Cheap Flights to Monte Carlo
- Area Urban : 0.61 km² (.234 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : + 377
- Currency : Euro (EUR)
- Population Est. : 15,200
- Official Language : French
- Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : None but utilises Aéroport Nice Côte dAzur (NCE) in France.
NCE has a direct and comfortable shuttle from between Côte dAzur and Monaco that departs every 30 minutes, taking 18 passengers, for more info email them at [email protected]. Alternative transport modes are via helicopter (7 minutes), by train to Monte-Carlo station or by car that takes less than half an hour.
Travellers can take flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to NCE with airlines listed below:
- Air France (via Paris) 13h 455m+
- South African, Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 14h 10m+
- British Airways (via London) 14h 20m+
- Swiss (via Zurich) 14h 45m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 14h 50m+
Airlines with over 15 hours flying time from South Africa include:
- Royal Air Maroc
Airlines landing at NCE include amongst others:
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- TAP Portugal
Reasons to Visit Monte Carlo
- Situated at the foot of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera and off the Mediterranean Sea, Monte Carlo is renowned for the rich and affluent, its casinos, the F1 Grand Prix and the Grimaldi dynasty, having ruled for over 700 years, the longest in Europe. Its celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo emerged by Charles III in 1856 for the construction of a sea-bathing medical centre and a German-styled casino. The casino opened in La Condamine in 1862 but was unsuccessful until its relocation to Les Spélugues (The Caves) along with a railway line in 1868.
- Small and compact, the country has everything for every type of traveller. Rich in history with numerous monuments and a wonderful old town to explore there are beaches, parks, all types of water sports, fabulous eateries and pubs. Hotels are ultra-luxurious. Have a great time on a limited budget, stay over in France and take the bus to Monaco for the day. Be one of many organised tourists and pack a lunch to be enjoyed in the gardens across from the casino.
- There’s a great variety of clubs and, bars and restaurants. Dine at La Note Bleue right on the beach, dance the night away at Jimmyz, legendary for over 30 years, relax at Café de Paris Monte-Carlo with breakfast or a cocktail as the glitz and glam go by. Sink into a feeling of luxury with a vintage wine at Le Bar Américain, elegant with soft lighting and views over the ocean and to unwind, the Buddha-Bar affords a peaceful Zen ambience with renowned musical compilations.
When to Go to Monte Carlo
With a wonderful Mediterranean climate and its ideal geographical location, Monaco basks in 300 days of sunshine a year with fairly mild winters.
The best time is summer from June through August with temperatures between 21 and 23°C and highs of 26 to 30°C. The waters at 24°C and long hot days are cooled with a pleasant Mediterranean Sea breeze.
Winter from December through February has cheaper rates and fewer tourists with maximum temperatures around 12°C and it’s the best time for skiing in the Southern Alps, just an hour drive away.
The Shoulder seasons of autumn (September and October) and spring (April and May) has autumn with clear skies and temperatures between 14 and 22°C and although warm, the beaches are fairly empty and hotels have availability.
Places to Visit in Monte Carlo
- Every visitor stops at the splendid 1863 Casino de Monte-Carlo for gambling, a fabulous show or an excellent meal. Dress attire doesn’t allow for sneakers and a tie is recommended. The building is the most lavish in Europe with its Beaux-arts and Napoleon III styled architecture and includes the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo.
- Formally a Genoese fortress, the Princes Palace of Monaco was built in 1191. It’s the official residence of the Prince of Monaco with seasonal tours allowed that show off an abundance of beautiful articles, rooms, exquisite frescoes and more.
- There’s nothing like a night of opera, especially at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo (Salle Garnier) located within the Monte Carlo Casino.
- Stroll through Jardin Exotique de Monaco – the world’s largest succulent and cacti collection – along wonderful winding pathways, down steps and across bridges as you take in the beauty of nature along with a perfect view of the principality.
- Feel rich with tea or a glass of wine at the Hôtel de Paris, located in a building from 1864 and adjacent to the Casino.
- The beautiful old town of Monaco Ville (Le Rocher) juts out into the blue ocean. Founded in 1215, stop for lunch and get lost in history in this original town with sheer cliff drops.
- The renowned Musée Océanographique de Monaco, seemingly one with the cliff since 1910, was founded by Prince Albert I and is a masterpiece in design for an aquarium. Relax afterwards in the café on the rooftop terrace with fabulous vistas.
- Stroll through the tranquil Princess Grace Botanical Garden, beautifully cared for with sculptures, a variety of roses and numerous plants. There are also fabulous vistas of Monaco City, the harbour, the Alps and the ocean.
Getting Around Monte Carlo
It’s easy to get around Monte Carlo. With a decent map visitors can walk to all main attractions in a day but it could be tiring for some due to the hilly terrain. The city affords 7 free public escalators and elevators to assist the public in climbing some of the steep s
The state bus company Compagnie des Autobus Monaco operates six routes in the city. Single or carnets of 6 and 12 tickets (with passes for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 days) can be purchased at most newspaper kiosks or on the bus.
There are two main taxi operators with ranks located at avenue de Monte Carlo and the railway station that operate 24/7. They can be waved down in the street and are fairly expensive. Ensure the meter is switched on if you haven’t agreed upfront on a price.
The city has plenty of cyclists but unless you’re fit, the city’s inclines will leave you exhausted. Bikes can be hired from Bike Trip, contact them on +33 4 9210 9998.
A hired vehicle isn’t a necessity to get around the compact city. Parking is expensive and traffic frustrating, often making it quicker to walk than drive. Car hire companies in Monte Carlo comprise Avis, Europcar, Hertz and others.