Monaco Grand Prix
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Mark E
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Great experience and a really fun day out. We purchased tickets outside the venue on the day so didn’t have many options and had to overpay. Despite this it was still an incredible once in a lifetime experience. Our tickets were in the Rocher sector so the area was a little crowded. I would recommend trying to find grandstand seats if possible.
Written May 29, 2022
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Sunshine650550
157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
I finally got to visit Monaco and walk every meter of the track.
I could visualize different drivers talking the various corners. Standing where two drivers left the track and landed in the harbor was interesting.
Sad when I reached the place Lorenzo Bandini fatally crashed in 1967.
Written February 7, 2021
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Angie
stuart florida2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We went with friends last year to see the Monaco Grand Prix. Got our tickets from www.thegrandprixclub,com, watched from a private apartment balcony directly on the track with fantastic views of almost 75% of the track.
Written February 16, 2020
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Lo B
Castle Donington, UK403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Honestly if you’re debating whether you should do it, do it. Once in a lifetime experience (that I hope to repeat!). We had the best time and took along our 7 month old baby (not for the faint hearted!) but he loved it too! Weather was a bit precarious when it’s usually a glorious weekend but that added to the fun. We sat in grandstand K opposite the yachts so had all the fun of the music too.
Written March 21, 2023
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MotorOn2
Los Angeles, CA138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We attended our first F1 Grand Prix in Monaco. What an experience! Such a beautiful place and the iconic circuit is mesmerizing as Sir Lewis Hamilton put it. While we had to deal with Covid restrictions, we didn’t let this minimize the fun. Walking to the market we saw Charles LeClerc and my son got a selfie with him. Made our day to say the least. We also saw Fernando Alonso running. The entire experience was heaven for us - Monaco! The cars! The race! I can’t recommend it enough. We had a blast and hope to go again.

Question: can someone recommend a good, reasonable way to reserve on one of the Ermanno Palace Terraces?
Written May 27, 2021
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Michael M
Luton, UK28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Rather boring, over rated affair. Playing a street version of scale-electric cars. Mostly no overtaking places, restricted road, little atmosphere, little to see. What is seen is gone in a moment
Written June 1, 2023
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy26,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
Since 1929 , on one weekend of may , the streets of Monaco-Monte Carlo changes into a circuit of Formula One, during the year only a large promenade beside the Harbor remember to you the point of arrival, large and empty, with all money circulating in this city , removable street furniture could be positioned
Written October 23, 2020
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ndilegs
Ottawa, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
When I decided we were going to go see the Monaco Grand Prix, I found it difficult to find any information online with tips/tricks about how to get there, where to stay or even where to eat. So here is my long winded review in the hopes that it will aid other travellers to see the iconic Monaco Grand Prix.
STAY
We stayed in Nice, found a reasonably sized AirBNB apartment very close to the main Nice train station, Gare de Nice Ville. The SNCF trains travel regularly between Nice and Monaco. While they call them ‘direct’, what this really means is that you don’t have to change trains. These trains will stop at every station in between Nice and Monaco.
For the Thursday and Friday of the race weekend, the trains run every 30 minutes and note you are looking for the train that says it’s going to Vintimille (it stops in Monaco). For Saturday and Sunday, they add extra trains that just go to Monaco so this increases the frequency to almost every 15 minutes depending on the time of day. Watch for which platform, they do sometimes change platforms, especially when extras are running.
There are machines at the train station to purchase tickets, good for any train on that day (as opposed to the website which requires you to pick a train time). The website claims it’s cheaper to pre-book, but the website and the onsite tickets are the same price.
I recommend you buy enough for all your days once you get to one of these machines. We bought just Thursday and it took minutes, but when we got there Friday the lineups were extremely long.
Depending on which race day and time of day, you may be standing, but the ride is just over 20 minutes so it’s not too bad, it just might be a little hot. The extra trains on Saturday and Sunday start at the Nice Ville station so they will be empty to start, but there will still be a bunch of people trying to get seats. This train does go through the Nice Riquier station, so obtaining it there could be an option, but because you’re not at the main station, you are likely standing, assuming you can even squeeze yourself onto the train.
And if you’re North American, like me, a reminder: the street signs are embedded into the corners of the buildings. For the first day I was trying to find street signs on the corner light posts to no avail!

FOOD
In Nice, we found the area near the train station had a lot of food other than French (i.e. Indian, Asian, or even American fast food). I regret not doing more research because we were interested in local cuisine of course. However we were lucky enough to stumble upon a quaint restaurant, Chez Moi, which we did enjoy. If you do end up here, be aware, they are cash only.
We used the grocery stores to pack lunches; look for Monoprix, Carrefour or Casino Supermarche. Bring your own bags and in some we had to pre-weigh our own produce before bringing it to the checkout. They also won’t pack your groceries for you.
In Monaco, we tended to eat at off times, so in general we didn’t find it difficult to find a spot to grab a bite. We did tend to stay away from the main streets which had all the vendors in temporary tents. Everything in Monaco was expensive; a burger was 18 Euros, some restaurants were charging 10 Euros for a pint, we did find a street vendor selling pints for 5 Euros. Also be aware that service changes are typically already included in the bill they present.

TICKETS
I decided to go with F1 Experiences due to their apparent tight ties with F1. This was a mistake for this particular race. The Monaco Grand Prix is actually run by the Monaco Automobile Club and as such, so F1 Experiences people told me, they are limited in what ‘experiences’ they can actually provide. So be aware, if you are purchasing any of their lower-end packages (like the Hero package I chose), for other F1 races they have extras like driving around the track or a picture on the podium, but not in Monaco. Since I purchased my tickets they have cleaned up the details on their website so it is more accurate now, but I still don’t think the extra cost was worth what the package ended up being. But I will admit, one of our experiences was spending Thursday practice hanging out on a yacht, and that was pretty cool.
Included in our full weekend grandstand ticket was a pit lane pass. Because everyone who bought full tickets also got one apparently, and it was for only one-time slot on Friday afternoon, it was a large press of people and took over an hour just to clear security. When we got in, a few lower drivers came out to sign autographs. Of course the Ferrari and Mercedes pits were the most crowded and hardest to see.
Our tickets were for the K grandstands, upper K3, facing the harbour. It was bleacher seating, plastic seats however, so for short durations it was fine to sit. But for the race I was quite thankful I brought some seat cushions. The top row of the grandstand had ‘individual’ seats, but they still don’t have a seat back. I would argue you don’t really need to be ‘upper’, at least not in K3, the view was just as good lower down in the stands as it was where we ended up, row V. You need to bring binoculars to see the one and only ‘big screen’ available to the K grandstand. K1 is closest to the screen (and the exit of the casino tunnel). The higher number K are closer to the pool.
There is security getting to the bleachers. You are allowed to bring in plastic bottles but without the cap. I brought in a plastic refillable water bottle and snacks without issue.

OTHER NOTES
After passing security, there are people selling things like programs and posters. They also sell them on the streets of Monaco. The people inside were charging more and claimed what was sold on the streets wasn’t ‘authentic’. Well I couldn’t tell the difference in the case of the race poster so we just went with a street vendor. Just saying.
There were a number of restaurants in the Fontvieille Harbour area. If you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle, this may be a good location to grab some eats.
Watch for cars. Pedestrians do take over the streets due to their sheer numbers, but the streets are still open. Even some of the streets with the temporary tent vendors on them. Don’t be surprised to be honked at to get out of the way.

SUMMARY
All in all, an experience like no other. I was impressed at how well the big screen and a loudspeaker announcer kept us up to date on what was going on and I don't feel like I missed anything even though you really only see a portion of the track in any race seat. After the race we walked a bit of the track, but because it's a street race, very quickly things were opened up and cars were travelling the area. Because there’s so much to see, I would love to come back to see another Monaco Grand Prix!
Written October 30, 2019
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Emma T
Darlington, UK77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
My lifetime ambition was to go to the Monaco Grand Prix, and I had the privilege of being able to do this last year for my 30th. I went all out and bought a VIP package, and had a lot of expectations built up from what I had seen for years on TV. Yes, this is Monaco. Yes, this is a track of a kind. However, the glamour is certainly made up just for the cameras. I’ll try and move through the days to review and explain.

Thursday is a free practice here, because Friday is a national holiday. You need a ticket for this day, although the tickets are fairly cheap to get and you have the chance to pick your own seat.

Friday is a real plus – this is the day where you get to meet the drivers and walk the pit lane. If you have a ticket for Saturday and/or Sunday then you are entitled to walk the pit lane on the Friday. Now…be warned…it is not per se ‘walking the pit lane’. It is more ‘let’s shove a bunch of people in a corridor on the pit lane that is 4 foot (at most) wide and see them push and shove each other’. It was a nightmare! There were people all but camped in certain areas in front of garages waiting to see a driver. Some might come out, many did not. However, that simply blocked the way for everyone else due to how narrow the walk way was. There really was no need for it to be so small, as no ‘action’ was particularly happening other than practice pit stops. Health and safety nerds need not apply here!
It also got very silly when at one point it was so jam packed I tried to stick my head through the barrage of people to see what the fuss was, and got squashed by some extremely rude Italian to whom I replied in a less than polite way! We were glad to get to the end, if I am honest. Not a nice experience.

Much better was the square on Avenue de Port where there was a huge platform and drivers came up and were interviewed. This was free to all -ticket or not – and really fantastic. There was a scheduled displayed saying drivers and times so you could go at a time when you wanted. Be aware – there were serial campers there too, especially for the big names. I really wanted to see Nico Rosberg and I was pushed and shoved for 3hrs before he arrived on. Luckily he, and all of the drivers, went to sign autographs after their interview although unless you are at the front then forget it. There was a British couple behind me complaining about not getting one – simple…get there earlier!! In this area they had a mock pit stop, an F1 simulation (thanks to RedBull) and Marlborough were giving away cigarettes and photos ‘with the drivers’…aka a photo booth with the drivers superimposed. They printed free photos too – really great.

Saturday we were VIP in Stars n Bars, but also had a grandstand seat overlooking Rascasse. It was madness – make a lot of time to get from one place to the next. While the track (and area) are small, the restrictions on where you can walk and one-way system mean it takes 4x as long to get anywhere. We were overlooking the pits too, so if you want somewhere where you can see the action, see the pits and have sight of a TV screen then this is the place to be. At the end of the qualifying ti was like herding cattle, though. Also be careful of your tickets. We were in T1 (Tribunal 1) yet some French people had an argument with us sat in our seats. Argued black and white they were right…turns out they were in T2. Please do check carefully – it can be confusing although it is very clearly signed.

While the race days were fantastic, I expected MC to come alive with glitz and glamour at night. It didn’t. It was fully of drunk British people throwing up, thinking that because they were in MC they were something. I have seen better behaved people on Gerodie Shore. I was shocked. Walking down the Port there was not one ounce of glitz. The price of drinks is extortionate (10 euro for a ‘glass’ of wine….usually 4!) although Brasserie Monaco is probably your best and cheapest bet. The track is opened up so all of this partying (and throwing up) happens on the track. It is packed. It is hot. It is stuffy. It is crowded. And it is full of ambulances tacking away girls who have taken half of their clothes off and who are throwing up with their head in between their legs. I don’t joke! Riot police where lining the streets, as British (mainly) were so drunk they didn’t know what they were doing. It was embarrassing. I am sure other nationalities were there, but I am sad to say it sounded like the Brits were doing that whole ‘Brits drunk abroad making a fool of themselves’ thing again.

I’m not sure what I expected, but it was something like what you see on TV. Even as a so-called VIP guest this was not what I had imagined. I am glad I did the Monaco GP, but would I do it again? No! Never! I love Monaco dearly, but I will never, ever want to experience the reality of the Monaco GP again. The glitz is done for one thing only - the TV.
Written March 13, 2017
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CharlesMason
Monte-Carlo, Monaco164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Being a Monegasque resident, I have an insider's view of the Grand Prix. I've never had to pay for a slice of the action. One year I watched it from the flying bridge of my friend Olivier's Fincantieri. I thoroughly enjoyed the endless supply of cold beers and the giant charcuterie board, not to mention the view of the rip-roaring action from the sea. After the race was done, we hopped on his tender with a couple of friends and raced over to Lavrotto beach where my Swiss friend, Cedric, had organised a champagne tower (courtesy of the Cafe De Paris' wonderful waiting staff). Absolutely divine.
Cedric is quite the philanthropist and handed out champagne to anybody who happened to be walking by. As we got tanked up, another friend of ours - Matteo (also Swiss) - played the violin. He was something of a master and was a regular performer at the Grimaldi forum. The old chubber was getting in on years then, but still managed to wow us with his expert handling of Beethoven's Concerto No1 in A Minor.
Another year, I was invited to my friend Johanna's apartment on Boulevard Albert, directly overlooking the starting grid. I have to say that during the Grand Prix I always felt the flat was rather wasted on her and her endless string of waster boyfriends. She had no interest in racing whatsoever and spent the entire afternoon talking about her cats. Her current beau - a hansom, but thick Australian - was also pre-occupied ... with every other woman in the room!! What a flirt! Johanna was too drunk and busy talking about her Persians to notice. Time to ditch the wasters and find somebody worthy of you, Johanna!
Despite all this, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on her balcony. Much like Olivier, she was a top notch host. I've never once stayed at hers and not been amazed by her ability to put on an incredible spread. She also had some lovely American lagers.

Who knows how I'll watch this year? Whether boat or land, I'll be sure to enjoy myself. Perhaps I should watch from helicopter some time, though that might get a little stuffy in the cabin. I like taking the helicopter from Cap d'Ail to Limone to ski (recommended), but not so sure about using it in May.
If you're fortunate enough to be be in Monaco during this year's Grand Prix, Cedric is organising another champagne tower with the Hotel De Paris, so look out for him. It's become an annual tradition and he's ever so generous. I'm sure I'll be there at pouring time after the race ends. The F1 drivers like to spray their champagne all over the place. We prefer it in the mouth!
Written April 10, 2019
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