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Monaco country information

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Principality of Monaco
Area: 1.95 sq km
Population: 32,671
Population density: 16,754 per sq km
Capital: Monaco
Passport & Visa


The passport and visa requirements for persons visiting Monaco as tourists are the same as for France. For further details, see the France section. Monaco is not a member of the EU, however, so residency and long-stay requirements differ and are liable to change. For further details, contact any French consulate (or consular section at embassy).
Getting there

Getting There by Air

There is no airport in Monaco. The nearest airport is Nice (NCE) (Nice-Cote d'Azur) (website: ), 22km (14 miles) from Monaco. To/from the airport: There is a direct bus service from Nice Airport to Monaco, which stops at major hotels (journey time - 45 minutes). A helicopter service run by Héli-Air Monaco (YO) (tel: 9205 0050; website: ) links Monaco with the airport (journey time - 7 minutes). Héli-Air also serves points along the Côte d'Azur and in Italy. There are free shuttle links from the heliport to hotels in the principality. Facilities: Restaurants/bars, Internet facilities, shops, car hire and a business centre.
Departure Tax

Getting There by Water

The main harbours are at Condamine (Hercule port) and Fontvieille, which are equipped to handle yachts of all tonnages.

Intercontinental liners are able to anchor in the bay of Monaco.

Getting There by Rail

An extensive train service, including daily and overnight through-trains, runs through the principality to all neighbouring towns. The TGV Méditerranée line runs between Paris and Monaco (journey time - 6 hours 5 minutes). High-speed trains on this route run through the beautiful Burgundy and Provencal countryside. For more information, contact Rail Europe (tel: 0844 848 4064, in the UK; website: ). Trains run to Genoa, Milan and Basel. Night trains are available to Strasbourg, Paris, Toulouse, Irun, Port-Bou, Milan, Venice, Pisa and Rome.

The Regional Express Trains (TER) connect with all the towns on the Riviera. SNCF Métrazur (tel: (8) 3635 3535; website: ) stops at all towns on the Côte d'Azur between Cannes and the Italian frontier at Vintimille, including Monaco.
Rail Passes
Inter-Rail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (website: ).

Eurailpass: offers unlimited first-class train travel in 17 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months. The Eurailpass Saver ticket offers discounts for two or more people travelling together. The Eurailpass Youth ticket is available to those aged under 26 and offers unlimited second-class train travel. The Eurailpass Flexi allows either 10 or 15 travel days within a two-month period. The Eurail Selectpass is valid in three, four or five bordering countries and allows five, six, eight or 10 travel days (or 15 for five countries) in a two-month period in one of nine regions (usually two or more countries). Children receive a 50% reduction. The passes cannot be sold to residents of Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or the Russian Federation. Available from The Eurail Group (website: ).

Getting There by Road

Cannes and Nice are 50km (31 miles) and 18km (11 miles) west of Monaco. The French/Italian border and Menton are 12km (7 miles) and 9km (6 miles) east of Monaco. No formalities are required to cross the frontier between France and the Principality of Monaco. The European motorway network is 8km (5 miles) away from the city centre linking Monaco with France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Benelux, Austria and the UK. Between Monaco and Nice there are three attractive roads: Highway 98, Basse Corniche; Highway 7, Moyenne Corniche; and the Great Coastal Road, Grande Corniche.

There are good connections with the surrounding areas, with regular services as outlined. Nice: Seaside route with stops at Cap d'Ail, Eze-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Middle Corniche route with stops at Cap d'Ail, Eze-Village and Col de Villefranche. Menton: Seaside route with stops in Roquebrune and Cap-Martin. Service to Saint Roman/Rocher de Monaco, Jardin Exotique/Rocher de Monaco, Gare SNCF/Larvotto Beach and Rocher de Monaco/Parking Touristique Fontvieille. 

Available from Casino Square, Monaco Monte-Carlo Railway Station, avenue Princesse Grace, Fontvieille, Métropole, Place des Moulins and the Post Office of Monte-Carlo. There is a surcharge after 2200. A 15% tip is usual.

As for France, a national driving licence will suffice.

Journey Times

The following chart gives approximate journey times (in hours and minutes) from Monaco to a selection of other cities in Europe.

  Air Road Rail Sea
Paris 1.15 - - -
Nice 0.07* 0.45 0.30 0.20
London 1.55 20.00 11.00 -
Rome 1.00 - - -

* Time by helicopter.
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