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Accessible Monaco: A Comprehensive Guide

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Arriving in Monaco

You’ll be pleased to know that the Principality of Monaco is committed to promoting inclusive tourism for all. Monaco offers a range of accessible transportation options, including flights to Nice-Côte d’Azur International Airport, which links the Principality of Monaco with over 100 destinations worldwide. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport provides special assistance for passengers with reduced mobility, in line with European regulations.

To obtain assistance, you are advised to inform the airline and travel agency handling your journey at least 48 hours before departure. The special assistance call kiosks are easily accessible and equipped with a detection system that connects to the assistance service, which will come to collect you and escort you to boarding.

Transportation

Monaco offers a range of transportation options for visitors with disabilities. The “Monaco le Grand Tour – Hop on Hop off” buses are adapted to accommodate persons with reduced mobility. Taxis and private transport companies also offer specially adapted vehicles. For further information this guide provides information on the various transportation options available, including accessible buses, taxis, and private transport companies.

Accommodations

Finding accessible accommodations can be a challenge, but not in Monaco. There are many hotels that offer accessible rooms and facilities, including wheelchair-accessible rooms, roll-in showers, and grab bars. You can carefully select your hotel for their accessibility and proximity to popular tourist attractions. Here are some popular options:

1. Monte-Carlo Beach 5*

2. Hôtel Meridien Beach Plaza 4*

3. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort 4*

4. Hôtel Columbus Monte-Carlo 3*

5. Fairmont Monte-Carlo 4*

Tourist Attractions

Monaco is home to a variety of tourist attractions, many of which are accessible to visitors with disabilities. Popular attractions such as the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, and the Monaco Cathedral.

Monaco Cathedral was built in 1875 in the Romano-Byzantine style, from white stone quarried in La Turbie. It houses the tombs of Monaco’s Princes. The cathedral is accessible to visitors with reduced mobility via the Saint Jean-Paul II entrance.

Nestled high above the Mediterranean Sea, the Exotic Garden in Monaco has been a haven for some of the world’s rarest exotic plants, cacti, and succulents for over eight decades. The breathtaking panoramic views of the Principality and the Riviera are available for everyone to behold. Wheelchair users and their companions are granted free access, while persons with disabilities can avail of a reduced rate with a valid disability card. For families visiting, it’s worth noting that pushchairs aren’t allowed within the garden but can be parked at the entrance. Additionally, your admission ticket isn’t just a pass to the Exotic Garden. It also provides entry to the Observatory Cave and the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology.

For more accessible experiences in Monaco check out our guide here.

Suggested Itineraries

Monaco offers a variety of accessible itineraries for visitors with disabilities. These routes have been chosen to allow persons with reduced mobility maximum independence. The suggested itineraries include visits to popular tourist attractions such as the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, and the Monaco Cathedral. We recommend that you be accompanied by another person for added support.

Suggested Itinerary No. 1: Delve into Monaco’s Charms Starting from the Exotic Garden

Embark on a comprehensive journey encompassing Monaco’s major districts and attractions, specially tailored for an immersive experience using an electric wheelchair.

Exotic Garden: Begin at the captivating Exotic Garden, where you can explore the wheelchair-accessible section, the first plateau. Though the garden is closed from 2021 to 2023, you can still revel in panoramic vistas capturing the Port, Roquebrune, Italy, Monaco-Ville, Fontvieille, and Cap d’Ail. To further your adventure, hop on Bus no. 2 right outside the garden, alighting at its final stop, Le Rocher – Monaco-Ville.

Monaco-Ville: Wander through Monaco-Ville, making your way to the historic Place du Palais via any of its three entrancing streets. Notably, the Chapelle de la Miséricorde on Place de la Mairie remains accessible. Experience the age-old tradition of the Changing of the Guard at Place du Palais, a daily spectacle at 11:55 am, weather permitting. From the Prince’s Palace, behold two breathtaking panoramic sights: one gazing over Fontvieille and the other spanning Port Hercule, La Condamine district, Monte-Carlo, Roquebrune, Menton, and Italy.

Cathedral Visit: Navigate through Rue du Colonel Bellando de Castro and find the Cathedral, entering via the Saint Paul entrance. Thereafter, continue along Avenue Saint-Martin until the gardens at the concourse of the Oceanographic Museum beckon.

Oceanographic Museum: Discover marine wonders at the Oceanographic Museum, ensuring you request accessible access at the external cash desks. While most of the museum is accessible, take note of possible challenges on level -1.

Avenue des Pins: Post your museum visit, proceed along l’Avenue Saint-Martin, later turning onto Avenue des Pins.

Place d’Armes: Utilize bus services (either no. 1 or 2) from Place de la Visitation, getting off at the next halt, Place d’Armes. Transition to Place du Canton through Boulevard Charles III and then make your way down to the Fontvieille Shopping Centre using the public elevators.

Fontvieille Exploration: Dive into the eclectic collection of museums nestled on level 2 B in the Shopping Centre: the Naval Museum, Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco, Museum of Stamps, and the Zoological Garden.

Princess Grace Rose Garden: Head over to this verdant haven either on foot or aboard bus no. 6 from the Shopping Centre to the “Roseraie” stop. To conclude your journey, retake bus no. 6 towards Larvotto, disembarking at “Terrasses du Casino”, and saunter down Avenue de Monte-Carlo, leading you to the iconic Place du Casino.

This itinerary offers an enchanting blend of nature, history, and modern-day Monaco, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Suggested Itinerary 2: Discovering Fontvieille, La Condamine, and Monaco-Ville

Kickstart your exploration from the vibrant district of Fontvieille. If you’re a sports enthusiast, begin your tour at the renowned Stade Louis II. Make sure to contact the stadium in advance to find out the best times for a tour. Next, immerse yourself in the serenity of the Princess Grace Rose Garden.

Once you’re ready for some indoor exploration, make your way to the first level of the Fontvieille Shopping Centre. Here, a treasure trove of museums awaits. Dive into history at the Naval Museum, get a closer look at intricate designs at the Museum of Stamps and Coins, marvel at the majestic Cars Collection of the Prince of Monaco, and experience the wild at the Zoological Gardens.

As you exit the shopping center, easily transition into the bustling district of La Condamine. Elevators situated on the ground floor at the rear of the shopping mall will transport you straight to the port area. Once there, the lively Place d’Armes beckons with its fresh fruit and vegetable market in the mornings and numerous dining options.

Continue your journey as you stroll past the stores lining Rue Grimaldi, wander through the pedestrian-friendly Rue Caroline, and soak in the views at Port Hercule. To make your travel within the Principality smooth, remember that several bus lines (1, 2, 4, 6) have stops at the Quay, connecting you seamlessly to various districts. Happy exploring!

At Monaco, accessibility is a top priority. We are committed to promoting inclusive tourism for all and ensuring that visitors with disabilities have a memorable and enjoyable experience. We hope that this guide will help you plan

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