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Racing is in my blood. I love Formula 1 and I have already watched live races in Germany and Belgium. But I'm dreaming of the Monte Carlo GP.

The problem is - MONEY. So what's gonna be the cheapest way to see the Grand Prix weekend (Sa. + Sun.) live? The tickets are expensive enough (about 1000 EUR for 3 persons on the tribunes).

I think we will drive by car, flight tickets are too expensive on the race weekend. So we are looking for a hotel/hostel <100km from Monaco. Must we drive with the car to the circuit or is there a possibility to go by train or bus?

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It is worth noting that this is the most crowded week-end of the year on the french riviera: Monte Carlo GP takes place at the same time as the Cannes film festival. –  mouviciel Sep 25 '12 at 14:48
    
Yes, I know, but... F1 weekends are always very crowded :) The problem is that the airlines and the hotels are getting more expensive, and Monaco is already very expensive –  Dirty-flow Sep 25 '12 at 15:17
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Along the coast, there are trains, for example from Nice and area. The area is not that cheap either, but you can still try. The "ter" SNCF site has a map, and lists a train line along the coast until Cannes, which has pretty frequent trains. Prices are around 5-10 euros each way I would say.

There are also buses that are cheaper. On the cg06.fr site of the Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes it says the bus lines to Monaco are 100 and 100X, tickets are 1 euro each way.

By the way Nice is very nice city, worth visiting.

EDIT: I don't know how far the station is from the GP though, but I guess it's close enough (Monaco is not that big and stations are usually located downtown)

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There are hostels in Nice, and also in the even nicer Cannes, not so far away. Out of season these can be pretty cheap but it wouldn't surprise me if the prices go up for the formula one, and get booked out way in advance. I had the impression that when you come above ground from the station that you were pretty much in part of the harbour area and that part of the circuit goes right through that area. I could be wrong though since it was just a few hours over a decade ago, –  hippietrail Sep 21 '12 at 5:18
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yeah and to add up to @hippietrail comment, when you book hostel/hotel, pay attention to how far the station is. In this area they can easily be out of town –  Vince Sep 21 '12 at 13:02
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+1 for staying in Nice—there are many hostels and getting to Monaco is indeed very easy and cheap. But do book your accommodation way in advance for the GP weekend! –  Jonik Dec 18 '12 at 6:53
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