Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do


    Located on the French Riviera, the principality of Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world after Vatican City and offers a multitude of both historical and modern attractions. A favourite holiday destination for the rich and famous, this small country is most known for its glamour, the famous Casino de Monte Carlo and of course, the Formula 1.

    • Language: French
    • Currency: Euro (EUR)
    • Time Zone: CET (GMT+0100)

    International Travel

    The nearest international airport is Nice Cote d'Azur in France, which lies 15km from the city of Monte Carlo.

    A direct bus shuttle service (bus 110) is available from Nice Airport to Monaco for approximately €33, which can be pre-booked.


    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    Car collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco - A must-see for any car enthusiast, Prince Rainier III’s impressive car collection consists of nearly one hundred classic cars. Most notably, the collection includes the Bugatti Type 35 that won the very first Monaco F1 Grand Prix back in 1929 driven by William Grover-Williams.

    Oceanographic Museum of Monaco - This aquarium and museum of marine sciences is a must visit while you are in Monaco. Founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I of Monaco, the aquarium is considered one of the best in Europe and features a spectacular shark tank, a panoramic observation deck, and a tortoise garden.

    Casino de Monte-Carlo - Often associated with fictional spy, James Bond, the Casino de Monte-Carlo is a popular gambling and entertainment complex in Monaco. As well as the casino itself, the complex is home to the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo.

    Palais Princier de Monaco (Prince’s Palace of Monaco) - Although closed to the public over the race weekend, if you are staying in Monaco before or after the race, it’s worth visiting the Prince of Monaco’s lavish 13th century residence.

    Jardin Exotique de Monaco - Located high up on a cliffside, the botanical “exotic garden of Monaco” houses a unique collection of succulent plants in beautiful open-air surroundings. Entry also includes access to a cave within the gardens, as well as the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology.


    Weather in Monaco tends to be relatively cool yet sunny in May, with the average temperature a comfortable 17 degrees centigrade. Chances of rainfall are relatively low but it is worth bringing a light jacket in case of showers, and for those chillier evenings.

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