Monaco, the world's smallest independent state after the Vatican, offers a 2 km² of sites and activities to keep you on your toes for several days, with your eyes lost in the deep blue of the Mediterranean. What strikes you in this tiny city-state trapped along the French Riviera between Cap d'Ail and Roquebrune Cap-Martin is the tangle of ultra-modern towers, remarkable villas, wealthy buildings and older houses whose wonderfully sculpted façades can date back more than a century and a half. A mix of genres where the historic Princely Palace of the Renaissance period - some of which can be visited for part of the year - is next to the futuristic Yatch club anchored in the bay. There is a lot to see and do on "Le Rocher", well accompanied by his Monaco tour guide, between the Monte-Carlo casino, the oceanographic museum or the exotic garden built on the hillside. Monaco is also the temple of shopping, between the shops on Quai Louis II and the magnificent Metropolitan Shopping Center decorated with chandeliers.

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When to go to Monaco?

The best time to visit Monaco is from March to early May, and from September to October. These are the best moments to discover Monaco and its riches in peace and quiet while enjoying the mild climate. In addition, prices are sometimes more affordable and the beaches, almost deserted at those times, will give you the impression of having the sea and the sun just for you! The high season extends from May to the end of August. The tourist flow is at this time the most important: individuals, excursionists and cruise passengers massively tread the Principality's ground. It is also the most concentrated season in terms of events and demonstrations such as the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, held towards the end of May. Don't expect to find accommodation when you arrive unexpectedly.

How to go to Monaco? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Specialised travel agencies offer packages combining accommodation and tickets to attend major sporting and cultural events organised all year round in the Principality: Monte-Carlo Rally, Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters, Formula 1 Grand Prix, International Circus Festival, Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival...

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Your arrival by plane will be at Nice Côte d'Azur airport, about 30 minutes from the Principality. It is also possible to take the train to the underground station of Monaco-Monte-Carlo. If you take the car, please note that access to Monaco-Ville is limited to vehicles registered in Monaco and the Alpes Maritimes. The others will have to park at the Parking des Pêcheurs, whose pedestrian access allows them to reach the centre of Monaco-Ville in a few minutes.

The streets of the Principality are quickly crowded by the approximately 100,000 vehicles that circulate there every day. Numerous traffic jams that can also be explained by the small size of the territory: it is therefore better to walk or use public transport. Monaco's bus company obviously serves any area of the Principality.

Prepare for your trip Monaco

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
  • Airbnb rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The best time to visit Monaco is from March to early May, and from September to October. These are the best moments t...
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Weather forecast

Monaco enjoys a temperate and Mediterranean climate. With a sunshine rate of around 300 days per year, the Principali...
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Budget

The Principality of Monaco is authorised to use the euro. There are of course the beautiful hotel rooms of the great...
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Formalities

Entry and exit to and from Monegasque territory is via French territory, Monaco being a landlocked country. Although...
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Health

No particular vaccine is required, but make sure you are up to date with your so-called "classic" vaccines: tuberculo...
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How to travel by yourself?

Your arrival by plane will be at Nice Côte d'Azur airport, about 30 minutes from the Principality. It is also possib...
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How to get organized?

Specialised travel agencies offer packages combining accommodation and tickets to attend major sporting and cultural...
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Getting around

The streets of the Principality are quickly crowded by the approximately 100,000 vehicles that circulate there every...
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