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New to Monaco grand prix - help!

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New to Monaco grand prix - help!

I have got the chance to go to the Monaco Grand Prix this year and only have to pay flight costs. Downside is I fly alone and spend the days alone. However, I need to make a decision and need to know a few things. How easy is it to get from Nice Airport to Monaco without spending a fortune on a cab? What is the dress code during the grand prix for women? Is it safe to walk about on your own during the day? Are there things to do, see when the racing is not on? What is the cost of a drink around Monaco or food? Any advice gladly welcomed! thanks.

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1. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi MissT

It is easy (and cheap) to get from Nice airport to Monaco. You can take the airport express bus for €20 or the airport shuttle and then the train from Nice St Augustin. See the excellent information provided by Selkie on the Airport Express Bus thread.

There is no dress code during the Grand Prix, unless you are watching from one of the hotel terraces or a private terrace. Dress up for a hotel terrace, (very) smart casual for a private terrace. For the grandstands, wear what's comfortable - jeans and a t shirt do it for most people. Take a sweater if it's cold, a plastic rain mack just in case, suncream and a hat if not. And no matter what the weather, don't skimp on the earplugs and ear defenders.

Monaco is perfectly safe all day and all night, hold onto your bag if you take the train as you would anywhere.

There will be plenty of places open during the Grand Prix, you can visit museums or sit on the beach all day if you want. The only things you can't do while the racing is actually on, is visit the Casino or the port. Cost of food and drink varies as it does anywhere, you can do Monaco on a tight budget if you want to. The cheapest option is to buy sandwiches and soft drinks at stalls by the grandstands.

The Monaco Grand Prix is a great event and people in the grandstands are very friendly, you won't feel alone during the racing (though you won't be having any conversations either!) and you might make new friends to pass a couple of hours with after the race.

Enjoy the GP if you do decide to come!

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2. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi Miss T

We have an info pack with dress code details, tourist information, maps etc. we are updating it for the Monaco Grand Prix 2013 at the moment but it should be of help to you if you decide to attend, PM me your email address and we'll send it to you.

As Moth said, it's a great experience and Monaco itself is incredibly safe just be careful of pickpockets on the trains, platforms and the stations outside Monaco.

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Hi Ed

Have you got an information pack you can send me for me in relation to monnaco I have booked a trip for my partners birthday as a surprise we are arriving on 24th may -27th may and staying in nice. i have tickets for rocher on the sunday because i didnt have a clue what was best to book to get a view of the cars and circuit but having read reviews I think this was probably a bad move.

Im worried now that there is nothing special i can do for him maybe if there was a restaurant or bar i could book for the sunday after the grand prix or can you buy tickets on the day which could upgrade us from rocher?

we like a good drink and a socialise or on the saturday is there anywhere we could book for a meal and drinks while the race is going on?

i appreciate any help you can offer as io have no idea where to go what to expect etc but just want it to be special without spending thousands probably allocating £1000.00 spending money for the 3 days?

thanks you for any advice etc anyone can offer!

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Hi Lady T, really don't worry about it not being special, this is the Monaco Grand Prix! Your partner will love it! Many people wouldn't sit anywhere other than the Rocher, because it's the only view of the Rascasse corner and the entry to the pit lane. The only drawback is that you have to be there very early to grab a place and lots of people who have booked for the whole three days will have chained their picnic chairs to the trees to reserve the best spots.

After the racing, walk the circuit and enjoy the buzz of the crowd. Lots of places don't take reservations at this time because people end up hopping from one place to another and don't turn up for their tables. It's fun not to have a timetable to stick to...

You should be fine on your budget and I am sure Ed's pack will give you plenty of ideas about how to spend it.

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5. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi LadyT

No problem, pm me your email address and we'll send the pack. It has maps, restaurant suggestions, tourist info, etc which might be of use.

There are still grandstand seats available from the ACM although I'm not sure which stands, they had released a few K1 high a few days ago so you might get lucky and find they still have a few, I've also been offered K1 high from people re-selling them but at inflated prices.

There are restaurants you can watch the race from and I can check availability with some for you if you like.

But it all depends on what you want from the weekend. If you both go with the right attitude and expectation level I'm sure you will have a lot of fun on Rocher.

Let me know what you need answers to, I'm happy to help as I'm sure Moth is.

All the best

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6. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi aLL

Thank you so much for your advice, do you know how much K HIgh tickets are going for maybe I could trade mine in for them instead?

I'll pm you my email address as well as I am so gratefull for any information I can get on all this really, i thought the restuarant views would be in the £1000's for the day which is way beyond my budget?

so imagining i dont get different tickets and have to stick with what i got, then on the friday evening can i go to rocher and put a picnic blanket and everythign down in preparation for sunday?

also can I take alcohol in with me or just unopened bottles etc? is there toilet facilities and food places in rocher or would we bring that with us to?

sorry for all the questions really appreciate the advice.

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7. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi Shelley

Info pack on the way to you.

I expect if you put your blanket down and leave it that it will simply be moved, others attach their furniture to trees etc or stay with it.

There are toilet facilities nearby but not on rocher itself and there are plenty of food vendors around but again not on the hill itself. With regards alcohol I believe you will be ok to take it in sealed containers and drink it on the hill but i wouldn't walk about the streets drinking it.

Hope that helps

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8. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi Fugare1.

If I private message my e mail address, would I be cheeky in asking for an info pack too? My husband and son are making the trip for the first time.

Many thanks.

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9. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Hi Amanda

No problem, happy to help.

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10. Re: New to Monaco grand prix - help!

Thank you! Fugare 1

Regards Amanda

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