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Nonaco Bus System

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Nonaco Bus System

For any of you who have been to Monaco/Monte Carlo, it looks like bus number 2 and bus number 4 are the buses that get you around to see most everything. Do both of these buses stop at the train station? I particularly would like to see Monaco-Ville, Exotic Gardens, Palais Princhier, and La Condamine. Are these all on either bus route 2 or bus route 4?

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Hi Dave, all the buses (1,2,4,5 and 6) stop at one or other entrances of the railway station and all go through the Place d'Armes for the Condamine. Route 2 is the one that will take you from the Exotic Gardens to Monaco Ville (for the Palais Princier)via the Condamine or vice versa. Route 4 is of almost no help for your itinerary.

Enjoy your visit!

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Dave....just as a point of reference....Monaco is tiny. You could easily fit NYC's Central Park inside it.

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The only thing I worry about is doing all that climbing up the streets. But, I do understand that there are escalators and elevators to assist. We will be off a cruise ship, for a day, in Villefranche and will be taking the train to Monaco. I really want to see all of Monaco and Monte Carlo, especially the sights I mentioned. I also like taking buses around to initially get us familiar and then do the walking near the sights we want to see.

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Are there sights in particular that you feel we should see. I imagine the buses stop pretty much at all of them. Mu understanding is that you can buy a day ticket to ride the buses all day.

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My initial recommendation would be to visit Nice and Villefranche but many people view Monaco as a "bucket list" destination....a lot are disappointed.

Again...Monaco is tiny. A lot of it is just wall to wall apartment buildings. The harbour level (La Condamine) is the Casino "zone" and shopping and restaurants. Also the yachts as well.....although the really spectacular stuff is at Port Vauban in Antibes.

There are elevators that will take you up to the "palace" (Palais Princier) level. This is also where the Cathedral and the Aquarium are.

A lot of people spend 3 or 4 hours to see the whole principality.

Edited: 6:38 pm, April 25, 2013
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Hi Dave

I would say you have picked some good Monaco destinations there. The Exotic Gardens are lovely, with fantastic views over the Principality, especially Monaco-Ville and the Palace. You need an hour to appreciate the gardens. Entry includes entry to the Museum of Pre-history, which has some interesting finds from local excavations as well as further afield, and to the caves, whose entrance is within the gardens. The caves are difficult to navigate if you are worried about steps, but everywhere else you just have a few steps, handrails, seats to rest on; it's very accessible. Bus 2 stops outside.

The Prince's Palace is beautifully presented and another must-see, for this allow at least an hour and a half. Buses 1 and 2 stop up the hill at Monaco-Ville and it is a flat walk of about 300 or 400 metres to the Palace.

The Condamine is mainly interesting for the market, the narrow streets full of older buildings, and the port. The streets slope gently down to the port, which is level. All the buses run along the port and to the Place d'Armes market.

The main sight you haven't included on your original list is the Casino and Casino Gardens, which are definitely worth a short break, maybe for coffee at the Cafe de Paris. Bus 2 stops here also, as do 1, 4 and 6 on different parts of their routes.

You can buy a day ticket valid for all the buses for a day for €5 and the bus is by far the best way to get around.

It must be a while since Datthecoast visited, because the Casino is not at harbour level and Condamine is not the Casino zone. The elevators that go up to the Rocher are a long walk from anywhere unless you are getting off a cruise ship in the port, on a coach tour, or driving to the relevant car park.

Monaco is small, but there is a lot to see and do and I hope you will enjoy your visit.

Edited: 2:59 am, April 26, 2013
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Thank you so much for the information that you and datthecoast have provided. It's invaluable to someone like myself who has never been to Monaco/Monte Carlo. The reason that I picked Monaco over Nice is that my wife is interested in seeing splendor instead of quaintness. We will have the entire day to spend in Monaco and we are really looking forward to it. It's a benefit to know that the bus system always stops at the railway station so that no matter what bus we are on we can get back. It also looks as though bus 2 will get us to most of the places we would want to see. The only reason that I did not include the casino zone is that some articles state their dress code which is coat and tie. However, we do plan on going to that area if only to see the casinos from the outside and, as you say, stop for coffee in Cafe de Paris, if we can afford it. My understanding is that culture shock sets in when you see what things cost in Monaco at least from an American's perspective.

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Getting into the Casino to play requires a certain formality, but you can enter the foyer to look around in trousers and shirtsleeves (it seems to depend on the day whether shorts will get past the doormen). Coffee in the Cafe de Paris will set you back about €5 tops.

We do have some quaint areas; you will be walking through one of them to get to the Prince's Palace. I hope both you and your wife will be pleased with your choice.

I empathise with the culture shock on prices - we were in Australia over Christmas and New Year and prices were eye-watering, it made Monaco seem cheap! I don't know which way things are going in the States right now, but you may be pleasantly surprised!

Enjoy your visit!

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When we arrive at the main train station, which by the way is quite beautiful, I assume we take the elevators to the street level. Where do the buses stop? Right at the train station or nearby?

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There are three exits from the station, and which one you take will depend on your first port of call. If you want to start at the Exotic Gardens, you would take the top exit, signposted for Monte Carlo, and at street level you are actually at the bus stop you need for route 2, destination Jardins Exotique. There is a ticket machine on the spot and you can also buy your daily ticket from the drivers.

If you are starting at the Casino, same exit but cross the road to take the bus in the other direction. You could also jump on Bus 4 here for the Casino, your stop is called Casino Tourisme. (The tourist office is a useful stop for free maps, information and other leaflets.)

If you are starting at the port, take the Ste Devote exit (middle of the platform), which is also the one you would take if you want to catch bus 1 or 2 up to Monaco-Ville. Again, the bus stop is right on the street at the exit.

The station is quite a marvel of modern engineering, and the lifts, escalators, travelators and marble lined corridors are quite something to behold. The views as you go up to the Pont Ste Devote (top) exit are spectacular!

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