transport. Although the train is super easy to use there is not a station located at the airport so you will have to leave the airport and walk to the closest station - St Augustin, Nice. This is approximately half a mile and a 15 minute walk. Perfect if you need to stretch your legs after a long flight, however not so perfect if you just want to get to your hotel.

Driving: Monaco has multiple roads where you can enter the country. Whether you are traveling from Nice, in land France or even Italy. Driving into the country is simple as long as you know the way and don't mind driving up and down a few hills. However bare in mind that some roads require you to pay tolls.

Train: This may be one of the easiest ways to get into the country. You don't need to worry about finding your own way into the country, just make sure that you jump on the right train. With trains from Nice and Italy you are able to get a train from either side of the country effortlessly. We got a train from Nice to Monte Carlo which was super easy and cheap. With tickets from just 3.60 euros each way and an average journey time of 25 minutes. Along the way you are able to see the sea and the towering hills as you make your way into a new country.
Getting around in Monaco . . .

Although the country is only 2km square you still have a wide variety of options to get around the country to see everything. Known as the millionaires playground the country is home to breath-taking buildings; beautiful views and lots of fun things to see and do. With lots going on and lots to explore you need the best way for you to get around and see everything you want to see.

Tour buses: This is a great idea if you would like to see all of the sights using just the one type of transport. The bus enables you to see multiple sights and hop on and off as you wish during the route. With 12 stops you are able to see all the best sights that the country has to offer. This could be with a one day ticket or a two day ticket depending on how long you are visiting for. Being an open top bus you can also admire the views from up higher or inside on a colder day. The bus allows you to see everything you want to see without tiring your legs.

Walking: Of course this is probably the most tiring option to get around the country, however it may be the best option if you want to see the country. We find that when we explore somewhere on foot we are able to see more of the place and experience what it is like for the locals. Whether this means walking up a steep hill to visit the palace but being able to experience the breath-taking views on the way or walking the length of the harbour to see all the extraordinary boats. In Monaco walking to your destination can be hard work due to the hills and the heat if it is a nice day but the views and sights you are able to see on foot are definitely worth the walk.

Cycling: If you want to use your own type of transport and don't fancy walking then hiring a bike to explore the country can be perfect. Cycling enables you the freedom to explore where you wish at your own pace and see sights along the way. However being Monaco bare in mind that it is very hilly and can be harder work than you think.

Taxi: This can be a rather expensive option and will leave you sitting in traffic longer than you are moving. With the country not being too big public transport can work out much faster and cheaper than a private taxi.
What to see . . .

Although the country is only small there are lots of sights to see and places to visit. With the grand prix being a big attraction for the country even quiet streets are worth seeing. The colourful buildings and delicate winding streets overlooking the crystal blue sea and ginormous boats make the country very pretty.  

Grand Prix Monaco: The Grand Prix is a formula one motor race which takes place through the streets of Monaco. Due to the small winding streets the course is known as a narrow but glamorous and prestige course. Being home to the grand prix the country does also attract expensive and impressive cars all year round even when the grand prix isn't on.  

Prince's Palace of Monaco: The Palace of Monaco is located at the top of one of Monaco's many hills overlooking the harbour and out to sea. Home to Grimaldi family the palace is highly guarded and can only be entered with a tour ticket. The ticket allows you to enter certain rooms within the palace to admire the history and architecture. However if you do not have a ticket or do not wish to go inside the Palace is still worth the visit due to its pretty location and stunning buildings. This is a rather busy attraction which is popular to go and visit when in Monaco.

Monte Carlo Casino: Known as the millionaires playground Monaco is home to a few casinos, one of these being the Monte Carlo Casino. Located at casino square the casino is one of the prettiest buildings and must see sights when in the country. Open 2pm-4am the casino is only accessible with i.d and the correct attire.

Les Pavillons Monte Carlo: This is the white domed shopping walk photographed below. Home to some of the best designer shops you can find the shopping walk is for those who do not have a budget.
We was able to find some of the prettiest buildings upon the hill which is home to the palace.
Important information . . .

When visiting a new country it is always helpful to know a little bit about the place you are visiting. Even if you only find out the basic information you need to know you will be well on your way to having the best time in Monaco. Although Monaco is its own country there is not too much that you need to know when entering from France. These basic tips and information will help you get started:

  • Passport - Although Monaco is a different country you do not need a passport to get in. However it would be a great idea to take yours along with you for i.d to get into any casinos.

  • Accommodation - If you only plan on spending the one day in Monaco it would be cheaper to find accommodation in Nice which is only a half hour journey.

  • Language - Due to Monaco bordering France the majority of the Monaco population speak French alongside very good English.

  • Currency - The currency used within the country is euros, which is perfect if travelling in from France. However you will notice that items are more expensive due to Monaco being an expensive country.
We would love to know what you thought of Monaco? Do you have any recommendations?

Love Chloe and Megan

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