Exploring Monaco on a budget || visiting Cote d’azur

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Monaco is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. No matter which part of the city you visit, you will be surrounded by stunning scenery, amazing architecture and super friendly people. Monaco is also very safe and clean which makes discovering the city even more enjoyable.

View of Monaco

View of Monaco



The Principality of Monaco is classified as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations where the rich & famous spend their summer. After visiting Monaco myself in June I have a few tips on how to have a great time without going bankrupt.

Below you will find a list of all the things I did in Monaco for free or a very small fee.

The ultimate guide on how to visit Monaco on a budget
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Monaco’s Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens are located in the heart of Monaco. They are free to enter and they are absolutely stunning. The actual gardens are not very big and you could probably walk around in about half an hour, but you could easily spend an entire day there. Relaxing on the bench, watching the world go by.

Japanes Gardens in Monaco

Japanes Gardens in Monaco

Japanes gardens in Monaco

Japanes Gardens in Monaco

Japanes Gardens in Monaco

Monaco Marina

We had a great time just walking around, looking at the crazy expensive boats and googling who they belong to. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot some celebrities, but they are like vampires- only coming out at night 😉

For a €2 per person, you can take a short boat trip from one end of Marina to the other.

Monaco Marina full of boats and yachts

Lunch with a view

Yes, you can queue forever to get to a swanky restaurant with a beautiful view just so they can sit you in a dark corner right by the toilets and charge you a fortune for the pleasure or… You can go to the local supermarket, buy your lunch and eat it on a bench in the marina. Supermarkets in Monaco have delicious freshly made sandwiches, cakes and freshly squeezed orange juice for a fraction of the price. You can also buy small glasses of wine- you’re on holiday after all 😉

Delicious cakes in Monack

Delicious cakes in Monaco

Delicious cakes in Monaco

Monaco Old Town

There is so much to see in the old town. From beautiful panoramic views of the City to changing of the guards in front of the Palace. You can spend hours walking around small, narrow streets looking around local shops and cafes.

Monaco old town

Monaco Royal Palace in Old town

Monaco old town

Monaco Old town

St Nicholas Cathedral

A short walk from the palace there is the beautiful St Nicholas Cathedral. Unfortunately for us there was a First Communion happening that day, so we could not go inside, but even from outside it was spectacular!

St Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco

St Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco

The Oceanographic Museum

Another spectacular building inside the walls of Monaco is The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Yes, you do have to pay to go inside but even walking around it is amazing. The building is surrounded by stunning gardens and amazing view of the coastline.

Octopus outside of Oceanographic Museum in Monaco

Oceanographic Museum in Monaco

Gardens in Monaco old town

The Train

There is a Monaco tour train. It leaves from outside of Oceanography Museum and it costs only €10 per adult. In my opinion, it’s worth doing. The Train goes around the old town, crossing the Grand Prix start line. You will be able to see all the major landmarks like the Monte Carlo Casino and Hotel de Paris. It also goes past the exclusive, members-only Yacht Club. Each seat is supplied with headphones, so you can listen to a guide and learn some interesting facts.

Monaco Turist train

Church in Monaco

Grand Prix start line in Monaco

Hotel De Paris in Monaco

Monte Carlo Casino

You need to have quite a substantial amount of money to go inside and of course follow the dress code. But it is absolutely free to stand outside and watch all the supercars drive past. Monte Carlo Casino is where James Bond was filmed so you definitely can’t miss it.

You’ll notice that Monaco is full of red Ferraris driving around. That because for €180 You can rent one to live the high life for half an hour

Monte Carlo Cassino in Monaco

Monte Carlo Cassiono in Monaco

Monte Carlo Cassino in Monaco

Exotic Gardens of Monaco

At the top of town, there is a beautiful cactus garden- Le Jardine Exotique. The entrance wasn’t very expensive- I think it was around €12 but you will definitely spend a couple of hours there. Included in the price of the ticket, is a tour around the caves. Plus the views of Monaco from the gardens are just stunning. Definitely a must!

Exotic Cactus garden in Monaco

Exotic cactus gardens in Monaco

Exotic gardens in Monaco

Exotic gardens in Monaco

view of Monaco

Cavew in Monaco

View of Monaco

Public Transport

If you don’t fancy walking around in the heat you can easily discover the City using public transport. Buses cost only a couple of euros per journey. Public transport is very punctual and clean.

Shop till you drop

Monaco is full of designer shops such as Gucci, Chanel and Hermes. Yes, you need to be super rich to buy anything, but if you are like me, it’s fun just to walk around and look at the beautiful creative windows. You can also have fun trying on things and just pretend you have all the intention to buy something. If you’re good at pretending and don’t look completely like a tourist, most shops will over you a complimentary glass of bubbly. #livingthehighlife

Shopping in Monaco

Gucci Shop in Monaco

Get stamped

If you visit the tourist office, you can get your passport stamped absolutely free. Nice little souvenir to remind you of your holiday

Stampped passport

Walk the Walk

Spend time walking the streets and discovering the city. Each corner hides beautiful building’s, independent cafes and shops full of unique product. When you walking around all you can hear is supercars raving their engine’s.

Caffe in Monaco

The Square in Monaco


Hotels in Monaco can get booked up very fast, especially during summer. Plus, the prices are rocket high. Staying in the local villages can save you a little fortune. On top of that, it will give you the opportunity to discover the local area and get dinner in a nice restaurant for much less than you would have paid in Monaco. We stayed in the beautiful village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin only 5 mins train ride from Monaco that we booked through Booking.com. You can read more about our accommodation here.

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Thanks for reading,

Love, Natalia


54 thoughts on “Exploring Monaco on a budget || visiting Cote d’azur

  1. Very beautiful! You made what seems like an extravagant splurge actually sound affordable! I’d love to visit there some day!

  2. Wow. I really like your pictures.Well done! As well the way you are wraiting. You kept me reading it until the end and get my interest to visit it Monaco. I have resived post cards but never saw it as a distanition. Now I do. 😉

  3. Monaco looks so beautiful, but it’s so expensive! These budget-friendly tips will definitely be helpful. I especially love the Old Town!

  4. What a cool post! This place looks amazing, you’ve taken some jaw-dropping photos. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Monaco has always been on my bucketlist. It seems to be a very beautiful place to visit. I love all the pictures and I hope to make use of your tips soon. 🙂

  6. Wow. Monaco looks really amazing and stunning! I love all the photos you shared. I wish to visit this place in the future.

  7. Oh my goodness, the pictures of the cakes are going to be trouble for my diet. But the exotc gardens have me adding Monaco to my travel bucket list.

  8. I want to travel south of France including Monte Carlo and seeing this blog with detailed information gets me even more excited! Book marking for sure!

  9. Amazing Monaco! Monaco is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I hope I can visit this place, too! Thanks for bringing us to Monaco through your captivating photos.

  10. Wow, Monaco is indeed scenic. How I wish I could travel on the other side of the world just to see this wonderful city.

  11. Your pictures have almost transported us to Monaco! We love how you have given us the best budget costs

  12. Wow, you got some amazing pictures. This place definitely looks beautiful, expensive and impeccably clean. One day I’ll make my way there, thanks for these tips!

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