Monaco’s bus service offers an excellent service of modern, clean buses that wind and weave around the Principality. Tickets can be purchased on-board from the driver or at the CAM office. The bus tickets can also be bought conveniently in the special machines that are located by many of the bus stops. You can pay there by cash and by card.
8h30-16h30 from Monday to Friday
There are six bus lines that traverse Monaco and run from about 7am to 9pm, running every ten minutes during peak hours.
Line 1: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Saint Roman
Line 2: Monaco Ville, Monte-Carlo, Exotic Garden
Line 3: Fontvieille to Hector Otto
Line 4: Saint Roman, Railway station, Place d’Armes, Fontvieille
Line 5: Larvotto to Hospital
Line 6: Larvotto beaches, Sporting, Fontvieille
Looping through the Principality at night are two distinct night-bus lines operating from 9.30 pm:
Line N1 – Albert II Fontvieille towards Larvotto Beache towards Saint-Roman towards Casino towards Albert II.
This line is a mix of the day buses N ° 6 and line N ° 1
Line N2 – Monaco-Ville to the Exotic Garden and back
This line takes exactly the route of the day bus N ° 2
The PRINCESSE ANTOINETTE stop in the outward-bound direction and the MONTE-CARLO stop in the return direction, makes it possible to change between the two night-bus lines N1 and N2 and thus optimize your “nocturnal” travels. The night buses run every 30 minutes until 12.20 am and make all the main stops. The night buses run from Monday through Friday and until 4am on Saturday and Sunday.
Bateau Bus is the bus by sea and it’s solar-electric powered. The grand and beautiful Port Hercule is just that—grand. It could take a lot of effort and time to walk around the port. But the little ‘boat bus’ shuttles you straight across from Quai des Etas Unis to the Cruise Terminal. The bus runs every ten minutes from 8am to 8pm and costs the same as a normal bus fare.
Monabike – Electric Bikes
The Monaco Bus Company (CAM) installed a series of electric bicycle stations which have been very popular. So popular that this July the whole network has been greatly expanded in Monaco and even integrated with the surrounding communities.
These Monabike ‘velos’ are pedal assisted to help you up the steep gradients and arrive looking fresh. With screens that give you speed, mileage, and battery charge, you will always be in control. The battery lasts anywhere from 20-25km on one charge and stations can be found across Monaco, near the main bus stops. The bikes are easy to rent, even for as little as 1 euro to go from one station to another.
Sometimes the most convenient way to get around is a private driver to take you door to door. There are many taxi ranks in Monaco, including: The railway station, Avenue Princesse Grace (next to Hôtel Beach Plaza), Next to the Monte Carlo Fairmont Hôtel, Avenue des Spélugues, The Métropole, Avenue de la Madone, and Avenue de Monte-Carlo (near the Casino) and Saint Roman near the Eastern boundary of Monaco.
New Electric Taxis
At the initiative of the Prince’s Government, a fleet of 20 electric taxis have been introduced. These 100% electric vehicles carry out journeys mostly within Monaco,although they will also serve the Monte-Carlo Beach, Monte-Carlo Country Club and Marriott Hotel. The basic fare, not including waiting time, is set at €15. It is possible to hail the taxis in the street.
Mobee Car Sharing
Mobee is the car-sharing service of the Principality of Monaco. 25 vehicles are available 24/7 and across the full territory of Monaco.
Based on the principle of “free floating” or self-servicing, it allows you to pick up and return the vehicles anywhere in Monaco.
Port de Fontvieille
The Port de Fontvieille truly is a playground for the rich and famous, since only they can afford thousands of dollars a day to berth their boats and yachts in the harbor. The marina has space for 275 vessels of varying sizes, and offers all the amenities the sailors want. Fifty years ago the Port de Fontvieille was just a patch of sand sheltered by rocks. The marina borders the heart of the village of Fontvieille, with streets and buildings at water’s edge. See amazing views of this very scenic marina from the Rock of Monaco.
Lovers of all things marine may enjoy a visit to the Oceanographic Museum, which is devoted to marine science. This Baroque Revival building overlooks the Mediterranean. Founded in 1910, famed ocean scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau served as its director for three decades. It is home to collections of sea life, such as sharks, turtles and shellfish, as well as model ships and sea animal skeletons. An aquarium in the basement is home to 4,000 species of fish. The aquarium features Mediterranean and tropical water ecosystems.
Larvotto Beach is Monaco’s most popular – and only – beach, even though the beach is more pebbly than sandy; beachcombers may want to wear sturdy shoes while walking along the Mediterranean Sea. While some visitors recommend the beach for families because the sea is quieter, parents should know it is popular with topless sunbathers. Some sections of Monaco’s public beach are free to visitors, while others charge admission. The beach is just a few minutes’ walk from Monte Carlo. Avenue Princess Grace runs alongside the beach.
The Jardin Exotique is a must-see for travelers with green thumbs. This botanical garden, built on the side of a cliff, boasts more than 1,000 succulents, most of which are cacti. Some of the plants are more than 100 years old. An underground cave is located at the foot of the cliff; guided tours can be arranged. The garden is also home to the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology since remains of prehistoric man were found on the site. The garden is a great place to take panoramic photos of Monaco since it overlooks the harbor.
Monaco-Ville (Le Rocher)
Monaco-Ville, also known as Le Rocher or The Rock, offers visitors a chance to stroll through the country’s oldest neighborhood. This old town, which is built on rocky land that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea, may date back to the 6th century BC when the ancient Greek established a colony here. In the 13th century, Monaco’s founders, the Grimaldis, made an ancient fortress their headquarters. Monaco-Ville is made up almost entirely of pedestrian streets and passageways and retains its medieval character. There are a number of hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops, as well as several of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and St. Martin’s Gardens.
Prince's Palace of Monaco
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official home of the country’s rulers, the Grimaldi family, which is currently headed by Prince Albert II, the son of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. The fairy tale palace began as a fortress in the 12th century, but over the centuries fell into a shambles; Prince Rainier is credited with restoring the palace to its former grandeur. The palace is open to the public annually from June to October. Once inside they‘ll find a courtyard made from 3 million pebbles that form a geometric pattern, and historic Genovese frescoes. Everyday at 11:55 AM, in front of the Palace’s main entrance visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the “Carabiniers”.