Driving in France and Monaco (2022)

Whether planning a road trip through mainland Europe or simply exploring the beautiful country itself, many British drivers will find themselves needing to drive to France from the UK at some point on their holiday.

When planning a trip in your car, it’s important to make sure you’re fully aware of the rules for driving in France and how they differ from the UK. It’s also a good idea to ensure that you prepare for any unexpected eventualities that could happen by purchasing AA European Breakdown Cover before you go.

Our comprehensive guide will take you through some of the laws for driving in France, covering everything you need to know, from required documents to general road rules and information about fuel, parking and fines.

In this article:

Important information
Road rules
Speed limits
Traffic lights
Seat belts
Drink-driving
Mobile phones and laptops
Lights
Tyres
Motor insurance
Fines
Parking
Electric vehicles
Riding a motorcycle
Towing a caravan or trailer
Tolls
Roadside assistance

Driving in France and Monaco (1)

Important information for driving in France

What documents and items do I need to drive in France?

There are certain documents that you need to carry with you in your car when driving in France. If you do not carry these documents (and follow other legal requirements listed below), you may receive heavy on-the-spot fines, and your vehicle may be confiscated.

  • A valid UK driving licence. The legal age to drive in France is 18, and you must have a full, valid driving licence. If you’re hiring a car, you must be over 21 and have had your licence for at least one year. Drivers under 25 renting a car will also be charged a young drivers surcharge. You don’t need to carry an additional International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • An up-to-date passport. Every occupant of the vehicle, including driver and passengers, must carry an up-to-date passport. Your passport must be:
    • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
    • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’). If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

You must check that your passport meets these requirements before you travel.

  • Vehicle insurance documents. All UK vehicle insurance provides the minimum third party cover to drive in France.
  • V5 registration log book (or a VE103 document for rented vehicles).
  • There are also other items you will need to have in your vehicle when driving in France. These are:

    • A UK sticker. On 28th September 2021, the GB sticker requirement was changed to a UK sticker. This means that GB stickers are no longer valid. If your number plate has a Union Flag with ‘UK’ under it on a blue background (or green for EVs), then you can drive in Europe. If not, you will need a UK sticker.
    • Reflective jackets for each occupant. These must be accessible without exiting the car.
    • A warning triangle. This is compulsory for vehicles with four or more wheels. If you’re on a motorbike, you don’t need this.
    • Headlamp beam deflectors. In the UK headlamps are aligned to the left, which is an issue when driving at night in France as this means they shine into oncoming traffic. Beam deflectors can correct this.
    • Crit’Air sticker. Your car needs to display a Crit'Air sticker when driving in low emission zones. See below for more information on low emission zones.
    • Winter tyres or snow chains. These are required during winter in certain regions of France. See our winter tyre requirements section below for more information.

    If you’re on a motorbike, you’ll also need a safety helmet for you and any passengers, with reflective helmet stickers for driving at night.

    Low emission zones and clean air stickers

    Since January 2017, certain areas of France have required all vehicles to display a ‘clean air’ windscreen sticker – also called a Crit’Air vignette – to identify their emissions levels and potentially restrict access. Vehicles with lower emissions are given preferential parking and traffic conditions, whereas those with high emissions may be denied entry into the zone completely.

    You can check which cities and regions require a Crit’Air vignette and order from the official website here. It costs just £3.60, and could save you an on-the-spot fine of up to €135.

    Crit'Air categories
    • Green – Crit’Air E (electric and hydrogen vehicles, no emissions)
    • Purple – Crit’Air 1 (gas and rechargeable hybrid vehicles)
    • Yellow – Crit’Air 2 (Euro 5 and Euro 6 vehicles)
    • Orange – Crit’Air 3 (Euro 4 vehicles)
    • Burgundy – Crit’Air 4 (Euro 3 vehicles)
    • Dark Grey – Crit’Air 5 (Euro 2 vehicles)

    Some vehicles are ineligible for these stickers, including cars registered before January 1997 and motorbikes or scooters registered before June 2000. Ineligible vehicles can’t be driven at all in low emission zones.

    Each zone sets its own minimum sticker requirement for entry. For example, from 2022, all cars driving in Paris need to display at least a Crit'Air 2 sticker. Older petrol and diesel cars are banned from central Paris between 8am and 8pm unless displaying at least a Crit'Air sticker 3.

    Permanent low-emission zones (ZCR)

    Permanent low-emissions zones have permanent restrictions in place which limit access for certain vehicles depending on their Crit’Air vignette. All vehicles wanting to travel through these areas need to display a sticker.

    Current ZCRs in France include Grenoble, Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nice and Toulouse, but new cities can be added at any time so make sure to always check before you travel.

    Emergency low emission zones (ZPA)

    Emergency low emissions zones are temporary restrictions, activated in certain locations due to dangerous pollution levels.

    These areas are generally larger than permanent zones, and all vehicles must display a vignette when passing through.

    Road rules in France

    What is the legal age to drive in France?

    The legal driving age in France is 18 years old, and all drivers need a full and valid driving licence. If you’re under 18 you’re legally not allowed to drive in France, even if you have a valid licence.

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    What side of the road do I drive on in France?

    All traffic in France drives on the right-hand side of the road, not on the left like the UK. If you hire a car, the driver’s seat will be on the left side of the car.

    Who has priority?

    When driving on a main road – N roads and D roads – you’ll have priority over all other traffic entering from side roads. Priority roads are marked with a yellow diamond sign.

    When not on a priority road, for example if you’re driving on a smaller rural road, Priorité à Droite generally applies – this means you must give way to traffic approaching from your right, unless indicated by road signs.

    At signed roundabouts bearing the words "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage", traffic on the roundabout has priority. When these signs are not present, traffic entering the roundabout has priority.

    Make sure you always give way to vehicles with sirens and flashing lights, like ambulances.

    How do I overtake?

    Generally, as vehicles drive on the right, they should overtake on the left. However, if traffic is in lanes, motorists may overtake on the right of slower moving lanes

    When overtaking a bicycle, you must leave a distance of at least 1 metre in built-up areas and 1.5 metres outside of built-up areas between your vehicle and the bicycle.

    Never overtake a stationary tram when passengers are boarding or getting off.

    Speed limits in France

    All speed limits (and distances) in France are in kilometres and metres, as France uses the metric system.

    • Motorways: 130 km/h (around 80 mph); 110 km/h (around 68 mph) in rainy conditions.
    • Dual carriageways: 110 km/h (around 68 mph); 100 km/h (around 62 mph) in rainy conditions.
    • Main roads: 80 km/h (around 50 mph); 70 km/h (around 43 mph) in rainy conditions.
    • Built-up areas, like towns and cities: 50 km/h (around 31 mph), unless otherwise indicated.
    Speeding fines in France

    The standard fine for breaking the speed limit in France is €135, though this amount can vary depending on how far over the limit you were driving.

    If you’re caught speeding more than 50 km/h over the limit, you’ll have your licence and vehicle confiscated on the spot.

    Since the UK's departure from the European Union, EU countries can no longer write to or send fines to UK drivers for offences caught on camera, such as speeding. However, exceeding the speed limit could still result in an on-the-spot fine and other serious repercussions, as well as endangering your safety and the safety of others.

    Speed camera detectors

    All devices capable of detecting speed cameras and alerting drivers of their location are illegal in France. This includes radar detectors and satellite navigation systems warning of the presence of speed cameras or radars. If you’re caught with one in your car, even if you’re not using it, you could face a fine of up to €1,500.

    Additionally, road signs indicating the location of fixed speed cameras are largely being removed, and additional fixed speed cameras are being installed. It’s therefore even more important to pay attention to your speed and stay within the limits.

    Traffic lights in France

    France uses green, amber and red lights like the UK, however the meaning of the lights may differ slightly.

    A red light means stop and a green light means go, however there is no amber light when transitioning from red to green.

    A flashing amber light means slow down, or proceed but give way to vehicles on the right. A flashing red light means no entry, or indicates a level crossing or exit used by emergency vehicles.

    If a red light is shown with a yellow arrow, then drivers may turn in the direction of the arrow but must give priority to vehicles travelling in that direction and pedestrians.

    Driving through a red light in France can lead to a fine of up to €300 if you’re caught.

    Seat belt rules in France

    Seat belts must always be worn at all times when driving in France, by adults and children in both the front and back seats. It’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure that any passengers under the age of 18 are wearing their seat belt correctly.

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    In certain older cars that aren’t fitted with seat belts in the back seats, rear passengers may be exempt.

    The standard fine for not wearing a seatbelt in France is €135.

    Child seat regulations in France

    Children below 10 years old can’t travel in the front seat of a vehicle in France, unless there are no rear seats or the rear seats are already occupied by another child under 10.

    Babies travelling in the front seat must be placed in an approved rear-facing baby seat with the airbag turned off.

    Children under 10 must also use a suitable, approved booster seat or restraint, depending on their age and weight. Child restraints are classified in five different groups by European regulations:

    • Group 0 (under 10 kg):Rear-facing child seat placed in front passenger seat with airbag switched off or back seat. Babies may also be placed in a carry cot on the rear seat.
    • Group 0+ (under 13 kg):Same as seats in Group 0, but bigger versions. The same installation rules apply.
    • Group 1 (9-18 kg):Child seat with a 5-point harness or protection tray.
    • Group 2 (15 - 25 kg):Booster seat or cushion with an adult seat belt.
    • Group 3 (22 - 36 kg):Booster seat or cushion with an adult seat belt.

    Drink-driving laws in France

    The maximum legal blood alcohol level for drivers in France is 0.05%, which is just over half the 0.08% limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    For bus and coach drivers, as well as drivers with less than three years' experience, the limit is even lower at 0.02%.

    If you’re caught with a blood alcohol level between 0.05% and 0.08%, you may face a fine of €135, losing your licence or having your car confiscated. If your blood alcohol level is higher than 0.08%, this is considered a criminal offence and can result in a fine of up to €4,500 and even a prison sentence of 2 years.

    Breathalyser tests

    Police have the power to carry out random breath tests, and tests are compulsory after an injury-causing accident or when a driver has committed a serious motoring offence.

    Mobile phones and headphones

    It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in France, however completely hands-free mobile phone units are allowed. It’s also illegal to use headphones or earbuds, including bluetooth devices.

    Using a hand-held mobile phone or headphones while driving can lead to a fine of €135.

    Lights

    It’s recommended by the French government that all vehicles use dipped headlights at all times when driving in France.

    Headlamp beam deflectors need to be used by UK drivers to adapt to driving on the right-hand side of the road. These stop headlights from dazzling other drivers. If you’re caught driving without beam deflectors, you may face a fine.

    You may also be liable to pay an on-the-spot fine if you’re caught driving with a broken bulb, so it’s recommended that drivers carry a spare set of bulbs in their vehicle at all times.

    Tyre requirements in France

    When driving in France, all vehicles must have tyres with a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. If this depth is less than 1.6 mm – even in one place – the tyre is too smooth and must be changed.

    Winter tyre requirements

    From 2021, every year during the winter period (from 1 November to 31 March), vehicles must be equipped with winter tyres or snow chains in certain mountainous areas of France. These areas include the Alps, the Massif Central, the Jura Mountains, the Pyrenees and the Vosges.

    Road signs indicate entry to a zone where winter tyre regulations apply, as well as exit from the zone. There are also signs reminding motorists of the dates of the winter period when these rules apply.

    Drivers have the choice of either:

    • carrying at least two snow chains
    • equipping their vehicle with at least 4 winter tyres, mounted on at least 2 wheels on each axle

    Winter tyres must be ‘3PMSF’ (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake) tyres, marked with the Alpine symbol and the letters ‘M+S’, ‘M.S’ or ‘M&S’.

    Motor insurance in France

    All vehicles driving in France must have a minimum of third-party insurance cover. You’ll need to have your insurance documents with you at all times.

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    Fines in France

    On-the-spot fines

    If you’re caught violating French traffic laws, the authorities are authorised to issue and collect fines on the spot.

    Standard fines range from €11 to €750, depending on the severity of the offence. They may be reduced if payment is made within 15 days (or 3 days if paid in person) or increased if payment is not made within 45 days following the offence.

    If a serious offence is committed that is likely to result in the loss of the driver’s licence or a prison sentence, then visiting motorists must pay a guarantee.

    Payment for on-the-spot fines can be made in euros, by cheque from a French bank or by travellers' cheques.

    Parking fines

    Illegally parked vehicles, including those belonging to visiting motorists from outside of France, may be towed and impounded. The vehicle’s owner must then pay for the cost of impounding, which increases every 24 hours the vehicle is kept.

    Illegally parked vehicles may also be clamped. If this occurs, the driver must pay a fine for illegal parking, and another fine to have the vehicle released from the wheel clamps.

    Parking regulations in France

    On roads with two side-by-side lanes, parking is only allowed on the right-hand side. On one-way streets, parking is allowed on both sides as long as the street is wide enough.

    Continuous yellow lines on the road or kerb indicate that both stopping and parking are prohibited in this location. Broken yellow lines indicate that parking is prohibited.

    If payment is required for parking, this will be indicated by road signs.

    Disabled parking in France

    Public parking will have spaces reserved for disabled access only, which can only be occupied by vehicles with a disabled badge. This badge allows the vehicle to park in disabled parking spaces, but doesn’t usually exempt them from any parking fees.

    If parking is free but controlled by time limits, disabled badge holders are generally allowed to park without time limits.

    Negotiations are taking place about the recognition and use of UK Blue Badges in some European countries since Brexit. In France, it’s currently undecided whether UK Blue Badges are recognised. Check with the French Embassy before travelling.

    Fuel in France

    Availability of fuel

    Unleaded petrol, diesel fuel and LPG are widely available throughout the whole of France, at petrol stations, supermarket petrol stations and motorway filling stations.

    The following fuel types are common:

    • Sans plomb 95 – Higher octane petrol
    • Sans plomb 98 – Standard octane petrol
    • Gazole – Diesel

    SP95-E10 (sans plomb (unleaded) 95 Octane + 10% Ethanol) is widely available but is not suitable for use in all cars. Make sure to check with your vehicle manufacturer before using it. If you aren’t sure, use the standard SP95 or SP98 unleaded fuel.

    You might also come across diesel fuel containing 8% biodiesel. This ‘B8’ isn’t suitable for use in all cars, and you should again check with your vehicle manufacturer before using it.

    Fuel prices in France

    Fuel prices in France, as with everywhere else, may vary. You can use a websiteto check current prices before you travel.

    How do I pay for fuel in France?

    Credit and debit cards are accepted at petrol stations. There are also many automatic petrol pumps that can be operated by credit or debit cards, though they do not always accept foreign cards.

    Cash is generally only accepted at petrol stations with manned kiosks, which can be difficult to find. Motorists wanting to pay in cash will have to work harder to find a manned kiosk.

    Electric cars in France

    Where can I charge my electric car in France?

    France is a very well-developed country when it comes to electric cars, with plenty of charging stations available. The majority are in cities and large towns, close to hotels, shopping centres, supermarkets, large car parks and service stations.

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    You can use an online map like Chargemap to locate electric vehicle charging points in France.

    How do I pay for electric car charging?

    Most electric car charging stations in France are self-service, and paid for using either a credit or debit card, or an app which you can top up with money as required. Make sure to do your research on which method works best for you, and if using an app make sure to always keep it topped up with money so you don’t encounter any problems with charging.

    In many large service stations and supermarkets, such as Auchan and Leclerc, you can also borrow a ‘badge de recharge’, which is a swipe card to use for EV charging.

    They may ask to see the registration certificate for the vehicle and may also ask for a small deposit for the card.

    Tips for driving an electric car in France
    • Plan out your routes in advance using a map of charging stations, so you can recharge as needed.
    • Plan to charge your electric car overnight if possible.
    • Download and register with apps to use and pay for charging points to make the process smoother.
    • Avoid periods of high congestion, especially in built-up areas, as sitting in traffic for long periods can drain your electric car battery.

    Riding a motorcycle in France

    Motorcycle regulations
    • All motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day and at night.
    • Riders on any two-wheeled vehicle, including motorcycles, must wear a crash helmet. This also applies to any passengers.
    • All helmets must display reflective stickers on the front, rear and sides in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 22. A sticker of minimum surface area 18cm2 must be visible from the front, rear, left and right, and within each sticker it must be possible to mark either a circle of 40 millimetres in diameter or a rectangle at least 12.5cm2 in surface area, and at least 20 millimetres in width.
    • The driver and passengers of mopeds, motorcycles, motor tricycles and motor quadricycles must wear a pair of CE-certified gloves while riding. This applies all year round whatever the weather, and you could be fined for not doing so.

    Driving with a caravan or trailer in France

    With a standard driving licence, motorists are allowed to tow a trailer with a maximum mass of 750 kilograms, including both the trailer and its load.

    It’s forbidden in France to carry passengers in a moving caravan.

    Speed limits for cars towing a caravan or trailer

    The maximum speed limit for a car towing a caravan or trailer depends on their total weight.

    • Under 3.5t: 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on dual carriageways, 80 km/h on other roads, 50 km/h in built-up areas.
    • 3.5 to 12t: 90 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on dual carriageways, 60 km/h on other roads, 50 km/h in built-up areas.
    • Over 12t: 90 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on dual carriageways, 60 km/h on other roads, 50 km/h in built-up areas.

    Tolls in France

    French motorways are marked by the letter A for Autoroute, followed by numbers. Most French autoroutes are operated by private companies and are therefore toll motorways. Entrances to them are marked with the word "Péage".

    When entering an autoroute with a toll, you’ll pick up a ticket as you enter. Tolls are then paid either as you leave the autoroute, or when the toll area comes to an end. In certain places there are fixed toll points, usually in urban areas or toll bridges.

    You can calculate how much you’ll have to pay at tolls by planning your route and looking at a map of tolls and corresponding fee information. You can find a map of French autoroutes with key rates here.

    Paying for tolls

    There are multiple methods for paying tolls in France. You can either pay in cash or with a Visa or Mastercard card.

    There’s also the option of using an electronic toll tag, which allows you to avoid queues by driving in a specified toll tag lane without having to physically stop and pay. You’ll have to pay to purchase the tag, as well as an annual fee to use it, but it may be worth it if you travel in France regularly or are planning a long journey and want to save as much time as possible.

    Toll booths in France are designed for left-hand drive cars, so right-hand drive cars may find them hard to navigate without the help of a passenger.

    Toll-free routes

    If you want to avoid spending any money on tolls, there are some toll-free routes through France. Though most motorways are privately-owned and tolled, there are a few free motorways, as well as some long-distance dual carriageways.

    It’s possible to drive through the whole of France while avoiding any tolls, though this is not necessarily the best nor the most economical solution.

    Roadside assistance in France

    As the majority of French motorways are privately managed, it’s against the law to call for your own assistance company to aid you if you break down.

    In the event of a break down on a motorway or main road, there are orange emergency telephones situated every 2km which you should use to call the police or an official break down service. If no orange telephone is available, you can dial 112 on your own phone to contact the emergency services, who should be able to assist you.

    What to expect

    Once you have contacted the police or break down service, your vehicle will be towed to a safe area where you can then be met by your chosen breakdown provider.

    If you are planning a driving trip through France, check out our European breakdown cover page for a quote. Our cover ensures driving in France is never a worry – if your vehicle breaks down, we'll help.

    We offer alternative accommodation and travel arrangements, recovery of your vehicle back to the UK, and up to £50,000 in legal costs

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    FAQs

    Is it difficult to drive in Monaco? ›

    Road Situation

    However, Monaco's roads are signposted and smooth, so navigating around is a lot easier. You can expect narrow roads as you explore some areas in Monaco, especially the small villages, that will require you to park your car and explore them on foot.

    How many warning triangles do I need in France? ›

    2. Warning triangle. Along with a high-vis vest for all of the car's occupants, a warning triangle is a legal requirement in France. Most modern cars now come with one fitted as standard, but don't rely upon the manufacturer giving you one.

    Do I need breathalyser in France 2022? ›

    Do I need a breathalyser to drive in France? Strictly speaking, you're required to have a breathalyser kit in your vehicle when driving in France, but the reality is that no penalty will be imposed if you can't present one during a police road check.

    Do I need a green card to drive in Monaco? ›

    The city's speed limits are strictly enforced. Do I need a green card to drive in Monaco? It's not essential to carry a green card to drive in Monaco, but it can be useful as it proves you have at least the minimum compulsory third-party insurance cover required when driving in Europe.

    Can you get by with English in Monaco? ›

    However, due to the cosmopolitan nature of the Principality, its inhabitants often speak several languages and it is easy to make yourself understood. So whether you speak French, English, Italian or Monegasque, in Monaco you will always find someone to understand you.

    Do they check passport in Monaco? ›

    Foreign nationals wishing to stay in the Principality for less than three months require a passport, and in some cases a visa – which are necessary to enter French territory.

    Do I need a clean air sticker in France? ›

    Yes, you will need a Crit'Air sticker to drive in Paris. Central Paris is covered with a permanent low-emissions zone (ZCR) that means all vehicles need to display a Crit'Air vignette to be allowed entry during certain times.

    What does rappel mean in French signs? ›

    What does the French road sign 'rappel' mean? You'll often see the word 'rappel' underneath speed limit signs in France. It translates as 'reminder' and its purpose is to remind you that speed restrictions are still in place, so you need to stick to the specified limit.

    Do I need a crit air sticker to drive in France? ›

    The Crit'Air certificate is obligatory for all vehicles driving around, or parked in, restricted or alternate driving zones, as well as certain LEZ (Low Emissions Zones). It is therefore obligatory for driving in cities such as Paris, Lyon, Lille and numerous other French conurbations.

    What do UK drivers need in France? ›

    To drive in France you must be 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. You do not need to carry an additional International Driving Permit (IDP). If you do not own the vehicle you're driving, you should get written permission from the registered owner.

    Can I use my phone as a sat nav in France? ›

    Google maps works pretty well in France, I'd say as well as it does in the US. You either need a data plan or to download offline maps (or both). Offline maps will only give driving directions I think, not walking or public transport. I've also used my Garmin Nuvi GPS with European maps, and that works well too.

    Do you need two warning triangles in France? ›

    French law requires each car to carry warning triangles and high-vis jackets for all occupants (which must be easily accessible). While it was also mandatory to carry a French government certified breathalyser or alcohol detection test kit in your car, this law has now been repealed and no longer applies.

    Can I drive in Monaco with a UK license? ›

    To drive in Monaco you must have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. If you are driving a vehicle that does not belong to you then written permission from the registered owner may also be required. The minimum age for driving a car is 18 years. Speed and alcohol limits are strictly enforced.

    Are there speed limits in Monaco? ›

    Speed Limits

    Speed limit within Monaco is 50 km/h (31 mph) unless signs mark otherwise.

    Do UK drivers need a green card? ›

    UK-based drivers do not need to carry green cards for their vehicles when travelling to these countries. Government guidance on insurance for driving abroad may be found here. If you are driving with a trailer or caravan, you may need to register it before travelling.

    Can of Coke in Monaco? ›

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    Is English spoken in Monte Carlo? ›

    French is the official language spoken in Monaco. As a hugely popular international tourist destination you may well find that in many restaurants, bars and hotels English is spoken.

    Can you drink alcohol in Monaco? ›

    Can you drink in public in Monaco? Yes, it is perfectly legal to drink in the streets of Monaco.

    Is there passport control between Monaco and France? ›

    As mentioned above, Schengen visa policy applies in Monaco. France handles immigration and customs matters. Furthermore, most foreigners travel to Monaco via France. To fly into France, international visitors must hold the relevant documents: valid passport, Schengen visa or, from November 2023, ETIAS.

    Do I need cash in Monaco? ›

    But even if you're not a high roller, Monaco isn't cheap. You're going to need some cash to make the most of it. ATMs are a handy way to withdraw local currency while you're in Monaco, as long as you avoid common pitfalls and unnecessary fees.

    Is there a border control between France and Monaco? ›

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    What documents must you carry when driving in France? ›

    Documents for Driving in France

    A valid full (not provisional) driving licence. A vehicle registration document (V5c) - the original not a copy, called "carte grise" (grey card) in France. A motor insurance certificate. Passport(s)

    Do I need a UK sticker on my car in France? ›

    From 28 September 2021, you must identify that your vehicle is from the UK when driving abroad. If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker to drive in France.

    What documents do I need to drive through France? ›

    To drive in France, you will also need proof of insurance, proof of ownership of your car (V5C) and your passport.

    What does a yellow KERB mean in France? ›

    The single yellow line along near the curb means you should not wait or park there for the times indicated.

    Who has priority on French roundabouts? ›

    In most countries, vehicles which are already on the roundabout get priority. On traditional roundabouts in France, however, vehicles entering the flow of traffic from the right get right-of-way, meaning drivers must yield even though they are already on the roundabout.

    Can I turn right on a red light in France? ›

    In France, a right turn on red without stopping is allowed when a separate arrow-shaped amber light flashes, but drivers do not have priority. They must check if any pedestrians are crossing before turning and must give way to vehicles coming from other directions. A sign can also permit cyclists to turn right on red.

    What do I need for driving in France 2022? ›

    To drive in France you'll need the following:
    1. Driving licence.
    2. Vehicle insurance.
    3. Vehicle registration document.
    4. UK sticker or plates.
    5. Warning triangle.
    6. Reflective jacket.

    Are crash helmets compulsory in France? ›

    Helmets are not compulsory for adults when cycling in France, but are compulsory for children under 12 years of age. Adults accompanying the child can be fined between €90 and €135 depending on the situation.

    Do I need proof of insurance to drive in France? ›

    In addition, you'll also need to have your certificate of motor insurance to prove you have the minimum cover required to drive in France, as well as your car's logbook or V5C document to prove you own the car.

    Does UK car insurance cover you in France? ›

    All UK vehicle insurance provides the minimum third party cover to drive in: the EU (including Ireland) Andorra.

    Can I drive in France if my licence is with DVLA? ›

    A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent.

    Can you rent a car in France with UK driving licence? ›

    In order to hire a car in France you must hold a full UK driving licence that is at least one year old, a credit or debit card, and unlimited third-party insurance. After Brexit you will also need your passport for identification and an International Driving Permit if you do not hold a mainland UK driving licence.

    Do UK sat navs work in France? ›

    Any satnav will work.

    How can I avoid roaming charges in France? ›

    Visiting France this Summer? 3 Tips to Avoid Roaming Charges
    1. Take out a pre-paid roaming deal. Several phone companies offer EU roaming packages for travellers, so take the time to research your options and sign up for a pre-paid deal before your trip. ...
    2. Buy a pre-paid SIM card. ...
    3. Turn roaming off.
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    Can I use my UK phone in France? ›

    An EU-wide law introduced in 2017 means that for anyone with a sim card from an EU country (currently including the UK), they can use their phone wherever they are in the EU at no extra cost.

    Do I need a GB sticker in France after Brexit? ›

    From 28 September 2021, you'll need a UK sticker instead of a GB sticker on your vehicle to drive abroad. You do not need to carry a green card to drive in the EU (including Ireland), Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, or Switzerland.

    Why do French driver's leave indicators on? ›

    Because of this, the French will neurotically leave their indicator going when driving on the outer lanes of a motorway to show that they are still OVERTAKING, and then indicate when they are going back to the inside lane.

    Is driving in France difficult? ›

    Driving around some of the main cities can be difficult too, because of traffic. Some streets in old town centers and old villages can be narrow. Most foreigners will find that parking is the most difficult part of driving in France.

    Is it difficult to drive in Monaco? ›

    Road Situation

    However, Monaco's roads are signposted and smooth, so navigating around is a lot easier. You can expect narrow roads as you explore some areas in Monaco, especially the small villages, that will require you to park your car and explore them on foot.

    Do Brits need a visa for Monaco? ›

    France handles immigration and customs matters for Monaco. If your passport describes you as a British Citizen you will not need a visa to enter France or Monaco.

    Is there free parking in Monaco? ›

    Although there is a charge for using most of the car parks in Monaco, they are a relatively easy and attractive solution. All of the “Monaco Parking” car parks offer one hour's free parking. Every day, around 100,000 vehicles enter and leave the Principality.

    Can you take a rental car from France to Monaco? ›

    Usually, traveling to Monaco and Italy in a car rented in France should not be a problem, as long as you have valid insurance.

    Do you need a spare TYRE in France? ›

    Is it compulsory to carry a spare wheel in France? There is no legal requirement to carry a spare wheel as most cars no longer have them. However, you should make sure you check all your tyres before setting off. All motor vehicles and their trailers must have tyres with a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

    Does Monaco have left hand traffic? ›

    In fact, there are 78 countries and territories that observe LHT, or left-hand traffic. This means that all drivers drive on the left side of the road.
    ...
    Countries that Drive on the Right 2022.
    Country2022 Population
    Liechtenstein39,327
    Monaco36,469
    San Marino33,660
    Palau18,055
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    Do I need a green card for driving in France 2022? ›

    Do I need a Green Card to drive in the EU? No. A Green Card was needed to drive in the EU straight after Brexit, but this is no longer the case. You don't need to carry a Green Card if you're driving in the EU (including Ireland), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia or Andorra.

    Can you be a UK citizen but not a resident? ›

    You're automatically non-resident if either: you spent fewer than 16 days in the UK (or 46 days if you have not been classed as UK resident for the 3 previous tax years) you work abroad full-time (averaging at least 35 hours a week) and spent fewer than 91 days in the UK, of which no more than 30 were spent working.

    What is the British equivalent of a green card? ›

    Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is the term for British settlement or permanent residency. ILR status allows you to live and work in the UK without restrictions on the length of stay. It is the equivalent of the United States permanent residency/ green card.

    Is it easy to drive to Monaco Nice? ›

    Getting from Nice to Monaco is easy if you have a car. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from Nice to Monaco. This option is great if you plan a French Riviera road trip, but we don't recommend renting a car only for a day trip Nice to Monaco.

    Why is it so difficult to overtake in Monaco? ›

    The track is too narrow to allow the latest generation of cars to overtake, the hospitality facilities are too small to comfortably accommodate the teams' sponsors and guests, and the money Monaco contributes to F1 looks in race fees like small change compared with events in the Middle East.

    How do you get around in Monaco? ›

    By car, bicycle, bus or on foot, Monaco is a great place to be. Walking is the best way to explore Monaco, its heritage and the local way of life. There are numerous public lifts and escalators, allowing you to reach each district within minutes. It takes just 45 minutes to cross Monaco from east to west on foot.

    Do drivers like Monaco? ›

    The Monaco Grand Prix is a firm favourite among Formula One drivers. They love the romance, the tradition and the history of the place.

    How many days in Monaco is enough? ›

    Since Monaco is a pretty small country, it means that you can easily visit it as a day trip, but of course, there are lots of people who prefers to spend a bit more time here. If you plan to take part in as many activities as possible and take it slow, 3 days 2 nights is sufficient for a stay here.

    What do I need to know before going to Monaco? ›

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    2. 2 Understand That Monaco Is Not France. ...
    3. 3 There's A Dress Code. ...
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    5. 5 You'll Be Walking Everywhere. ...
    6. 6 It's Really Small But Heavily Populated. ...
    7. 7 Be Prepared To Pay A Lot. ...
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    Is one day enough for Monaco? ›

    One day in Monaco is enough to see the most important attractions of this mini state. You will visit the Monte Carlo district and the casino, the port with yachts and the Old Town with its palace. There will be plenty of impressions to take away! You can get to Monaco from Nice by regional train, bus, scooter, or car.

    How many crashes were there in Monaco? ›

    The race circuit has many elevation changes, tight corners, and a narrow course that makes it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One racing. As of 2022, two drivers have crashed and ended up in the harbour, the most famous being Alberto Ascari in 1955.

    Does Monaco have a speed limit? ›

    Speed Limits

    Speed limit within Monaco is 50 km/h (31 mph) unless signs mark otherwise.

    What is the hardest track to overtake? ›

    The worst F1 tracks for overtaking tend to be tracks like Monaco, Hungary, and Spain. These tracks historically see the least overtakes during races, and this is because they are bad tracks for overtaking. This is due to various reasons, including; track layout, track width, and lack of straights.

    What is the dress code in Monaco? ›

    Smart casual dress is the order of the day. In Monaco, that means a dress, skirt or pants for women and a shirt or polo shirt with jacket/blazer and trousers for men. Shorts are not recommended for men or women.

    Can of Coke in Monaco? ›

    Summary: Family of four estimated monthly costs are 5,859$ (5,930€) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 1,585$ (1,604€) without rent.
    ...
    Cost of Living in Monaco.
    RestaurantsEdit
    Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)7.19€
    Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)8.70€
    Cappuccino (regular)4.17€
    Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)5.42€
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    Can you drink alcohol in Monaco? ›

    Can you drink in public in Monaco? Yes, it is perfectly legal to drink in the streets of Monaco.

    Do F1 drivers hang out in Monaco? ›

    Many Formula 1 drivers live in Monte Carlo, along with many very famous sportsmen, great champions of the past and various celebrities.

    Why do rich people move to Monaco? ›

    Notable billionaires chose to migrate to Monaco to avoid losing their riches to tax, including Sir Philip Green and the Barclay Brothers. The 2019 Knight Frank Wealth Report found that of the total population of about 38,000, more than 12,000 people are millionaires, which equates to more than 30%.

    Where do the drivers stay in Monaco? ›

    Where Do Current F1 Drivers Live?
    DriverPlace of Residence
    Lewis HamiltonMonte Carlo, Monaco (used to live in Switzerland).
    Valterri BottasMonte Carlo, Monaco.
    Max VerstappenMonte Carlo, Monaco.
    Sergio PerezPrimarily Guadalajara, Mexico. (Rents a house in Europe during the season).
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