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Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, beaten to the title by the Vatican, so it is not surprising to find that it is reasonably simple to explore with many of the main tourist attractions within easy reach of each other and as one of the most densely populated countries, public transport is a necessity and provides reliable and efficient services for the local citizens and visitors alike.
If you plan on using public transport regularly throughout your stay as a means of getting around, it could be beneficial to invest in a daily tourist pass that is priced at a flat rate and provides unlimited travel over a 24-hour period.
Read more on this destination in the AA Essential Guide to the French Riviera.
Ways to get around in Monte Carlo
Train - There is only just over a mile of rail-line in the whole of Monaco and that is all underground, yet it is still one of the most popular ways to travel into Monaco and into the surrounding areas. Nice is only 20 minutes away or you can catch a TGV into Paris and be there in just 6 hours.
Bus - The local buses are all operated by the CAM (the Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco) with nearly 150 stops including all the main tourist locations. There are 6 efficient routes to choose from that cover most of Monaco and ticket prices are quite reasonable. Regular services finish early evening and are replaced by a half-hourly night service that continues until after midnight. At weekends extra services are laid on to transport those that want to party later still.
Ferry Bus - There is an electric ferry bus service called Bateaubus that travels to and from both sides of the port.
Taxi - Taxis are available but can prove very expensive even for the shortest trips so make sure you check the fare before you make the journey.
Walking - There are several elevators, travelators and even wheelchair ramps around the city that allows people to move freely and easily between the different levels but visitors should be aware that much of the area is steep so you will need to be prepared and ready to take advantage of public transport available.
Car - Parking is not easy in this small principality and there are strict regulations to observe at all times, including speed restrictions.
Helicopter - As a real treat it is possible to arrange to take a helicopter from the airport straight into Monte Carlo and is a great way to enjoy the views over Monaco.
Train Tour - Climb aboard the Azur Express, a little tourist train at the Oceanographic Museum with a half an hour trip to see many of the main sights in Monaco.