During the days leading to the Monaco Grand Prix, hundreds of tourists flock to Monte Carlo. Monaco has a population of around 31,000 people. The number swells to more than 200,000 on the actual race weekend. Qualifying races are held on Thursday. Circuit roads are closed from as early as 7 am. During the race, visitors are not allowed to walk on the circuit or access the port and pit areas. However, you can do so on Friday afternoon when there are no races. This is also the only time during which you can also take photos of the pits.
Bus and shuttle companies still operate on racing weekends. The only thing is that routes are restricted and most roads are congested. You had better walk, just like most visitors do. If you would like to take a walk around the Circuit de Monaco, Friday afternoon and Saturday evening are the best times. Monaco gets into party mode on Saturday evening. After an enjoyable day out in the sun and on spectator stands, plan to be part of the sundowner. Most importantly, remember to bring your tickets along. Otherwise, you will miss out on the race.
Your stay at Monaco need not be expensive. You can still manage on a small budget. Food stalls run by local charities and volunteers provide soft drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. With prices controlled, you need not worry about buying your favorite drink at an outrageous price. On the other hand, even though restaurant menus are restricted, the service is fast. There are no restrictions on photography. Visitors are allowed to take as many photos as they like. Security is also tight but you need to keep your camera and smart phone with you all the time.
Carrying of food to the spectator stands is allowed. It is highly recommended that you avoid using glasses and glass bottles. Carry ear defenders and ear plugs as it can get very loud especially if this is your first Grand Prix event you have ever attended. If you have a Sunday ticket, you may be allowed admittance into the pits on a Friday. This, however, is subject to confirmation. You can double check with your online ticketing site or vendors at the booths. While Monaco enjoys fair weather between April and August, it would help to keep an eye on the weather.
If the predictions are that it will be hot, carry a hat and sun cream. In case there are signs it might rain, a poncho (wrap coat) would be most appropriate. For additional comfort at the spectator stands, carry a seat cushion. Visitors can also rent miniature TVs. With one of this, you can follow the race by listening to commentaries, enjoy replays and view statistics. When the streets reopen, take the chance and walk the circuit. Dance the night away with music from one of the numerous DJs. There are tables where you can sit and enjoy dinner or have some drinks. Your trip to the Monaco Grand Prix 2015 will surely count.