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Monaco What To See – Travel Guide

Monaco with its main district Monte Carlo is one of the most luxurious destinations in Europe. This place is the heaven for gamblers, shopping addicts and those who love elegant hotels, posh restaurants and yacht cruises. See our Monaco What To See – Travel Guide and organize your trip to the fabulous French Riviera with us!

How to get in Monaco

 

FLIGHT

Gdansk – Milan Bergamo – Gdansk (Wizz Air, €20 RT)

 

Then: BUS

Bergamo airport Orio al Serio – Milan Central station – Bergamo airport Orio al Serio (Orio Shuttle bus, online from €8 RT, goes every 30 or 60 minutes, takes 50 minutes)

Then: 1st TRAIN

Milan Central station – Ventimiglia – Milan Central station (Trenitalia intercity train, online from €19,80 RT, a few trains every day, takes 4h)

Then: 2nd TRAIN

Ventimiglia – Monaco Monte Carlo – Ventimiglia (SNCF train, at the counter, €8.80 RT, goes every hour, takes 28 min)

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Our journey passed quickly due to panoramas from the window
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Picturesque view of French Riviera from the train
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Italian railways sells nice and vintage tickets
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Railway routes in French Riviera
Notice: Going to Monaco from Milan is an alternative and long way! The simplest way to arrive in this small country is from nearby Nice. Nice airport serves some budget flights, e.g. from Warsaw, Budapest, Vilnius (Wizz Air), Dublin (Ryanair), Barcelona (Vueling) or Amsterdam (Transavia). However the most of low-cost flights are offered by easyJet, which have many connections from big cities in western Europe. You can easily find your tickets for not more than $50-60 RT. We decided on more difficult Milan-Ventimiglia-Monaco route, because there were not better flight options to reach Monaco from Poland that time. But we don’t regret it at all – train rides was pleasant, comfortable and showed us the various beauty of Italian and French provinces. Riding through the magic French Riviera just a couple of meters from the shore was an unforgettable experience.

How to get around Monaco

On foot. Monaco is so tiny that there’s no need to take any transport. However if you would like to, you can catch public buses – €1.5/ single ticket bought at the counter (approx. $1.6), €2/ single ticket on board (approx. $2.2).

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Stylish buildings in the center of Monte Carlo – everything is really close to each other there

What to see in Monaco

The majority of tourist attendance in Monaco is focused on one of four its quarters – Monte Carlo.

MONTE CARLO CASINO

The most know attraction in Monaco and one of the most famous casinos in the world. Entrance to gaming rooms costs €10 (approx. $12), but it’s free to see the lobby of the Casino. There’s an obligatory and free of charge changing room where you must leave your coat. An interesting fact is that citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter any gaming rooms.

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Monte Carlo Casino

MONTE CARLO HARBOUR

The heart of Monte Carlo with luxurious ships moored along the bank. Beautiful place for romantic evening walks.

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the Harbour

THE PRINCE’S PALACE OF MONACO

Residence of the Prince of Monaco placed on the hill with a unique view on the harbour. Visiting inside is only available from 2nd of April to 15th of October, Tickets: €8/ adult (approx. $9), €4/ student (approx. $4.5). Unfortunately, we visited Monaco in December… :( For detailed info CLICK HERE

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The Prince’s Palace of Monaco

SAINT NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL

Main church in Monaco-Ville with impressive facade. It’s worth to glance at it. The cathedral is located just a short walk from the Palace.

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Monaco Cathedral

 

Sleeping, Eating, Safety and other tips

 

SLEEPING

Hotels in Monaco are V E R Y expensive even in a low season. Cheapest double rooms start from €100/ night (approx. $120). There are no hostels, so try to find accommodation in nearby French towns (Nice or Menton). Great connections between them and Monaco are served by SNCF regional trains. If you arrive at the Monte Carlo station to catch the train at the late evening, remember to have some coins left to buy your ticket. Vending machines don’t accept notes and ticket counters may be closed that time. For our night we took a double room in Menton for €37/ night (approx. $44), but you can find doubles in Nice for €30 (approx. $36) and beds in dorms for €15 (approx. $18).

EATING

Next to the harbour (across the street) there’s a supermarket called Casino supermarche where you can buy some food in reasonable prices. If you are looking for a cheap dinner in Monaco and you can’t afford expensive restaurants, there are some fast food where you can eat for approx. €10 (approx. $12), e.g. McDonald’s in the shopping mall built-in the hill under the Palace – It’s a bit hidden and you can get there by elevator.

SAFETY

Monaco is very safe. No pickpockets, beggars or scam artists. Very calm and pleasant country both in daylight and at night.

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Night panorama of Monaco

OTHER TIPS

It’s worth to take a ride by SNCF train between towns in French Riviera, because tracks go just next to the bank of the Mediterranean Sea and it’s a perfect way to see the greenery of the coast.

Even it was winter the weather was good enough – about 18°C. So, don’t worry about the temperature in Monaco, if you’re going to be there in the off-season.

In December we attended the Christmas Festival organized in front of the harbour. It was magical – live music, food booths, nice people… :) We encourage you to feel it too! Also you must try delicious churros there!

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Delicious churros with nutella at the festival

How much does it cost? (per person)

flight tickets RT: €20 (approx. $24)

airport shuttles RT: €8 (approx. $10)

Trenitalia trains RT: €19.80 (approx. $24)

SNCF trains RT: €8.60 (approx. $10)

accommodation: €18.50 (approx. $22)

food spending: €15 (approx. $18)

TOTAL for the whole trip (1 day): €90 (approx. $108)

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