Trackside – 2021 Monaco Grand Prix

Detailed information and advice for your weekend at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, which is scheduled for May 20-23.

UPDATE: Up to 7,500 fans will be allowed to attend the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix on May 20, 22 and 23. Only 3,000 fans will be able to attend on May 21. In addition to valid tickets, fans will also need to provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 to be able to enter the circuit.

Monaco is the only circuit on the calendar to hold the first two Formula 1 practice sessions on Thursday, rather than Friday, which gives the weekend schedule a very different appearance. Circuit entry is free on Friday and whilst there’s no F1 action, it’s still worth going along for the Formula 2 feature race.

Monaco Circuit Entry

  • Given that the Monaco circuit is located on the cramped streets of a functioning city, access is a little different than at other F1 races. The circuit itself is closed to traffic and pedestrians each morning on Grand Prix weekend between 6-8am, then reopened after the on-track finishes, between 19:30-20:30 (apart from Friday when the track is opened earlier.)
  • Click here for the interactive map of Circuit de Monaco
  • When the track is closed, ten entry gates provide access. (See below for recommended entrance gates for each grandstand – sorry we don’t have a current map with the gate locations, but they are normally close to the grandstands). Inside the circuit, a series of bridges, walkways & tunnels provide access to the grandstands as well as bars, restaurants and hotels. Ample signage will help you find the way. Access to some bridges and tunnels is restricted to fans holding a ticket for the grandstands in that section.

2021 Monaco Grand Prix Schedule

A packed support schedule is planned for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Aside from the Formula 1 action, the biggest drawcard will be Formula 2, which stages three races over the weekend. The Porsche Supercup and Formula Regional by Alpine will also be on track throughout the weekend.

Thursday, May 20

  • 05:30: Track Closed
  • 08:30-09:20:
    Formula Regional by Alpine practice
  • 09:45-10:30:  Formula 2 practice
  • 11:30-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 13:20-14:00: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 17:15-18:00: Porsche Supercup practice
  • 19:30 Track Opens

Friday, May 21

  • 05:30 Track Closed
  • 07:55-09:03: Formula Regional by Alpine qualifying
  • 10:00-10:30: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 11:45-12:35: Formula 2 race one (42 laps or 60 mins)
  • 13:00-13:30: Alpine laps
  • 14:30: Track Opens

Saturday, May 22

  • 05:30: Track Closed
  • 08:30-09:20: Formula 2 second race (30 laps or 45 mins)
  • 10:15-10:50: Formula Regional by Alpine
    first race (30mins+ 1 lap)
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice 3 (FP3)
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 17:15-18:20: Formula 2 third race (40 laps or 60 mins)
  • 19:30: Track Opens

Sunday, May 23

  • 07:00 Track Closed
  • 10:30-11:05 Porsche Supercup race (17 laps or 30 mins)
  • 12:00-12:35: Formula Regional by Alpine second race (30 mins + 1 lap)
  • 13:10: Formula 1 Drivers’ Presentation
  • 15:00-17:00: 78th Grand Prix de Monaco (78 laps or 2 hours)
  • 20:30: Track Opens

Grandstands Entrance Gates

  • Gate 1: Le Rocher (General Admission)
  • Gate 2: Grandstands N, O, P, V
  • Gate 3: Grandstands T, X
  • Gate 4: Grandstand L
  • Gate 6: Grandstand K4-K6
  • Gate 7: Grandstands A, A1 and Z1
  • Gate 8/9: Grandstand B
  • Gate 10: Grandstand C

Free Friday!

Entry to the track and grandstands is FREE on Friday. There’s no F1 action, but all three support categories are on track in the morning. The highlight is the Formula 2 feature race, which begins at 11:30am. Get there early if you are keen to bag yourself a grandstand seat. The track is opened around 14:30, which is a good .opportunity to do a proper track walk.

Trackside Entertainment at the Monaco Grand Prix

The trackside atmosphere at Monaco is fantastic and there is plenty to do in the principality, particularly when the on-track action has finished for the day. The main fanzone (known as MGP Live) with interactive displays, big screen and more is located next to Place D’Armes. It’s definitely worth staying around after dark as Monaco comes alive on Grand Prix weekend with a great party scene, much of it on the streets. The main entertainment hub can be found in the Harbor area, where the best bars and restaurants, not to mention the super yachts, are located. Even if you don’t know the right people to get into the VIP parties, spending a few hours on Friday or Saturday night in Monaco is an experience not to miss. Make sure you don’t leave Monaco before you have had a drink at the famous La Rascasse bar on the corner of the same name near  the pits entrance. Read about Monaco’s best drinking spots.

Please note: The Pit Lane Walk and F1 Drivers’ autograph sessions are unlikely take place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This page will be updated when more information is available.

Monaco Grand Prix Pit Lane Walk

The Pit Lane Walk takes place on Friday afternoon after the track is opened at 14:30. Entry is from the pit exit on the main straight. It used to be easy enough to join the Pitlane Walk without a weekend ticket, but the organizers have recently tightened the entry requirements, so don’t forget to bring along your Saturday/Sunday tickets. It’s still possible you can get in without a weekend ticket, but we cannot guarantee it. As with everything at Monaco, there is not too much room in the Pit Lane and you can expect serious overcrowding, especially in front of the top teams’ garages and when the drivers are about.  If you don’t like overcrowded spaces, we recommend giving this particular activity a miss.

F1 Drivers’ Autograph Sessions

Autograph sessions and interviews with the drivers take place on Friday afternoon from 14:00-17:00 in the MGP Live Fanzone on Place d’Armes. Entry is FREE, no race ticket required.


It’s no problem to bring your own food and drinks into the circuit if you wish, but don’t bring any glass bottles. The quality and choice of trackside food stalls is not too bad in Monaco. Most grandstands have reasonably-priced catering stalls nearby. You’ll pay around €5-6 for a large beer and a similar amount for a baguette or similar. Don’t forget you are in a city, so supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and bars are located all around the circuit. If the Monaco prices are beyond your budget, there are cheaper places to each further from the action, especially ”over the hill’ in Fontvieille. Both temporary and permanent toilet facilities are also dotted around the circuit, though you’ll need to queue at peak times.

Monaco Grand Prix Parking

If you are staying with most other fans outside the principality, we recommend taking the train to Monaco on Grand Prix weekend. each day. If you do decide to drive yourself, then Thursday and Friday are the best days to do this, when there are less fans and less traffic. (We don’t recommended driving on the weekend.) There’s underground carparks aplenty close to the circuit, but it’s a good idea to pre-book to be sure of a space in your preferred location. We recommend parking at the Stade Louis II football stadium in the Fontvieille area of the principality (click here for map link). A day of parking costs around €20 and you shouldn’t have trouble finding a space, even on race day.

Been to the Monaco Grand Prix? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

128 thoughts on “Trackside – 2021 Monaco Grand Prix”

  1. Darren upward


    I’m attending the Grand Prix next week, is there an f1 village at the circuit or merchandise stands to buy team gear?



    1. Hi Darren, thanks for your question. There is not an actual F1 village at Monaco. The closest thing is at Place d’Armes, a square close to La Rascasse where there are various demos, a small stage etc and merchandise for sale. You will also find merchandise stalls on all the main roads close to the circuit (such as Rue Grimaldi, Rue Princesse Caroline). Some of them sell official team gear, others sell ‘Monaco style’ t-shirts etc. It’s no more expensive than at other circuits. Enjoy your weekend!

      1. HI There,

        what time does the track close on the 10th of May for the Monaco Eprix?

        i am working on a yacht and need to get my times right.

        kind regards

      2. Hi my family are attending the Grand Prix tomorrow in Monaco but I haven’t been able to get a ticket! Will Monaco itself be open to walk around as normal?

        1. Hi Kylie,
          Yes, you can still walk around. Some streets will be closed off for the race of course. Tickets for Thursday should be available on the day – around 70-80 EUR for a grandstand seat or maybe cheaper from a tout, but be careful about authenticity. Head to Place d’Armes, where there is the fan zone.

  2. Antonello Abela


    I will be attending to the Monaco GP 2016 together with my friend, any good tip re where we can meet drivers, ex-drivers, pundits etc apart from the Friday Pitlane Walkabout?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Antonello, lucky you. Monaco is a small place and if you keep your eyes open as you walk around, you will definitely run into famous F1 people all over the principality on Grand Prix weekend. If you want one particular spot, then you will see everyone if you hang around near the harbor next to the Rascasse corner (opposite side of the street from the bar of the same name). This is the main exit point for the paddock. Good luck!

    1. Hi Jeanne, the only official time when the drivers will be signing autographs is during the fan’s pitlane walk on Friday afternoon.

  3. Karla carter

    Hi I am going to Monaco this year for the first time. Will I need to take my small camping chairs as on previous Grand Prix

    1. Hi Karla, if you will be sitting in the Rocher (general admission) section, it would be worth taking along your small camping chairs. Many regulars in fact put their chairs in place several days before the weekend starts to make sure they get a good spot. Good luck!

  4. Hi.
    1. Do you know if with the Sunday ticket (race) I can see all the previous races (Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, GP2 Series, Renault Series 2.0)? I want to book a train ticket and I don`t know if I`m allowed to enter at ~9:00.
    2. Can I bring my own water and food (in a bag) on the circuit ?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Alex, yes you can see the support races on Sunday. Porsche Supercup and Renault Series 2.0 have races on Sunday morning (not GP2, unfortunately.) I suggest getting there as early as possible on race day! Yes, you can bring water and food (but make sure in a plastic bottle). It’s also a city, so there are supermarkets in and around the circuit where you can stock up cheaply. Have a great day!

  5. Hi,

    I have the ticket for Sunday but not for Saturday. Can I go to Monaco on Saturday after the qualifying ?

    Michael Han

    1. Hi Michael, the track is opened after the racing at 18:30 on Saturday. After this time, you will be free to enter and walk around. It’s a great opportunity to soak up some of the atmosphere and maybe even meet some drivers or famous people. Have a great time! If you are around on Friday, the track is opened from around 14:00.

      1. Hello what time does the track stay open on today as we are currently delayed at CDG and won’t arrive until 20:00 now instead of 18:00 :(

        1. Hi Emma, the track opens at 18:30 tonight and won’t close again until 07:00 tomorrow morning. You can enter the circuit area tonight till late. Enjoy!

  6. We live in south of France and are debating to take the train or drive ourselves tomorrow. What’s your advice?

    1. I don’t recommend trying to drive all the way to Monaco on race day. Instead, why don’t you go to one of the neighboring towns (Nice, Menton etc) and get a train from there. The earlier the better to miss the crowds and don’t be in a hurry to return right after the race. Enjoy the day!

      1. We are on a cruise stopping in Villefranche and wondered is it easy to get to the Grand Prix by train and back easily and if so are the trains really busy as we cannot miss the ship after the Grand Prix any advice you can give us please

        1. The trains can be pretty busy, but you should be able to get on. Make sure you buy your return ticket in advance, otherwise you would need to line up at the train station to buy tickets. Don’t do it if your ship leaves before 7pm – you will be worried the whole day about missing it, and won’t enjoy the race!

  7. Leon van Gasteren

    Great travel guide again! After my first vist in 2015 I wanted to return for a longer visit. We just booked tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix 2017 for saturday (tribune N) and sunday (Z1).

  8. Hi,

    Great to read a lot of tips. But I maybe I have a strange question. I cannot find anything on a map where toilets are. I have searched a lot but nothing to find.
    Can you tell me if there is one in the area nearbij grandstand T?

    1. Hi, don’t worry it’s not a strange question! All the grandstands at Monaco have portable toilets nearby – either individual portaloos, or larger portable buildings.

      1. Thanks for your answer. It will be the first time at monaco gp. Do you have any tips for taking with us to the circuit?

        1. Hi Esther, what to take to the circuit? Make sure you check the weather forecast and pack accordingly for rain/sun. It can get quite warm in the south of France in May, so hat/sunscreen is recommended. Also take along a spare battery for your camera and a phone charger – you will take more photos and use more battery life than you expect!

  9. Hello, we have tickets for Saturday for X2 Grandstand. Are we able to walk around e.g. the park in front of the casino or go up to the palace for some sightseeing during the day? Or does our ticket restrict us? Also, shall we pre buy train tickets from Nice or do we get them last minute? Thanks for your help

    1. Hi Dina! There are some restrictions in place on Saturday between 07:00-18:30. During that time when the track is closed, you won’t be able to Casino or some other places. But you can still get up to the palace, no problem. After 18:30 when the track is open, you can walk anywhere you want, apart from the paddock! It’s a good idea to pre-purchase tickets, especially for the return trip from Monaco. Otherwise it will take a little longer to queue up and buy them, but it’ not a big wait unless at real peak times. One more piece of advice – go on Friday if you can. Entrance is free to the grandstands, and there’s a good Formula 2 (ex-GP2) race on around midday. After that, they open the track in the afternoon at around 14:00; it’s a good time to do a track walk. Enjoy Monaco! Andy

  10. Hi, we have general admission Rocher tickets, are there any food/ bars in that area? Can we roam about onece we’re in or are we restricted to that area? Also is there much opportunity to buy better tickets outside.

    1. Hi Jo, as you are probably aware, the Rocher area is on the hill leading up to the castle. There are food/drink stalls nearby, especially at the bottom of the hill. Monaco is a city, so you can walk around quite a bit without restrictions, though you probably won’t be able to see the track from anywhere else. Buying better tickets? There are touts everywhere on GP weekend, but don’t hand over any money before you know exactly what you are getting.

  11. Hi! I have bought tickets for this year’s Thursday event. What time should I reach Monaco? I am coming from Cannes via train. And should I go back immediately after the races for the day are over or wait a few more hours for any extra events?

    1. Hello Akul. I would try and get to the track as early as possible. The F1 cars hit the track at 10:00, so be there for that! At the end of the day, it’s definitely a good idea to stay around and explore the streets. The track is open from 19:30 and you can walk around and explore. There’s also lots of nightlife and bars, a great atmosphere. Don’t forget that Friday is free as well, if you can make it. Have a great time!

      1. Can I access Thursday practices only with ticket? All are sold out on web, are there any more stationary tickets available? Thanks!

        1. You need a ticket if you really want to see something. It may be that tickets are not all sold out, but just not displaying for online purchase any more. I’d be very surprised if you cannot get a cheap ticket tomorrow, either from the ticket office (I think on or near Place d’Armes) or just from a tout.

  12. Wondering if you can help me, going to the Monaco Grand Prix with my husband and doing a pit walk on qualifying day. Done this 3 years ago and we had a lap around the track. When we went the year after they had stopped it complementary. I am just enquiring if you are still able to do this. (Doesn’t matter if there is a charge). This would be fantastic if you could help as it is my husbands 50th birthday.

    1. Hi Fiona, sounds like you had Paddock Club tickets? These are pretty expensive, but you do get daily pit walks. I’ll put you in touch with our ticket supplier in Monaco to discuss.

  13. Hi there, i require something quite special and was wondering if you would be able to assist? Good friends of ours are going to the Monaco F1, we are from SA and Friends for almost 20 years now. I would like to arrange something special for them if possible as it is a once in a lifetime experience. We were ourselves blessed to visit the indy 2011 motogp and managed to get a special tour of the Yamaha garage – i will never forget that experience. Is there any way for them to be able to visit a top team’s garage or be involved in a team experience through special access? Your assistance will be greatly appreciated as I would like to make their trip extra special with a surprise – iknow I’m shooting high but Ferrari, McLaren or Red Bull will be super awesome! Baie dankie!

  14. Hi

    We have tickets booked for Grandstand N on the Saturday only, just wondering do you need to arrive at a certain time, or are stands accessible throughout the day? We are happy to arrive early as want to make the most of it but wondering what the best time to get there would be and also if you can leave the stands and come back at any times?

    Also, we are staying in Nice and considering booking private transportation, it is quite expensive, and wondering is it worthwhile or are we likely to just be stuck in traffic?

    1. Hi Sarah, grandstand N is a good choice. I would aim to get there for around 9am, in time for the first Formula Renault race. You can come and go from the stands during the day, no problem. From Nice, your best bet is to take the train – the only tip is to buy your tickets ahead of time if possible (even the day earlier). That will save you lining up to buy tickets, especially when returning from Monaco. And don’t be in a hurry to go back at the end of the day. The track opens at 18:30; you can then do a track walk or just explore, and have a few drinks in the harbor. Enjoy!

  15. Frederick Jensen

    Hi, Thank you for great information about F1 in Monaco!
    I’ve got tickets for Grandstand K4 on saturday and I’m also going on friday.

    On friday I’m looking forward to the pitlane walk for fans. When does it start/end? what are the chances of getting an autograph from one of the drivers? do you know the F1 teams’ garage allocation? (would be great to see some kind of map)

    1. Hi Frederick, the pitlane walk begins from around 14:30 on Friday, when the track opens. You enter from the pits exit, so you start with the ‘slower teams,’ where there will be less fans and more chance of an autograph. By the time you get to the end with the ‘fast teams’ it gets pretty crowded and you will have less chance of getting an autograph (and more chance of getting crushed). If you are really keen to get a particular driver’s autograph, then try to be one of the first in line and hang out in front of his team’s garage. Good luck!

  16. My wife and I are going and I have been trying to find out if SLR cameras with removable lens are prohibited. Is there someplace I can find the list of prohibited items that cannot be brought into the stands? We have tickets by the “pool” and if we can bring in our camera gear we want to.

    1. Hi Herb, sorry but I don’t have a list of prohibited items for the grandstands at Monaco. You should be fine with your SLR camera, provided the lens is smaller than 400mm. You also shouldn’t bring in any glass bottles or anything obviously dangerous, but that’s common sense. Andy

  17. Hi

    You mentioned that the entrance for the pit lane walk is the pit exit. What is the best way to get there so as to get to the head of the queue?



    1. Hi Neil, I am not 100% sure, but this is directly behind the K grandstand. So I would suggest going near the back of the K grandstand, there should be an entrance on to the track and to line up for the pitlane walk. Good luck!

  18. Hi

    We went to the Monaco GP last year.
    All day friday was an open track with no activity and cost nothing to get in and you get the vibe and can walk the track and stop at the temporary bars that spring up.
    However there appears to be races on the friday so is entry free ? Will they still have the bars spring up ?


    1. Hi Anton, maybe you went last year on Friday afternoon? There’s always on-track action in the morning on Friday, including the F2 (ex-GP2) feature race. Entry is free, including the grandstands (but the smaller ones do get full, so get there early.) The track is opened from around 14:30, then you are free to do a track walk and go for a beer near the harbor. Enjoy!

  19. Hi,

    thanks for your info! It was an excellent source when I attended Montreal in 2014.

    Going to Monaco Thursday. When the track re-opens in the evening, can we drive our rental vehicles onto the circuit? Or is that evening completely packed with pedestrians doing the track walk?


    1. Hi, thanks for the compliment! You should be fine, but be aware there could be lots of traffic right after the circuit opens. Best to wait an hour at least after the track opens before you leave if possible. More people do the trackwalk on Friday afternoon, so I don’t think this will be a cause of delays.

  20. hi Im coming on sunday for the race
    grandstand k – thinking of arriving around 11am. How do you get to the grandstand from the train station – is there an underpass –

    thanks for this site


    1. Hi Tony, you will find the way, it’s well signposted. The train station is actually right up on the hill above Ste Devote, which is not far from grandstand K. There’s lifts/escalators to get down the hill, then an underpass under the track to get to K. It should take you around 20 minutes, unless there are delays from too much foot traffic.

  21. Hi,

    We are attending the Grand Prix on Sunday and from what you said if we decided to drive from Cannes we should be able to find a parking spot at the football stadium even on race days ?



    1. You should be ok getting a park at the football stadium on race day, but worth getting there fairly early (before 10am if possible) to be sure. And don’t let your GPS try to take you through the center of Monaco!

  22. Hi,

    How is the accessability (how to get to) of the hotellobby of the Fairmont after the tracks closes down (07 am – 07pm). How do I get from the K Grandstands at Quai to the Fairmont. The only way, it seems the Fairmont has a second entrance at the back of the Casino de Monaco because the Av. des Spelugues and de Blv. Louis II seems to completely been closed down.

  23. What would be the best way to get to Nice airport after the race on Sunday? I can already buy a ticket online for Monaco Express Bus #110 but I’m just wondering whether their normal service would be affected on race weekend? Does anything much happen once the F1 race has finished or is there immediately a mad rush to leave the stands? Many thanks :)

    1. Hi Sarah, the bus is a good bet and I don’t think will be too affected by the race. What time does your flight leave? I suggest no earlier than 20:00. It’s nice to not be in a hurry after the race. You can walk the track and take in the atmosphere.

  24. Hello! We are planning on going to Monaco GP in 2018, we have never been to a GP before. What king of tickets and in which spot would you recomend for first timer fans on a €500 budget per person? Thx.

    1. Hi Rosetta, if you are planning on going for the whole weekend, then 500 EUR per person is not such a high budget for Monaco; the tickets are expensive as you know. If I was going all three days on your budget, then I would choose different tickets for each day: Grandstand K on Thursday (80 EUR), Grandstand T Upper on Saturday (268 EUR) and Rocher General Admission on Sunday (110 EUR). The views from Rocher are not that great, but you will still be there. If you are just going on Sunday, then you have a good choice of grandstands within your budget. Enjoy your first race!

  25. Hello Andy, are there toilets near the places of Le Rocher? My wife and I have almost 70 and we go in 2018 from Argentina. Saturday in Grandstand N and Sunday in Le Rocher. Some tips to keep in mind please?

    1. Hi Luis, that sounds like an awesome trip from Argentina to Monaco. I really don’t remember toilets at Le Rocher, but there must be some for all the fans. It’s not that comfortable there, but you should be ok. Try and get there early for a good spot on race day!

      1. thanks Andy! If I do not decide to spend more money, I’ll tell you how I went with the Toilets in Le Rocher!

  26. Hi Andy,do you need a general access ticket to a
    Gain admission to cafe de paris.

    We are planning to watch from the terrace. We did this last year but cannot for the life of us remember if we used the general admission tickets

    1. Hi Lola, if you book in advance with Cafe de Paris, I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you about access. You shouldn’t need an additional ticket (General Access tickets are not really even sold for Monaco), but you will need to find out about access, as the Cafe is inside the circuit.

  27. In June, 2018 we will be in Monaco for a day trip from Nice. Will we be able to “walk the Grand Prix track” and see the pits from the start/finish area off Rue Louis Notari? Is there any viewing access along the track?
    thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Fran, you will be able to walk the Grand Prix track in Monaco. These are just regular city streets when the Grand Prix isn’t happening, so you can walk pretty much around the whole track, including Casino Square, the tunnel, swimming pool area etc. Enjoy!

  28. Brother and I are going to the race. Our wives just to Monaco..any Ideas as to what they can do to enjoy the city during the race? Will they need ear protection

    1. No ear protection needed any more really, the cars are not so loud. As to what to do for your wives, be aware that much of the city is closed off when the racing is on. But just over the hill in Fontvieille everything is easy to access. They can also go up to the Old City and do a Palace tour on top of the hill overlooking Monaco. Maybe your wives also want to spend at least one day in Nice when you are at the track, lots to do there.

  29. Dear Editor,

    your information is very useful. Thank you!

    I have a ticket for Saturday on stand K and plan to arrive by train from Sanremo. Do you think, it’s too late to arrive at the station at 11:39 h to see the start of the practise at 12:00 h?

    Do they give seats away, if one doesn’t arrive early?

    Are there enough toilets at stand K or is there always waiting time for the ladies?

    Best wishes


    1. Hi Stephanie, I think you should arrive earlier, around 10am. It will take around 20-30 minutes to get from the train station at the top of the hill down to your seat in Grandstand K. (Don’t worry, there are lifts!) They won’t give away your seat. If someone is sitting there, just ask them politely to move, or get the usher to help. Every grandstand has toilets behind it, but I can’t guarantee you won’t have to wait.

  30. Thanks for the great write up:

    My friend and I are touring Europe on a shoestring and have tickets for the GP (Rocher section). We are traveling in a camper van. Would it be wiser to park it in Nice and take the train or to drive it to Monaco on Sunday? I’ve read that for a good seat you must be there at 4/5 am? I’ve looked at the trains and the earliest departs at 5:30. Would this be early enough for us to still get a good view of the track? Cheers!

    1. Hi Max, I’ve never experienced Rocher on a race day, but I imagine it gets extremely packed early. Lots of people come every year, so they will know all the tricks to reserve the best spots. Everyone else just needs to fight for a good position. I think if you are leaving really early, you could drive your campervan and park somewhere in Monaco, or nearby. Check out the interactive map on the ACM site, you can search for parking near the circuit. Just don’t be in a hurry to leave at the end of the day. Enjoy the atmosphere and let the traffic die down!

  31. I plan on being in Monaco for the whole day and will have a hard time making it back to my hotel in Nice. Are backpacks allowed in the grandstands (section N)? Are cameras (DSLRs non pro no tripod) allowed? I have a vacuum thermos I wanted to use for water, is that allowed?

  32. Hi,Editor!
    Thank you for helping us about Monaco gp.

    I’m going to go to Monaco gp. I have only Sunday tickets. on Saturday I’m thinking of qualifying on the screen of the bar in Monaco.
    Could you tell me good bar to watch qualifying in Monaco?

    1. Hi Yuka, most of the bars I know in Monaco you will need a race ticket to enter. But I am sure there are many more. Perhaps nearby Place d’Armes, or across the hill in Fontvieille. Just walk around where you can, I’m sure you will find a good one.

  33. Attending Grand Prix Sunday, but have 8pm flight booked! Will I make it and is my best option the bus or train? Also will I be able to take my bag with me? I’ve heard some tracks don’t allow bags.

    1. Hi Chris, your flight departs too early. If there is any way to get a later flight, then do it. You won’t enjoy the race if you are worried about missing your flight. If you are flying from Nice, then I’d say you would even have to leave as soon as the race finishes to make it. Even then, you will hit peak time with other fans leaving the circuit and big queues/traffic. If you’ve only got a backpack, you should be fine. Otherwise, I suggest leaving it at the train station in Monaco; I’m pretty sure you can rent a locker there.

  34. Unfortunately I have no choice for a later flight! Do you think my exit would be quicker on the train? I’m in grandstand L

  35. Hi! We have tickets for Sunday and would line to see the qualifyers on Thursday. Do we have access to General admission/Rocher Thursday with our Sunday tickets?

    1. No you don’t. You need to buy separate tickets for Thursday. Cheapest Thursday ticket is Z1 for 54 EUR, or grandstands for around 80 EUR. You can go on Friday for free however. There’s no F1, but there is the Formula 2 feature race.

  36. Hi,
    I’m looking to attend on Sunday final race with friends, five in total but lame rocher tickets are sold out is there anyway possible of getting into the city and close enough to watch a screen without a ticket?

  37. Hi, I am attending with my husband on Sunday. Please can you advise what to wear for ladies ?
    Thank you

  38. Hello,

    We’re getting into Monaco on Friday afternoon. Is the pit lane open for ticket holders as we can’t see any information on the official race website? If so, what happens then? Can you see garages, drivers etc.?

    Thanks, Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah, the Pit Lane Walk is not mentioned in the schedule this year, but there is a Drivers’ Autograph Session listed as running from 3pm to 4:30pm on Friday afternoon. This will surely take place in the pitlane. You should be able to see what’s happening in the pits, but the crowds can be very big and the path down the pitlane is very narrow. Not recommended if you don’t like crowds, and the top drivers will have the biggest crowds of course. Don’t forget to bring your weekend ticket to gain entry.

  39. Hi, any news on the train strikes over the race weekend? I am relying on travelling from Nice on Friday & Sunday.

  40. Konstantin Zherebnenkov

    Hi there, question, are small strollers allowed in grandstands? We are sitting in O section. And wondering if our stroller would be allowed in. Thank you.

  41. Hi there!

    I love your prompt replying!!

    Thanks so much in advance – we are looking to take our dog to the race. Either grandstand P or the rocher.

    A) are dogs allowed?
    B) is it just too loud for dogs, does anyone do it?!

    Thanks so much!


  42. Stephen De Witt

    Hi .. Q for 2019 Monaco Race: Is it possible on either or all 3 days Thursday / Saturday or Race day to walk up and buy a day GA ticket? My wife & 1 will have been travelling for about 5 weeks leading into the race with no option for mail ticketing receivable? Cheers Stephen Melbourne, Australia

    1. G’Day Stephen, tickets normally sell out in advance. It’s a much better idea to buy your tickets online in advance and choose the option to collect them at the track. Our ticket agency Gootickets has this option. I recommend the Z1 General Admission zone over Rocher, but Z1 is already sold out for race day. Saturday tickets in Z1 are on sale for 99 EUR at present.

  43. Good evening.
    I have general admission tickets in Z1 at Tabac.
    Hard to see from pics where best to aim to sit, any advice?

    1. Well, you don’t sit in Z1 – it’s standing only. There are plenty of small platforms in the area – I guess the best ones are the closest to the Tabac corner. I haven’t been there on race day, but I’d say that people probably get there early to reserve the best vantage points.

  44. Hi! What are the fees for the autograph sessions? Is there a good chance you won’t be able to get a particular autograph due to crowds?


    1. No fee for the session – you can go if you have a weekend ticket. But this is Monaco, and the autograph session is not the best place to get autographs. It can get crowded and you may not get close for the big drivers The entrance to the F1 Paddock is a better place to hang out. Or you can just walk around the harbor and city – keep your eyes open, as drivers can be walking around at any time. Don’t forget, this is home for many of them!

  45. Hi there,
    I am lucky enough to be going this year. Sitting in Z1 at Tabac.
    What would the dress code be? I have heard that shorts are frowned upon?
    Chinos and a polo?

    1. Hi Adam, I think dress codes only really apply to hospitality suites and terraces. If you are in Z1 or the grandstands, you can wear what you like. Make it comfortable and check the weather forecast!

  46. Stuart Thomason

    Hi there,
    I’m going to the Grand prix 2019, and can’t wait,
    I have a list of things I would like to do, the Casio,
    The La rascasse bar and the chance to meet some drivers, can you recommend anything else and what times would be best to do these?

  47. Hi there
    i am planning to attend the F1 in Monaco in 2020.
    we are looking to use an travel agent to book an experience for the whole weekend. May you recommend any in Australia.

  48. Hi!
    My husband and I are attending Monaco GP this year and we’re wondering whether there is radio commentary coverage/channel during the race that I can tune my fm radio into? I know there are speakers (we will be in grandstand K) but at other races, it has not been very easy to hear.

  49. Hi, we are attending the Monaco GP this year (2 adults, 2 kids) got Le Rocher tickets. We are aiming to get there for around 8am, is this early enough? Also can you buy camping chairs at the GP?
    Any other advice appreciated.

    1. Hi Sarah, to be honest I think you will struggle to get a good view arriving at 8am. The regulars will have worked out elaborate ways to secure the best vantage points earlier in the weekend actually. I’ve not watched the race from Le Rocher, but the feedback isn’t great. Don’t want to spoil it for you, I do sincerely hope you have a good experience. Don’t forget that if it gets too much at Le Rocher, you can head just down the hill to Place d’Armes and watch the race there on the big screen.

  50. Very useful website and extremely kind of you to answer all of the questions ??

    Would you also be able to help me? I have a flight at 8.40pm on Saturday from Nice. Do you think I’ll be able to make it after quali which finishes at around 4pm?

    Is train from Gare du Monaco the fastest choice do you think?


  51. I have train tickets to go to Monaco on Sunday but don’t have tickets for any grandstands etc. Is it possible to watch the race from anywhere free of charge or are we wasting our time even going up there?

    1. You can watch the race from the fan zone in Place d’Armes. They have a big screen. Good atmosphere, but you won’t actually see the cars on the track.

  52. Nicholas Larson

    Hey Hey!

    My Wife and I are attending the Monaco Grand Prix 2020 and we are super pumped to be part of the action! We have tickets for Z1 on Sunday. We are staying in Nice and plan on taking the train in the morning. I have a few questions that would require your experience and expertise if you would please sir?

    1) The earliest train from Nice leaves at 0520, should we take that train into Monaco? Or could we take a train say at or around 0700?
    2) What time do the gates open for the Monaco Grand Prix? What time should we plan on being there to get a good spot near the Tabac corner?
    3) My Wife and I plan on dressing comfortably for the weather conditions that day. If we plan to go do up the after party scene (which we absolutely will do!) say at La Rascasse or other clubs, are there lockers where we could store some nicer clothing near Z1?

    Any and all help is much appreciated good sir!

    Thanks you in advance!


    1. Hi Nicholas,
      1) I don’t think you need to take the earliest train. 7am sounds much more civilised!
      2) The times when the track closes to traffic each morning (in this post!) can be considered the gate opening times.
      3) Nowhere that I know of to store your stuff during the day, sorry.

  53. Hi,monaco 2020 will be my 1st f1 race ive been too. Going with a package tour company, can you tell me please i have a ticket for the Rocher de monaco standing only,would i still get a good view of the race or would you advise i get a better viewing ticket.

    1. Hi Ian, assume you are talking about 2021! I’d recommend getting a better ticket. Rocher is a long way from the action and also uncomfortable – you are essentially standing on the side of a hill, and battling others for a view (many who go every year and know how to reserve the best spots etc). If you can get Z1 standing area, go for that. Much closer to the action.

  54. Hi,

    Coming from Níce, do you know the COVID restrictions from France to Monaco?

    Thanks in advance,


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