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MONACO

Majestic Place of Superyachts and Billionaires

MONACO

The Billionaire’s Playground

F1 Grand Prix

We can’t talk about what Monaco is known for without discussing the Monaco Grand Prix, another fixture of the Monegasque calendar which sees supermodels, celebrities and petrol heads gather to watch the world’s best race car drivers complete to finish the Circuit de Monaco the fastest, with special attention paid to the famous hairpin turn. The atmosphere in the Principality is incredible during this time, which is usually towards the end of May.

Superyachts

Of course, superyachts and billionaires go hand in hand, and these stunningly opulent vessels line Monaco’s Port Hercules for much of the year. One of the many highlights of the Principality’s glamorous calendar is the Monaco Yacht Show in September, where these enormous luxury vessels host exclusive parties for VIPs. Tourists must not leave without a stroll along the harbour, gazing up at the sparkling superyacht decks above.

Casino de Monte-Carlo

Monaco’s Casino de Monte-Carlo is world-famous, but did you know that gambling is illegal for the Principality’s own residents? When the Casino was being developed in the mid-1800s, Princess Caroline was concerned about the effects of gambling on Monegasques, meaning that only tourists and foreign residents could enjoy its spoils, and the rules remain the same today. If you are visiting, avoid wearing shorts, sports shoes or flip flops and be sure to check out the iconic private room of Salle Médecin, which James Bond fans will recognize from Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye. Those intent on winning big should try rubbing the horse’s shiny leg on the Louis XIV statue in the Hotel de Paris lobby before, which is said to give good luck.

Travel to Monaco

AIRPORTS

Airport transfers or shuttle services are a convenient option for onward travel to your destination. Companies generally offer two types of service - private and shared transfers. Private transfers are exclusively for you - once you arrive at the airport they will take you directly to your accommodation. Some hotels offer a private airport pick-up service, so don't forget to enquire about this directly before you travel. Shared transfers are usually more cost-effective, especially for individuals and couples, the trade-off being you may need to wait for other passengers and the possibility of being dropped-off at a more central location.

TRANSFERS

If you are flying into Nice Cote d'Azur Airport then getting a bus directly to Monaco or onwards to Menton is very simple. The bus number 110 runs as an airport express shuttle, with a journey time of around 40 minutes to Monaco and 1 hour 10 minutes to Menton.

RAIL

Monaco is connected to France via the SNCF train network. The TGV, France's intercity high-speed rail service, runs direct from Paris to Monaco and takes approximately 6 hours 45 minutes. Monaco's train station is called Gare de Monaco and it is conveniently situated close to the centre of Monaco. Advance reservation for TGV trains is necessary.




SELF-DRIVING

The main advantage to having a car is flexibility and driving around the winding roads used by the Monte-Carlo rally can be a real pleasure. Having a car allows you to visit some of the many beautiful resorts, towns and villages in the area. Nevertheless, the roads around Monaco and along the Cote d'Azur are prone to traffic jams, so travel off-peak if you can.

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