FAQ

Where is Monaco located? Monaco enjoys a privileged location at the heart of Mediterranean Europe. The Principality is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east. For more details, visit our geography page.

How large is Monaco?
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, after Vatican City. Three miles long by one-half miles wide (about the size of New York's Central Park).

What is the difference between Monaco and Monte-Carlo?
Monaco is the name of the country, while Monte-Carlo is a district within Monaco. For more details, visit our geography page.

What type of government does the Principality have?
Monaco is a constitutional monarchy ruled by Prince Albert II. One commune - Monaco - is divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville, the old fortified city on the Rock which includes the Prince's Palace, Cathedral and Oceanographic Museum; the Condamine, or port quarter; Monte-Carlo, the business and recreation district; and Fontvieille, a man-made waterfront area for recreation and light industry. For more details, visit our Grimaldi Family page.

What type of visa do I need to enter Monaco?
Any person of foreign nationality who wishes to enter Monégasque territory and stay there for a period not exceeding three months must have the document (passport, travel or identity document) required for entry into French territory.

What is the weather like?
Monaco's climate is ideal throughout the year. It enjoys mild winters, with 48 degrees minimum, and pleasantly warm summers with July and August temperatures hovering around 78 degrees. On average, the Principality enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. For more details and current temperature, visit our weather page.

What language is spoken there?
French is the Principality`s first language, but some natives speak the ancient Monegsque. English and Italian are also widely spoken.

What is the population?
Monaco has 32,020 (6,089 Monégasque citizens) 19% Monégasque, 32% French, 20% Italian.

What is the local currency?
The legal tender in Monaco is the Euro €.

Where is the nearest airport? What flights are available from the U.S.?
Cote d'Azur International Airport in Nice, France is 15 miles away from Monaco. Delta Air Lines offers daily non-stop flights from New York to Nice. Air France and British Airways offer service via Paris or London from several U.S. gateways. Swiss International Air Lines offers flights through Zurich and Geneva.

What transportation is available from the airport?
There are various ways to get to the Principality from the airport. One may take the train, public bus, private limousine service, taxi or rent a car. The most spectacular way is to take the helicopter which is only a seven minute flight. For more details, visit our or how to get there page.

What is the tipping policy?
Service at hotels and restaurants is already included in the bill, while tipping for special services is up to the discretion of the visitor.

How to get from the heliport to the hotel?
Upon arrival at the heliport in Monaco, your luggage will be taken care of by the helicopter company and a mini-van will bring you directly to the hotel.

Where can I get tickets for the Grand Prix?
The Automobile Club of Monaco organizes the race each year. There are more than 3,000 seats available for sale on the circuit. To order tickets or to receive information regarding ticket ordering, please contact the Automobile Club of Monaco directly.

Are there any discounts for children or senior citizens?
Many museums and tourist attractions offer discounts for children and senior citizens. Check out the Museums and Tourist Attractions guide for further information.

How to get around in Monaco?
The size of Monaco allows speedy and easy commutes between the various districts of the Principality. Walking in the Principality is facilitated by public lifts and escalators that operate 24 hours a day, every day, to help overcome different altitude levels. Public transportation includes a bus shuttle service that includes 5 different routes. Departures are every 10 minutes from 7 am to 9 pm. For more details, visit our or how to get there page.

Are pets allowed in hotel & restaurants?
The majority of hotels and restaurants are pet-friendly. However, to be on the safe side, you may want to ask before making a reservation.

Where is Princess Grace buried?
Princess Grace is buried in the Monaco Cathedral, which is situated in Monaco-Ville, the old town.