The shoulder seasons - April/May and September/October - are the most pleasant times to visit Monaco. Summer (June to August) can be very hot, and you'll be pressing flesh with most of Europe. Winter is a better bet. It may be a bit rainy but it's unlikely to be too cold. Car-racing fans will probably want to be here either in January for the Monte Carlo Rally or May for the Grand Prix.
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The only hotel in Monte Carlo with its own private beach, Le Meridien Beach Plaza offers plush accommodations and contemporary flair.
Monaco enjoys mild Mediterranean weather, with days of sunshine (an average 300 per year) and nights cooled by breezes from the sea. Summer averages of 21°C (70°F) heat up to 26°C (79°F) during July and August. Autumn has wonderful weather, averaging 15 to 21°C (60 to 70°F) and clear skies through to winter. From December through to January, daytime temperatures subside to a range of 8-12°C (46-54°F).
Buses run from all over Monaco to the surrounding French countryside. Bus 100 is the main intercity bus linking Nice to Menton via Monaco. It stops at various places around the city. A train trip along the coast offers mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. Trains to and from Monaco's train station (av Prince Pierre) are run by the French SNCF. There are three exits that go in very different directions: Fontvielle leads you to Av Prince Pierre; Le Port/La Condamine leads you to the harbor and bd Albert 1er; and Monte Carlo/Jardin Exotique leads you to bd Princesse Charlotte. To reach the tourist office, take the Monte Carlo/Jardin Exotique exit from the station, cross the street and take Bus 2 (direction Monaco Ville) or Bus 4 (direction La Condamine-Place des Moulins). For an easy day trip the train station in La Condamine runs a frequent service to east to Menton (10 minutes) Nice, (20 minutes), and the first town across the border in Italy, Ventimiglia (20 minutes). If you want to arrive in style, HeliAir Monaco will bring you by helicopter from Nice airport.
Monaco's urban bus system has six lines, and will take you to all the tourist spots. If you want to get back to your hotel after 21:00, however, you'll need to catch a taxi. Be impressed by the escalators and public lifts linking city streets.
No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Please contact the consulate for up-to-date information on travel document requirements.
Monte Carlo relishes in its incredibly low crime rate. Thanks to security cameras in all public spaces, should something go awry police will be there immediately.
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