Decided to tick the Monaco Grand Prix off your F1 bucket list? Here’s the lowdown on getting to the Principality and getting around on the Côte d'Azur.
The closest major airport to Monaco is Nice Côte d’Azur airport (NCE), approximately 30km from the Principality. The third-busiest airport in France, NCE has over 100 domestic, European and long-haul connections from budget and flag-carrying airlines. The airport is a hub for EasyJet, which offers the largest number of European flights. Nice is also connected by direct flights to cities such as New York (Delta Airlines), Doha (Qatar Airways) and Dubai (Emirates).
How to get to Circuit de Monaco?
With a limited number of mainly 5-star hotels, staying in Monaco itself on Grand Prix weekend can be expensive. That’s why most fans stay in the nearby city of Nice or at other small towns along the Riviera coastline. Here’s the best ways to get to Circuit de Monaco:
- F1 Experiences: in addition to trackside hotels, F1 Experiences also offers accommodation at select hotels in Nice, including the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée. Daily transfers to and from the circuit are included for guests staying with F1 Experiences in Nice.
- By Train: the next best option is to take the train, which connects Monaco to Nice and other towns along the coast, including Menton and Ventimiglia. The train station in Monaco – Gare de Monaco – is a short distance from most spectator areas and trains run regularly on race weekend. Tickets are less than €4 each way and the journey time to Nice is around 20-30 minutes. It’s worth booking your tickets in advance to avoid ticket queues, especially when returning home at the end of the day. Learn more and book tickets here (exact train schedules will not be available until closer to the race weekend).
- By Bus: the number 100 bus travels on a regular schedule (up to 4 times per hour) between Nice, Monaco and Menton. Single tickets cost less than €2, but the trip from Nice to Monaco can take more than an hour with increased traffic congestion on Grand Prix weekend.
- By taxi or ride sharing: a taxi from Nice to Monaco on race weekend should set you back no more than €60-80, though some drivers can ask for more and may not want to use the meter. Uber is likely to be cheaper, though high demand can mean longer wait times.
- By private car: if you’ve rented a car for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, driving to the circuit is an option on Thursday and Friday when there are less spectators and less traffic, but not recommended on the weekend. The Louis II football stadium in Fontvieille has ample parking for around €20 per day, but make sure your GPS doesn’t plot a course through the centre of Monaco, where many roads are closed.
Getting around on the Côte d'Azur
The Côte d'Azur has a well-developed transport infrastructure. In addition to trains and buses, Nice also has a modern and cheap tram network. Here’s some more information:
- From Nice Côte d’Azur airport to Nice: the airport is around 6km from the city centre. You can take a fixed-fare taxi for €32, the 99 Express Bus to Nice-Ville train station or a new direct tram connection, which is due to open later this year.
- From Nice Côte d’Azur airport to Monaco: helicopter transfers take just 7 minutes and cost €200-250 each way on Grand Prix weekend. Alternatively, the Nice Airport Xpress (110 bus) travels on an express route from Menton to Nice Airport via Monaco. Tickets cost €22 one way or €33 return.
- Nice Public Transport: a Multi 10 pass gives you 10 rides for €10 or you can buy a 1-day pass for €5, or a 7-day pass for €15. More information here. If you are staying longer to explore Nice, then the French Riviera Pass, which includes unlimited rides on public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours plus admission to the city’s best museums and tourist sites, is worth considering.
Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix include select grandstands and access to exclusive trackside hospitality. Choose from the Champions Club in the Ermanno Penthouse or La Marée Restaurant, the Sirocco trackside yacht or the Formula 1 Paddock Club. All packages include exclusive benefits such as opportunities to meet current or legendary F1 drivers!