Where is it: Monaco is located in Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Why do people go here: The playgound of the rich and famous that is (lucky for backpackers) so small that you can see everything you want to in a day.
What are the main entry points: Trains and buses will get you into the country, although driving is pretty easy too, if you’ve hired a car. Those with money may prefer a helicopter, which operates out of the airport in Nice.
Currency used: Euro
Country Code for Phones: 377
Area codes for Major Cities: All Points 93
Religion: Roman Catholic 90%
Ethnic Breakdown: French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%
Government: Constitutional monarchy and Principality
Languages: French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque
Major Cities: Monaco
Attractions: Casino, Yachts, Money
Accommodation: Monaco Hotels
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Cote D’Azur, Menton
Health Issues: No vaccines are required to travel to Monaco
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Shoulder seasons are best, as tourists flood the beaches in the summer.
Common Phrases: Yes = Oui, No = Non, Please = S’il vous plait , Thank you = Merci, Do you speak English? = Parlez-vous l’anglais?
Specific Events/Holidays: National Day (Prince of Monaco Holiday), 19 November
Getting Around: Trains from Nice are frequent and fast. Buses are also an option
Good to know: There isn’t much budget anything in Monaco, but it makes for a nice day trip.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The closest airport that you can use when planning a trip to Monaco is the Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice, France.
Need more information?: Check out the Monaco travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.