Monaco is the home of the uber wealthy, but it doesn't mean non-millionaires are excluded from the fun. While it is possible to drop thousands in the boutiques, restaurants, and casinos, it is also possible to end an amazing trip with your wallet intact
GETTING THERE: The Lignes d’Azur runs up and down the coast of the French Riviera. It is extremely affordable (only a few euros), and consistently runs throughout the day. The drawback is time. Your trip can be take up to a few hours depending on the time of day. If you want a quicker trip, take the train. A round trip can be as low as 15 to 20 euros, and it is much more efficient.
THE CITY: Start your day off with something free! The changing of the guards at the Prince’s Palace is a spectacle to be seen. This happens every day at 11:55am. After this, turn around to the ticket office behind you. You can buy a combo entrance ticket that gets you into the State Apartments and the Prince’s collection of antique cars for 11.5 euros. There is also an aquarium you can combo into that, but I chose the first option. After that, your day of exploration can be totally free: check out the yachts in the boat yards, pay respects to the resting place of Princess Grace at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, hit the pebble beaches on the coast, see (modern) cars that will blow you mind in Monte Carlo, walk around the Casino, window shop your day away- the list really is endless, despite being able to walk across this entire country in only a few hours.
EATING: Eating in Monaco can get pricey. I would check out the smaller grab and go eateries near the beaches, or find one of the lunch package options to save a few euros. Bring sandwiches and picnic on the beach. There are plenty of affordable options, just don’t settle for the first restaurants you come across. For a splurge lunch with great people watching, you can sit right in the middle of Monte Carlo at the Cafe de Paris. It's a tourist trap, but why not give into the glamour a bit!