Monaco seems like it only welcomes the unimaginably rich and famous. With an amount of wealthy visitors walking its streets and yachts docking in its water, the tiny country is the perfect playground for those with a lot of money to spend. Yet, with such a gorgeous coastline and breathtaking views, it’s no way they’re going to get to enjoy it all on their own.
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Here is a quick guide on how anyone can stroll down those narrow streets in style, even if we’re not even slightly rich and certainly not famous.
When you’d like to save money on the hotel room or apartment in Monaco, you’ll have much higher chances of finding something snug and affordable if you book well in advance. It’s no secret that it’s a popular place for tourists; Hotel de Versailles can be ridiculously pricey during the Formula 1 Grand Prix and a lot more affordable when it’s low-season.
Make sure you find a place to stay before the masses of tourists run away with all of the bargains – or find alternatives to accommodation outside of the traditional routes. Airbnb, for example, is a solid option as regular people work and live in Monaco as well and they’d love to make a bit extra on lending you a room. There’s no problem for foreigners with renting there either, so feel free to get in touch with a regular agency to explore your alternatives.
What about staying a bit outside of all the action? Nice is quite a lot cheaper, and you can get to Monaco by hopping on a bus for about an hour where you also get to enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. If you’re in a hurry, there’s also a train that only takes about half an hour, though, but you won’t get the same kind of view.
Make use of public transport
Their buses are great for when you need to get around in Monaco as well. While it’s not very big, it can be tiring to walk around the whole day, and it’s good to know that local buses are both cheap and frequent.
You can get anywhere in Monaco for next to nothing, by the way, as they cover an extensive network – as well as the famous Bateau Bus, the electrical boat that crosses the harbor once every twenty minutes.
Sightsee for free
Now that you have somewhere to stay without spending your entire holiday budget and you’re able to get around by using public transport, it’s time to find something to do. You don’t have to spend time in the designer shops for hours at a time to fit in – have a look at a walking tour that French Riviera blog has mapped out for us, for example.
A lot of the most popular tourist attractions are for free, by the way, so you can walk around in the public gardens and take in the beauty of the cathedral without spending any money at all.
Although you’ll find a lot of millionaires around in Monaco, you’ll just as easily find regular travelers like us who’d like to enjoy beautiful places as well. Just plan your trip up front and stay a bit money-savvy while you’re there.