Best known for its casinos and for turning the streets into a Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit once a year, Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco has a glamorous and wealthy image for decades and was once described as a "sunny place for shady people". Despite the wealth and high property prices, there are cheap Monte Carlo hotels to be found. If you're staying in Monte Carlo car hire is optional, as the Principality itself is small enough to walk around.

Hiring a car in Monte Carlo

If you wish to travel further afield, then car rental in Monte Carlo is easy, with most of the global companies represented in both the city and at the airport after your flight to Monte Carlo. In Monte Carlo car hire is available to drivers 18 or over and the Monte Carlo car hire companies will need to see a valid drivers licence. Remember to drive on the right and be aware that the blood alcohol limit for driving is just 0.05%.

Places to visit in Monte Carlo

The Grand Casino is the most famous sight in Monte Carlo but it's also worth visiting the Royal Palace, home of the ruling Grimaldi family, and the marina with its gleaming yachts and cruisers. The glamorous city of Nice is an easy drive away and boasts plenty more attractions.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Monte Carlo, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Monte Carlo. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Monte Carlo!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.