Monte Carlo Masters Travel

MONACO - APRIL 11: Tim Henman of Great Britain in action during his first round match against Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina in the ATP Master Series, at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2005 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
The city of Monte Carlo is the wealthiest of Monaco’s many administrative centres and is home to some of the most elite events in the world – the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place each year on the Circuit de Monaco, the famed Monte Carlo Rally and of course the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament.

Although Monte Carlo has a permanent population of only 3000, this beautiful sea-side resort attracts thousands of tourists each year that flock into Monte Carlo to enjoy the stunning weather and, of course, the Casino de Paris. It is also a tax haven for the rich and famous, and prices in and around Monte Carlo reflect this opulence.

The Principality of Monaco is easy to access, and apart from the thrilling sporting events held annually there are several attractions that are a ‘must see’.

Getting There

By Air – the nearest international airport is the Nice-Cote-d’Azur in neighbouring France, a mere 14 miles from Monte Carlo. There are daily flights connecting most international cities with the Riviera. Regular Rapide Cote d’Azur buses connect Monte Carlo with both airport terminals.

By Train – Monte Carlo is well serviced by trains from neighbouring France and Italy. There are 2-4 services per hour to Nice, Cannes, Menton and Vetimiglia. Most international trains will stop at Monte Carlo including the ‘Ligure’ which links Marseille and Milan, the ‘train bleu’, which operates between Paris and Vetimiglia, and the high-speed TGV that runs between Nice and Paris.

By Car – A network of highways connects the Principality with neighbouring Italy and France. There are three scenic routes between Nice and Monaco – the Basse Corniche along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche going through Eze-Village and the Grand Corniche going through La Turbie and Col d’Eze.

Getting Around

By Bus – Monte Carlo operates a local bus service, the Compagnie des Autobus Monaco. There are five bus routes that serve 143 stops throughout the city. The service operates from 6am to 9pm, and tickets can be bought on the bus, or at vendors and shops throughout the city. A daily pass for tourists is available at €3.50 and it allows all day use of the buses.

By Foot – By far the best way to get around Monte Carlo is by foot. Parking for private cars is virtually non-existent, and to really get the feel of this romantic city, it is advisable to don those walking shoes and head for the streets. There are several free public elevators and escalators that help negotiate the steep slopes of the city.

Monte Carlo Masters Travel & Attractions

  • Amble along the sea-side Avenue Saint-Martin and ogle the stunning views and cliff-side gardens
  • Visit the 19th Century Monaco Cathedral where the legendary movie star, Grace Kelly, married her Prince
  • Pop into the stunning Palais du Prince in old Monaco-Ville, and watch the changing of the ‘Carabiniers’ at 11.55am daily
  • Gasp at the lavish gold and marble ornaments in the casino
  • Visit the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium that show cases over 4000 different fish
  • Blow a few bucks and take to the Circuit de Monaco in a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Exclusive companies on the Place Ste. Devote will take you for a spin around the famous steep climbs and hairpin corners of the Monaco course!