Driving in Monaco

An introduction to what you must (and must not) do when driving in Monaco, with details on speed limits, road rules and drink driving...

The minimum age in Monaco to drive a car is 18 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence and be 18 years or older. The minimum ages to ride varying sizes of scooters or motor bikes vary, beginning with mopeds (cyclomoteurs) of under 50cc where the age limit is 14 years subject to the conditions.

Rules and Regulations

  • Drive on the right
  • It is compulsory for all children up to 10 years to travel in the back seat of a car. Only adults and children from 10 years may sit in the front passenger seat
  • It is compulsory to carry a driving licence, car registration papers and insurance documents. (These must be the original documents; keep copies separately)
  • Third party insurance is compulsory
  • Driving with lights on by day is optional.

Warning triangle and safety jacket

A red warning triangle and a high-visibility waistcoat/vest should be kept inside a vehicle at all times. In the event of breakdown the driver should put on the safety jacket before leaving the vehicle, and then place the warning triangle 30 metres from the site of the breakdown to warn approaching traffic. Failure to carry these items when driving in France is punishable by a fine incurred per item not carried, so it may be convenient for motorists in Monaco to meet French specifications.

Speed Limits, Priority and Road Conditions

Speed limit within Monaco unless otherwise marked by signs is 50 Km/h.

Road conditions

Infotrafic (in French) is the official Monaco website for information on road and traffic conditions.

  • For real-time data on the traffic: Click here (in French)
  • For flash info on road works: Click here (in French)

Right of way/priority

The right of way at an intersection is automatically given to the vehicle on the right - la priorité à droite - unless otherwise indicated by stop or yield/give way signs. This applies even in the case of a small side road entering a major main road where the vehicle travelling on the main road must give way to the vehicle entering on the right. It also applies to traffic circles.

Using the Autoroute

The French motorway road system leading to Monaco - the A8 (Autoroute 8) - is toll-paying with the price of a toll shown at the entrance to the gates. Toll fees can be paid in cash, by credit card or via a subscription with the local toll company, Escota.

  • For information on an Escota subscription: Click here

Fuel: Petrol and Diesel

All fuel stations sell diesel (gazole) and unleaded petrol (essence) in 95 and 98 octane.

Drink Driving, DUI and DWI

The alcohol limits for drivers in Monaco are the same as France. It is measured either with a blood test or breathalyser. A driver is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol - driving drunk - if the blood/alcohol level is equal to or exceeds 0.5 grams per litre (g/l).