Monaco has the facility to offer road, air (helicopter), rail, and water networks mean for transportation. Although rail transport has only Monaco Monte Carlo station with the total length of the line inside the Principality is 1.7 km. It is operated by the SNCF train network.
HOW TO GET TO Monaco?
Monaco is about a 30 minutes bus/train ride from Nice. The cheaper option is to take a bus to Monaco. Bus no 100 takes you from Nice to Monaco in an hour for just 1.50 euros. Bus leaves from Nice le Port to Monaco Place Des Moulins every 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can get an SNCF train that takes about 20 minutes from Nice to Monaco and costs about 4 euros. It leaves every half an hour and takes you through the stunning riviera. I also opted for this option.
HOW TO GET AROUND Monaco?
The major part of Monte Carlo city is pretty walkable, although it is quite hilly. However, you can take local city buses which cost 2 euros per ride for 30-minute validity. You can purchase the tickets from the bus, and local buses run every 20-30min. There are six bus routes in Monaco, all operated by Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco. Furthermore, there are four other bus routes that connect Monaco with neighboring regions. Line 100 is among them on which you can take a ride from Nice to Monaco.
Alternatively, a Hop on Hop off bus is a convenient but a bit expensive way to visit a hassle-free visit to Monaco city.
To spend a night in Monaco will quite be expensive. However, a bit search on Air Bnb can provide you with a budget option of around 70$ per night near Monaco. In addition, Nice is the best place to stay for your Monaco visit. I stayed at Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel which has a good review on Booking.com.
Monaco’s cuisine is heavily influenced by French like the influence of the French language in Monaco. So, most of the food items mostly belong to Nice which is a French area around Monaco. Perhaps the basic ingredients are olives and olive oil, garlic, lamb and goat, chickpeas, and many local fruits. Here I will share the name of a few desserts that can be tried while visiting Monaco and Nice.
Must Try Dishes While Visiting Monaco
- Calisson is a famous and traditional French candy. It consists of a smooth, pale yellow paste of candied fruit
- Gateau des Rois translated as The Cake of Kings is a traditional pastry that is usually served in January.
- Socca is a Chickpea flour pancake with added Olive oil. It is a large round flat shape and baked
- Tarte Tropezienne is a creamy sponge cake found especially in the Saint Tropez region.
- Torkarebl is another traditional Liechtensteiner dish. This is made from a mixture of corn flour, salt, milk, and water.