Monaco: travel information
For EU citizens, a valid passport or identity card is sufficient for a stay in Monaco for up to 90 days. The French representations are responsible for visa matters. There are no border controls at the border with France.
Import and export of goods
The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals that are protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.
The same import regulations apply as for France.
Entry with pets
An EU pet passport must be carried for the animal to enter Monaco with pets.
This must show that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. This vaccination must have taken place at least 30 days before entry and must not be more than a year ago. In addition, the corresponding pet must be clearly identifiable. This can be ensured either by an electronic chip or by a clearly legible tattoo.
Monaco: arrival and transport
The Principality is connected to France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, among others, by the European motorway network. There are no border controls between France and Monaco.
There are five bus routes in Monaco operated by the CAM company. There are buses from Monaco to Nice and other French cities.
The principality is connected to the cities of the Riviera by a dense railway network. However, there are no direct connections from Germany and Austria to the principality, but a night train runs between Monaco and Strasbourg. There is also a direct train connection between Monaco and Basel. The super-fast TGV Méditerranée train travels from Paris to Monaco.
Mountain and valley railway
In Monaco there are around 15 public lifts between the mountain and valley.
The two main ports are Condamine (Hercule Port) and Fontvieille, which can accommodate yachts of all sizes. Overseas cruise ships can anchor in Monaco Bay.
Monaco is easy to reach from Nice Airport, which is located 22 km north-east of Monte Carlo. There are direct flights to Nice from all major German cities.
To Nice Airport by helicopter
There are also helicopters between Nice Airport and Monaco. The Monaco helicopter airport is located on Avenue Ligures.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Monaco is:
Monaco: embassies, consulates and tourist office
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Monaco embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of Monaco in Germany
The embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Berlin is located in a newly constructed building that is right next to the CDU’s German headquarters.
The embassy of Monaco moved into this building – designed by the Cologne architect Sayed Mohammed Oreyzi – in 2000. In addition to the Monaco embassy, the building also houses the embassies of Bahrain, Luxembourg and Malta.
Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Berlin
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 263 90 33
Honorary Consulate in Düsseldorf
Tel: 0049 – (0) 211 – 49 79 141
Honorary Consulate in Frankfurt/Main
60487 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 70 74 663
Honorary Consulate in Hamburg
Neuer Jungfernstieg 20
Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 35 06 02 07
Honorary Consulate in Munich
Brienner Strasse 28
Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 28 62 82 66
Honorary Consulate in Potsdam
Tel: 0049 – (0) 331 – 20 14 770
Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart
Tel: 0049 – (0) 711 – 24 83 92 90
German representations in Monaco
The German embassy in Paris is responsible.
Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Monaco
Postal address: BP 287, Monte Carlo, MC-98005 Monaco Cedex
“Le Roc Fleur”, 2 Chemin du Ténaco
Tel: 0077 97 97 49 65
Austrian representations in Monaco
The embassy in Paris is responsible.
Austrian Honorary Consualt in Monaco
“Monte Carlo Palace”, 7, Boulevard des Moulins
98000 Monte Carlo
Tel: 00377 – 93 30 23 00
Representations of Monaco in Austria
The embassy in Berlin is responsible.
Honorary Consulate General of the Principality of Monaco in Vienna
Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 12
Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 533 08 67
Swiss representation in Monaco
The consulate general in Marseille is responsible.
Swiss Consulate in Monaco
2 avenue de Grande Bretagne
98007 Monaco Cedex
Tel: 00377 – 93 15 58 82
Representations of Monaco in Switzerland
Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Bern
Tel: 0041 – (0) 031/356 28 58
Consulate General in Bern
Tel: 0041 – (0) 31/560 66 00
Consulate in Basel
Tel: 0041 – (0) 61/286 43 89
Consulate in Geneva
Quai du Seujet 12 (5ème)
Tel: 0041 – (0) 22/707 17 50
Consulate in Lugano
Via F. Somaini 3
Tel: 0041 – (0) 91/994 70 28
Consulate in Zumikon
Tel: 0041 – (0) 44/919 04 16
Direction du Tourisme et des Congrès
2a, boulevard des Moulins, Monte-Carlo
98030 Monaco Cedex
Tel: 00377 – 92 16 61 16
Monaco Tourism and Congress Office in Germany
Kaus Media Services
Tel: 0049 – (0) 511 – 517 96 10
Travel medicine and warnings
Infectious diseases, vaccinations
No infectious diseases that are not widespread in Germany or Central and Northern Europe are to be expected in Monaco.
One exception, however, is the possibility of getting infected with leishmaniasis.
In principle, however, the same vaccinations – as “at home” – should be available. There is no compulsory vaccination upon entry.
Hazards and current warning notices
Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000
Currency and shopping
The national currency of Monaco is the euro, which is divided into 100 cents:
1 euro (€) = 100 cents.
Monaco is not officially one of the countries in the euro area in which the euro was introduced as the official currency on January 1, 2002.
The principality has the status of an associated euro user with its own coins – such as Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican State
Due to the low population and a corresponding agreement, only a comparatively small number of the Monegasque 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces as well as the 1 and 2 euro coins are minted each year and in Circulated.
The first series of embossing, which was only produced from 2001 to 2005, is particularly popular. After the death of Prince Rainer III. (1923-2005) all coins were redesigned and the portrait of the former prince who
previously decorated the 2 euro coin and the 1 euro coin together with Prince Albert disappeared.
In addition to the common coins, various collector and commemorative coins came onto the market. The first of the four commemorative coins so far, all from the French mint, appeared in 2007.
More were added in 2011 for the wedding of Prince Albert II (born 1958) to Charlene Wittstock (born 1978) from South Africa, as well as in 2012 on the 500th anniversary of the sovereignty of Monaco and in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of the accession of the Principality minted for the UN as 2 euro coins.
Information for collectors
Monaco’s seven collector coins are strictly limited. The first coin made of 900 gold has a face value of 20 euros and was produced 3,500 times.
The last one appeared 10 years later in December 2012. It honors Honoré II. (1597-1662) on the silver coin produced 6,500 times.
But the highlight for every collector is the gold coin for the 80th birthday of Prince Rainer III. Their face value alone is already 100 euros.
Due to the very low number of only 1,000 pieces, a multiple is often offered for this coin among coin collectors today.
Bank opening times
The banks in Monaco are generally open during the week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. The Banque Franco-Portugaise in Monte-Carlo is also open on Saturdays.
Banks are closed on the afternoons before public holidays.
Shop opening times
The shops in Monaco are usually open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs
In Monaco, tourists prefer to buy perfume, ceramics, clothing, hosiery, shoes, books, jewelry, chocolate and embroidery.
But also all kinds of souvenirs.