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Every wondered How to visit Monaco on a budget?

Money! Money! Monaco…The glamorous playground of the rich and famous. Known for it’s elegance and extravagance, Monaco falls among the most luxurious tourist resorts in the world. From famous high-end Casinos, to international sports car races & yachting, the city depicts nothing but lavishness. 

On today’s post, I’ll simply uncover the secrets on how to visit Monaco on a budget. I will be sharing a list of free activities to enjoy and useful hacks on getting the most out of your visit.

It’s very unusual to visit the French Riviera without taking a trip to Monaco. So, firstly, let me establish the fact that; the best way to see Monaco is while on a trip to the French Riviera. Since there is no airport in Monaco, it is difficult to get there directly without passing through Nice.


How to visit Monaco on a budget.

  • Get an accommodation in Nice

If you are on this page, then I am guessing your father (just like mine) is not a billionaire lol! Hence you have no business even attempting to lodge in Monaco. Yes it’s that expensive! The alternative of lodging in Nice is very convenient and you would barely notice the difference as it’s also a breath taking city. Nice is only 15 mins by train to Monaco and the return ticket to Monaco cost less than 10 euros.

  • Indulge in Free Activities: 

Even though Monaco is seen as the haven for the wealthy, It still has an ample list of free and amazing things to do. Talkin about how to visit Monaco on a budget, below is an up to date list of the top 12 free activities in Monaco;

  1. Visit the legendary Monte Carlo Casino.
  2. Have a taste of royalty as you visit the Prince’s Palace.
  3. Watch the traditional ritual of the ‘Changing of the Guards’ at the Palace
  4. Explore the exotic Japanese Garden.
  5. Go yacht viewing by the Monte harbor.
  6. Enjoy the great views of the Casino Square.
  7. Sit on the roof top in Starbucks, while you absorb the captivating views of the Mediterranean coast.
  8. Go back in time at the Saint Devote Chapelle.
  9. Window shop and feed your eyes at Metropole.
  10. Spy the Fairmont hairpin curve (F1 Grand Prix track).
  11. Splurge and relax at Larvotto beach.
  12. Take advantage of the free exhibition as you walk by the Sculpture path.
  • Avoid the high season: 

Given that the weather is relatively good even outside summer, it’s still very welcoming in autumn and spring. For the budget traveler, the best times I recommend is between Sept-Nov or February-April. On the other hand,the worse time to be in Monaco is the month of May, as this is when the F1 Grand Prix takes place. During this period major tourist paths are closed, the city is highly congested and prices are outrageous.

  • WALK it out: 

Once you arrive by train or the bus 100 from Nice, to drastically cut down cost you should consider walking. It’s more reasonable than taking the intercity buses or an Uber. The city is not big, most tourist areas are in walk-able distance. Moreover, walking proves to be the best way to get a proper view of this jewel.

  • Take an expensive risk: 

Did you know that 3 out of 5 people in Monaco are millionaires? Read that again dear…This means that you can meet a potential investor, helper, business partner or employer if only you can mingle in the right places. While in Monaco take a risk! Spend some extra cash on an activity you usually would not do, because to be honest, you never know who you might meet…I highly recommend boating activities, high end bars, restaurants etc. 

Here you have it guys…You now know how to visit this A-list destination without breaking the bank!

how to visit monaco on a budget

how to visit monaco on a budget



  • Frederick

    15th January 2020

    Good one.. Will check out Feb-April and see…

  • 15th January 2020

    What a statistic! I would be one of the two out of five! Thanks for the great tips on free things to do in Monaco!

  • kavitafavelle

    18th January 2020

    Monaco on a budget sounds impossible but looks like you found some great options! I agree with staying in Nice, a great city in its own right and much more affordable than accommodation in Monaco! I didn’t realise it was free to go into the Monte Carlo, or the Prince’s Palace. I missed the Japanese Garden too.

  • 19th January 2020

    Ohhhh this would have been such a good resource to have when I was in Monaco! It’s such an expensive place, but totally worth it! Thanks for the tips on how to visit if you’re on a strict budget!

  • 20th January 2020

    Thanks for the info! I didn’t realise that Nice was so close to Monaco… I love being able to visit more than one place when I visit a city, so Monaco looks like an ideal day trip if I base myself in Nice.

  • Michelle

    21st January 2020

    I’ve always wanted to visit Monaco but knew that it would be out of my price range. Thanks for the great tips! Now, maybe I can make it happen with a day trip from Nice 🙂

  • 25th August 2020

    Money Money Monaco! Very helpful tips Sarah


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