One Day in Monaco is an opportunity to see all the most important places and attractions of the principality. It will be a pleasant walk that is worth getting well prepared for. The sightseeing plan I have prepared will certainly make it easier to visit Monaco in one day.
One day in Monaco is enough to see the most important attractions of this mini state. You will visit the Monte Carlo district and the casino, the port with yachts and the Old Town with its palace. There will be plenty of impressions to take away!
You can get to Monaco from Nice by regional train, bus, scooter, or car. I usually recommend the train because the route is scenic and the journey takes only 20 minutes. If you choose the to take the railway it is best to go straight to the casino. If you do, you will be able to use the lifts to take you to the Monte Carlo district. You just have to follow the sign in the station tunnel (it will be in the direction of where the train from Nice goes). If you come to Monaco by bus number 100 from Nice, you can get off immediately in front of the casino at the “Monte Carlo Casino” stop.
One day in Monaco – a walk through the principality
Since you are already in Monte Carlo it is worth entering the famous casino, having a walk around the square in front of it, and then making your way around to the back of the building. At the back, there are nice terraces with sea views. You can also go in a northeasterly direction (towards Italy), where there are several attractions (including the Japanese Garden) and the beach. I have described all this in the article about the Monte Carlo district. You can spend the morning exploring this area without hurrying.
Now go towards the Port of Hercules, where you can take a lunch break. In the tenements in front of the port there are many restaurants and small pubs to choose from. There are also grocery stores, for example, a large Casino, practically in the middle of the row of buildings just in front of the port. There you can order hot snacks or sushi made on the spot. It’s worth taking something away and eating it while sitting on the harbor and admiring the huge and luxurious yachts.
From the harbor you are only a few minutes away from the route leading to the Monaco Rock where the Old Town and the palace are located. Just walk right up to the hill and turn right (not towards the sea), and continue walking with the hill on your left. You will reach a square with a marketplace. This is Place d’Armes, where the main way to the palace square (Rampe Major) starts from.
At the top, of course, you can see a beautiful view of Monaco on one side and the equally beautiful view of the district of Fontvieille on the other. You can visit the Prince’s Palace or immerse yourself in the narrow streets of the Old Town. There is also a cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to see, as well as a large park on the rock. I have described all this in the separate article Monaco’s Old Town.
Fontvieille, if you have enough energy
Tourists who are taking the One Day in Monaco walk need to make a decision when leaving the Monaco Rock. They can go to visit the Fontvieille district or to the train station and finish their trip. It all depends on how much time and energy you have remaining. But I would encourage you to go to see the Fontvieille district. All you have to do is get off the hill and walk around it, keeping it on your left. It’s only 10 minutes to reach Fontvieille. A walk around this newest district of Monaco is an additional 30 minutes to an hour. There will be the opportunity to have an afternoon coffee and eat something good for dessert.
The entire route described above can be carried out in the reverse order: after leaving the station, go to the Monaco Rock, then go down to the port, after this go up the hill to the Monte Carlo district. You just have to remember not to return to Nice by train between about 6PM and 7PM, because this is peak hour for people returning from work, and public transport will be terribly crowded!