What can one do in a country this tiny and oh-so-expensive? Will it be worth it and fit within the budget?
Well, after living there for almost a year with an itch to explore, I am here to guide you towards exactly what you CAN do if you are planning a trip to Monaco. Been there, done that. Hence, as a fellow traveler I can assure you that touring the country isn’t that expensive if done wisely and with some advance planning. With limited means and an urge to know more, I managed to be a part of many luxurious experiences that Monaco boasts of; owing to my university there and at the same time hike my way through French villages lusting after an incredible bird’s eye view of the country. Again, undoubtedly in my case it was a given that I had time to cover most of it.
If you are planning a trip to this country for only a day or two, as a bonus after exploring the gorgeous South of France, all while picking up some tan on the Mediterranean beaches along the way; you shouldn't go back without checking Monaco off your list. Some people only touch down Monaco just for a couple of hours because they were visiting Nice and returned without even getting to know the place. Monaco is rich in history and there is so much to do and see. It maybe a tiny country but, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in it’s point of view.
Few things to keep in mind while planning Monaco on a budget:
• Purchase paired tickets or combo passes online for the museums and gardens.
• When visiting the principality, it’s best to find accommodation on the French borders, as prices there are more economical than living in Monaco. For example, Cap D’ail, Villefranche, Nice and Beausoleil are a few convenient French towns around Monaco.
• Get an apartment with a boutique kitchen if you plan to stay around for over two days, as eating out three meals a day adds up.
• Study the bus routes well, as they are the most economic way to get around. Buses are way cheaper than taxis and still cheaper is getting around on foot.
• Best supermarket to buy produce will be Carrefour in Centre Commercial Fontvieille, Monaco. Other small and express convenience stores should be reserved for emergencies, only.