Travel tips: Monaco

Heading out from home? We’ve gathered some tips to make sure your trip is the smoothest it can be.

About Monaco

Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe.

France borders the country on three sides while the other side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is about 15 km from the state border with Italy.

Using debit and credit card

Do I need cash in Monaco, or can I use my card everywhere?

You can use cards pretty much everywhere, but it´s a good idea to have some cash with you just in case.

What currency do they use here?

The currency here is Euro. The symbol is € or EUR.

Which ATM’s can I use for free?

Most ATM’s ask fee to withdraw from ~4%.

If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?

300 EUR should be enough for a few days, since you can use your card for nearly everything.

Should I choose local currency or Euros when paying?

If you’re asked to choose between local currency and Euros, always choose local currency.

Staying connected

Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?

Most EU mobile plans will charge you for roaming.

Wifi is readily available, especially in coffee shops.

If you want to get a local SIM card, you can learn about your options here.

Useful things to know

How does tipping work?

Service is included in bills. No tipping needed.

How much does a 0.5L beer cost?

€ 10

How much does an average meal cost?

€ 35

What’s the emergency number?

112

What type of plug do they use?

This one! It’s the standard European plug.

What side of the road do they drive on?

They drive on the right side of the road here.

How do I navigate my way around?

Google Maps works well.

Otherwise, we recommend Rome2Rio as the best way to find out how to get anywhere. It even tells you the cost of each option.

Any other good tips?

Watch a show at the Opera. Unforgettable!


If you’ve been to Monaco share your experience! The following would be really useful for others to know:

  • Which ATMs are free to use or was there a fee? 
  • Any other info you think may be useful.

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