Hello! In January, I visited Nice for a weekend and spent an afternoon exploring Monaco. Here are a few of the top things to do in Monte Carlo…
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Getting to Monaco
I visited Monaco from Nice as a day trip, and it was super easy. I took the train from Nice Ville station and it took 20 minutes and cost €4. To reach Monaco by air, the best route is Nice Côte D’Azur airport then the bus or train to Monaco. The bus takes €16.50 one way and it’s 45 minutes. The best option is the train which is from Nice St-Augustine station (9 minute bus/15 minute walk from the airport). It takes about 30 minutes and costs €5.
View more information about the Linges D’Azur here.
Everyday at 11:55, the palace guards do their changing ceremony. It’s really fun to see and doesn’t take too long. You also get amazing views of the city & harbour. You can also visit the palace from 10:00 to 18:00 (depending on the seasons, check here before visiting). It’s €10 to visit the part of the palace which is open to the public.
The old part of the town is next to the Palace is a great place to wander through, shop or have a coffee. In the area, there is also the Cathedral, St Martin’s Gardens and Musée Oceanographique.
You can walk from the Palace to Monaco Cathedral in about 15 minutes. The Cathedral is where Grace Kelly is buried, and was built in 1875. It’s an impressive building and definitely something to see when you’re in Monaco.
A museum of marine science and also an aquarium. It’s easily accesible via a coastal path from the Palace. It’s open from 09:30 to 19:00 (depending on the season – you can check here) and costs €14 for an adult ticket.
One of the more famous and well-known activities in Monaco, visiting the casino is a rite of passage. You can visit in the morning (10:00 – 13:00, €17 for a tour), but the games don’t open until 14:00. To play, you have to be 18+ and dressed appropriately (this varies from afternoon to evening). Entry is €10.
Port & Waterfront
If you want to see some amazing boats, then head down to the port and try to guess who the yachts belong to!
The Exotic Garden is open from 09:00 until 17:00 everyday and it costs €7.40. The garden is open and on top of a cliff (you can take an elevator up). At the base, there is a cave that you can explore to learn more about pre-historic eras. From the garden, there are great views of the city and it’s a nice way to spend an hour or so.
You can view a guide to all of Monaco’s gardens here.
Walk the Formula One Track
Since the Grand Prix route is through the streets, it’s quite easy to follow the path that they take. It’s 2 miles so you can walk it in 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on your pace – be aware that some parts are quite steep.
Find more info on the Grand Prix route here.
Each year, the museum offers two exhibitions across the Villa Sauber and the Villa Paloma. It’s free for anyone under 26 and on Sundays but otherwise it costs €6 and is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Guided tours are available free of charge but you need to email in advance to book.
I hope you found this list of what to do in Monaco useful! Have you visited this small country? Let me know your recommendations in the comments!
Bye for now x