Going to the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix at Monte-Carlo
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- 28th March 2017, 20:06 at 8:06 pm #338736Fugare1 EdParticipant
The grandstands are quieter but the pit lane isn’t!11th April 2017, 18:23 at 6:23 pm #339768
Hi, can anyone tell me, we are going to Monaco this year but hadn’t planned to go on the Thursday . My wife is a novice and realise practice was on Thursday. I’m not unduly worried but we were thinking of going along around 4 o’clock that afternoon to soak up the atmosphere. Q will be able to access the circuit without a Thursday ticket at that time on the Thursday as I notice that the circuit doesn’t open until 1930.
Thank you, any advice gratefully accepted
Nige.15th April 2017, 13:12 at 1:12 pm #340010Fugare1 EdParticipant
You’ll be able to walk around and soak up he atmosphere at that time but there will be areas that are still off limits. You will be able to get onto the grandstands at some point and onto the track once it reopens, which is generally before 19.00.
Ed15th April 2017, 13:26 at 1:26 pm #340013AnonymousInactive
Head to La Rascase for a drink or really anywhere around the swimming pool area. Cheap(ish) beer or other drinks and its really does turn into a party on the track.
Some are aware a race is on, others dont really care, but you won’t atmosphere anywhere else in the world 🏁🏎😜🐕15th April 2017, 20:58 at 8:58 pm #340124
Thanks guys, any other tips or info gratefully received.
Nige.15th April 2017, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #340126FrantonParticipant
So I’ll be attending the practice and qualifying on the Saturday. This will be my first F1 race meeting.
I understand about the weather and the ear protection and I’ve planned accordingly. How do you get from the train station to Grandstand P by foot? Are there any shortcuts? I can’t find any real info on what streets are blocked off during the day.16th April 2017, 8:03 at 8:03 am #340128Caroline MilesParticipant
Unfortunately there are no short cuts anywhere during the race weekend. Due to it being a street circuit access is very restricted. The grandstands are signposted in the station and as you come out as well.16th April 2017, 19:50 at 7:50 pm #340194FrantonParticipant
Thank you Caroline. As long as there’s instructions somewhere to get around, should be ok. I’m more concerned for my friend and her toddler walking around the streets. (I’ve made sure they’ve got ear protection before anyone says anything).19th April 2017, 19:30 at 7:30 pm #340722Alex greenParticipant
Booked up today.Staying in Nice and st devote on saturday(a) and Rascasse (v)<br /> on sunday
For those looking for directions its really easy to find your way around,basically if your in a stand in Monaco(swimming pool,rascasse,harbour) head down the hill from the train statiion or if your up at casino just head for monte carlo but it really isnt that much of a walk<br />
Best advice i can give to anyone attending for the first time is to hang around until they open the track and join in or soak up the party atmosphere.Beer is really cheap in supermarkets20th April 2017, 17:03 at 5:03 pm #340742
Thanks Alex, we are staying in Eze, so not too far to travel in. What’s the best time to arrive each day do you think? I was thinking of getting a train around 6 each morning. Thanks21st April 2017, 5:08 at 5:08 am #340754RorParticipant
Hello, going for the first time and wondering about buying ear defenders with radio capabilities. Is there a local radio station we can tune into to hear commentary in English? Or should I opt for the Bluetooth capable ear defenders that can be tethered onto my phone to listen to commentary via app? Any other options for rent as well while there? Thank you.21st April 2017, 14:44 at 2:44 pm #340764AnonymousInactive
Nige- the action starts at 10ish so a 6am start is a tad early but will get you there, but maybe get another hours sleep. You will need it.
As Caroline says there are no shortcuts. The train station comes out above St Devot (1st corner) so head down the many stairs and just follow directions.
There is very little crime in Monaco but pick pockets are all around the train station. We had no issue but just be aware, they are about.
Food and drink in Monaco can be as cheap or expensive as you like. We stayed 10 days last year and if you picked you spots prices are fine, if not it’s not – check a menu on the way in.
You won’t need ear plugs except for a young child. Soak up the sound and enjoy but if under say 8 or 9 then get some.
Not sure on commentary, sorry. Ed?
Do a pub crawl – Hermatige, hair pin, casino – we walked the track and done a beer at each iconic place. It’s awesome BUT that wont be cheap. It’s hard to pay $13AUD for a beer but when you are overlooking Monaco hairpin, well, that’s ok. 🏁
Enjoy, it’s simply awesome 🏎21st April 2017, 21:04 at 9:04 pm #340767
Thanks for the advice Evil, it’s just the two of us so no little ones to worry about. I’m a seasoned race goer to the British Grand Prix , this year in fact will be my 43rd visit without missing one so I’m definitely used to the noise. Just cannot wait for Monaco, a life long dream is finally coming true.<br />
Thanks again for all the tips , if you think of any more please let me know.</p>
<p>Nige22nd April 2017, 8:07 at 8:07 am #340770Alex greenParticipant
6am is a bit early ,i usually aim to be in monaco for about 9ish and that still gives me plenty of time to grab a coffee and a croissant before taking my seat before the days action starts,unless you are in sector rocher (general admission)
Theres a street with plenty bars/cafes that are good for lunch/drinks in between sessions aswell.Really easy to find,you will probably walk past it on the way to your stand but you may have to leave a few minutes early when the support action is on to get a seat/table22nd April 2017, 8:44 at 8:44 am #340771RorParticipant
Thanks for the advice Homer. One more thing please, where’s a good place to party on Thursday? (We’re in our early 30s if that helps narrow things down) We’ll be around the Fairmont. Much appreciated
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