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Monaco is a very small place - no more than a mile from end to end - so most visitors to the Principality simply opt for leg power to get themselves around. A good solution, especially if combined with the the many lifts [elevators] scattered across the Principality. However, as coastal towns go, Monaco is exceptionally hilly. One of its unusual geographical qualities is that it is located at the precise point where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. So if you plan to make a lot of tourist stops you might consider taking a bus or at least making full use of the free lifts.
Lifts - Elevators
The most convenient thing about getting around Monaco is all the public lifts and escalators they've built into the hillside. It's well worth studying a map - pick one up at the Tourist Office - and locating the useful ones. My favourite shortcuts are:
From the Larvotto to the Casino
In the summer when coming back from the Larvotto, cross the sea road and start walking towards the Casino and you will see a lift on your right (opposite the green roofed Grimaldi Forum). It'll take you up to the Place des Moulins. Follow the Boulevard des Moulins past all the shops to get to the Tourist Office and the top of the Casino Gardens.
From the Port to the Casino
Instead of walking up the hill, walk along the quayside and then the port road to the tunnel. You will pass crowds of people getting on and off coaches. This is the Loews Hotel/Grand Hotel/Centre de Congres tunnel. Just on the right, follow the people disappearing underground. It'll lead you to a lift which takes you up a few floors to the roof of the Loews Hotel, just below the Casino.
From the Port to the Station
There's an entrance just to the left of the Eglise de la Sainte Devote, which is in the north-east corner of the port. There's a pedestrian underpass under the road from the quayside.
Written May 15, 2007
I was suppose to take the Heli from Nice airport to Monaco however it wasnt a good time that day as it was cloudy and miserable day. Well, probably next time. But if you want travel in style, take the choper as it only cost you Euro75 for 15 minutes ride. How many people have taken heli in their life? So, Why not travel in style this time?
Written Dec 7, 2005
There are various ways to reach Monaco, you can go by train, car, motorcycle, bus, boat etc..,
Because our base was in Nice, we decided to take the short ride to monaco..The scenery from the train is stunning.
Written Oct 11, 2005
Monaco is probably the place on earth with the highest concentration of Ferrari by square meter...and not only during the F1 Grand Prix.
If you want to observe them, the best spot is the Casino Place : red, black, yellow... they're everywhere ! Tourists favourite activity is to take a picture pretending that this is their car.
For Ferrari fans, you'll also find a Ferrari store that sells every item related to the brand on main street " Rue Grimaldi ".
Written Jun 27, 2005
It comes to no surprise that Monaco is a regular stop for all cruise ships that sail the Mediterranean. Therefore it isn't an exception when one or two large cruise ships are anchored just outside the harbour. The passengers are enjoying the small state, not in the last place to shop around and take a gamble in the casino. Furthermore, Monaco has a thrilling nightlife with many theatres and clubs.
Written Nov 14, 2004
The parking that has been built inside Monaco's rock (Parking de Pecheurs) is an ideal place to start exploring this small principality. It has many levels underground and elevators and escalators connect to the surface near the Musee Oceanographique. From here all main attractions in Monaco and La Condamine are within walking distance. For Monte Carlo one should again take the car, but that is anyway necessary ... to drive the roads of the famous Formula 1 circuit.
Updated Nov 14, 2004
Italian style meets Monaco spondoolix.
"My other car is also a Maserati" stickers sell well in Monaco.
Stylish, but not quite as much style as a story a friend told me. A man of his aquaintance had two Porches in his double garage. Their English number plates were 2B, and NOT2B.
That at least has a literary symetry to it, if not iambic pentameter ( thats a little gizmo that tells you your fuel consumption)
Updated Nov 6, 2004
There`s an interesting detail in Monaco:
As the city is really small and situated on a hill there are
some elevators to go up and down the city! And the best thing: They are free!!!
On the photo you can see me...
standing in one of the halls, going to an elevator ;-)
Written Apr 15, 2004
Getting to Monaco is a thrilling ride. The views from the Moyenne Corniche are stunning, and the winding road will have your heart in your throat! There were two times our bus had to stop to let another bus pass on this narrow two-lane road.
From Nice, take the bus from Gare Routiere. The direct route to Monaco leaves every 15 minutes, Monday through Saturday (20 minutes on Sundays), and takes the Basse Corniche, which runs near the water level. The route through Eze-Village and Beausoleil takes the higher Moyenne Corniche for a longer but more amazing ride.
Written Apr 2, 2004
A return train ticket from Nice Ville to Monaco - Monte Carlo costs 7,20 euro. You have to punch the ticket.
Updated Aug 15, 2012
2 Reviews and 258 Opinions We were there for a fish and chips on the Friday. If you go eating to a three star hotel you are...