One of the glitziest places on the planet, the principality of Monaco is generally associated with three things – sun, sea and glamour. Often seen as a playground for the rich, there happens to be quite a lot more to Monaco than meets the eye. Beneath the skyscrapers and hotels, there happens to be quite a lot else going on. Monaco is known for being a major sporting venue, hosting world-class motorsport and football. It also has a surprising number of historical landmarks, while its location on the French Riviera means that you’re never too far away from the shore if you fancy taking part in water sports. It has managed to retain much of its older buildings, especially in Monaco-Ville.
As the streets of Monaco are pretty tightly packed and the speed limits are pretty low, a small car is the best possible vehicle to drive here, as well as park in case of limited space.
Driving in Monaco
Road Driving Side
Urban Speed Limit
Rural Speed Limit
Motorway Speed Limit
Important things to note
The driving laws in Monaco are more or less the same as in France, as the transport network is shared between the two states.
Many of the highways in Monaco are actually underground, helping to improve traffic flow, although some are overground.
The main highway near Monaco is the A8 autoroute, which goes along the Cote d’Azur to cities such as Nice and Saint-Tropez.
Highlights & Hotspots
Anyone wanting to get away from all the tall buildings should visit Monaco-Ville, known locally as ‘the rock’. This part of the state is home to a number of medieval-era buildings and several souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.
Nearby is the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium. One of the few places to combine both a museum and aquarium in the world, it has a great reputation with visitors. It’s one of the best places to go in Monaco with the family.
The Jardin Exotique is one of Monaco’s most notable public gardens. As the name suggests, it is home to thousands of different exotic plants and flora, much of which happen to be cacti. It also has a cave which can be explored on a guided tour.
One of the best sporting events in Monaco is the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. What makes this race so special is that it takes place in the streets of Monaco, providing plenty of thrills and spills at every turn.
The nearest airport to Monaco is Nice Cote d‚ÄôAzur Airport, which is 12 miles to the south west of Monte Carlo. It has two passenger terminals and flights to most major cities across Europe, as well as some destinations in Africa and North America.
The airport can be reached by the A8, which goes straight west from Monaco. Once you‚Äôre in St Laurent-Du-Var, get off at the Boulevard Georges Pompidou and follow the signs for the airport.