Going to the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix at Monte-Carlo
18th February 2012, 18:24 at 6:24 pm #180947
Me and my dad are going to the Monaco Grand Prix this year and I absolutely can not wait. I’m in the higher grand stand K for the actual race on Sunday and I have been hearing rumours of having this ‘radio 5 live’ thing to hear the commentating in English. Anyone have any ideas what it is or how I get it?
Thank you for any replies (:19th February 2012, 8:52 at 8:52 am #180948
Hi Mea Mea
I think you are referring to Fanvision (used to be Kangaroo TV) as I believe this is the only way you can receive the 5 Live commentary (you cannot receive it on a normal portable radio.) We had major problems with this last year, as did a lot of other people who paid for it. I am not sure if it is due to Monaco being a built up area as we have never had issues at other circuits. When we returned it to the collection office everyone was complaining about it not working. We had a lot of Americans on our grandstand who had all hired one and they were all having problems with it. The transmission was fine on the Thursday (although we were on the 7th floor for the day) but on both qualifying and race day which was on K high, we had part of the time when we had no signal at all which was really frustrating. The other downside was that at last year’s race 5 Live stopped transmitting when the race was stopped so when it was restarted there was no commentary from them. The other problem we had was that the device has to be returned to the office by a set time after the race. Unfortunately the problem with this is that it is above the train station and all the roads were blocked off by the police to control people going into the station. We managed to return it about 5 minutes before the deadline, I am sure a lot of other people did not. We complained about the lack of service, as were many other people in the office, and it was noted against the device details. We subsequently received a refund. Not sure if they will have taken steps to try and improve it for this year. Was about £100 for the 3 day hire last year.19th February 2012, 13:08 at 1:08 pm #180949
So this Fanvision you have to hire at the race track? Can you buy them online somewhere? That would be a lot easier. We are only there for Saturday qualy and Sunday race day. Is that the only way for getting the commentary in English? And also when going onto the grand stand K higher, do you have allocated seats or is it just first come first served? I hope they have improved it by the sounds of it, it wasn’t at all great last year and this is my first grand prix experience and so I don’t want it to be ruined by poor signal.19th February 2012, 15:35 at 3:35 pm #180950
Hi Mea Mea
I am not sure if you can hire them on the day, we booked in advance and then collected it on the first day we were in Monaco. Fanvision have their own web site and once the F1 season starts they will publish costs etc for the race. You can buy them, but unless you are attending other races during the year, this is an expensive option. There is commentary in English at the circuit, however, Monaco is one of the few circuits where due to it being a street circuit the noise levels are much higher as you are far closer to the cars so it can be quite difficult to hear what is being said. Having said that, there is a massive screen at the side of K grandstand so you can see who is in what position. The fanvision can be a little distracting from the race as you tend to keep looking at stats etc instead of concentrating on the race. The grandstand seats are allocated on your ticket- it will tell which part of K grandstand you are on – this is a massive granstand which goes around the harbour so it is split into sectors, eg 1, 2, 3 etc and it will then show you the row and seat number. The only day seats are not allocated is the Thursday when it is a case of first come first served seating wise. When you arrive at the grandstand they have stewards who show you to your seat and if someone else has chanced their arm at sitting there as they think it is a better seat than theirs they are soon moved on. You are very lucky if this is your first race experience, Monaco is an amazing experience.19th February 2012, 16:04 at 4:04 pm #180951
So I guess we shall book them on the actual website when the season starts and the race dates are on the website. I’ll only get one and have an adapter in it so both of us can hear the commentating. I’ve also heard from different forums like this that it is a big size screen TV and you can see it but on the other hand its quite small and you would need binoculars, so I guess it’s just a matter of knowing and sussing it out when you are actually there. I think my tickets are coming in the last week of march sometime so I’ll wait till then to see where we are sitting, hope there good seats! haha. Yeah I only got into formula last year but I love the sport so much now. My dad used to like it but it got boring for him but ever since I started watching it now he’s beginning to love it as well. I wish we could go on the pit lane walk though but our plane arrives late at night so we are a little bit upset about that but hopefully we might see a driver or two?
Thank you for helping me out (:22nd February 2012, 10:48 at 10:48 am #180952
Hi Mea Mea & Caroline
FanVision used to have booths in Monaco near the track where you could collect and return their units but stopped this a couple of years ago. Recently they requested feedback from their agents like us and asked us to vote for which races we wanted booths at (they won’t do all of the races) and I’m sure we were not alone in voting for this service to return to Monaco so hopefully they will listen. It is of no benefit to us really as, because we are ordering hundreds of units, they are delivered to us at the track for us to distribute to our guests…but it is much better for individual fans so fingers crossed.
Have fun in Monaco Mea Mea, what a great first race to attend.
Ed22nd February 2012, 10:54 at 10:54 am #180953
Check out the info below, there is a phone number also and someone there should be able to help you. All the best.
Chemin des Pêcheurs parking lot, built to serve Monaco-Ville, located under Oceanographic Museum; holds 55 busses and 750 private cars.
In Fontvieille, more than 2,700 places for private cars, other main car parks located in the Condamine on the Place St. Dévote, in Monte-Carlo under the Boulingrins Gardens, Avenue Princesse Grace (Larvotto and Portier), Boulevard de Belgique, Avenue St. Charles, Avenue des Spélugues (the Metropole gallery), Boulevard Louis II, Avenue de la Costa and Place des Moulins.
For more parking information call: (+377) 93 15 88 2722nd February 2012, 16:14 at 4:14 pm #180954
I hope someone can share some local Nice accommodation knowledge, I’m in a bit of a bind!
I have my tickets to both quali (K1 high) and race day (K2 high) (thanks for the advice found on here) but I still don’t have any accommodation!!!! Can you recommend any hotels? Which websites should I look and book on? I’m flying into Nice on the 25th and leaving from there early on the morning of the 28th so I’m hoping to stay in Nice for the three nights and was keen to find somewhere near the train station for less than 200 euro a night (I’d like something cheaper if possible). I just need a bed in a clean, secure room, I don’t need ‘bells and whistles’.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
UPDATE: Accommodation booked at a B&B in Nice. I can’t wait be in the stands for my first GP!22nd February 2012, 22:28 at 10:28 pm #180955
Staying in VSM for our first f1. Will it be best to take the train, bus, or taxi into Monaco? Are advanced tickets required for the train, or is it a hop on hop off regional type system (like NYC metro trains)?
Advice is appreciated.
John27th February 2012, 14:01 at 2:01 pm #180956
Hi everybody. I’m looking for some info from someone who has been to the Monaco GP. I’ll be there this year and am hiring a car. I hear a lot about the train service from Nice to Monaco, but as I need to have the car anyway I would like to get my money’s worth from it. I hear there are several underground car parks in Monaco, but I imagine they are monumentally expensive over the race weekend. Does anybody know if it’s possible to park either cheaply or for free outside of Monaco and walk to the track? Either at a site set up for race fans or just on the surrounding roads?29th February 2012, 10:10 at 10:10 am #180957
A really interesting forum. This is my first visit to the Monaco Grand Prix, it’s a birthday treat from my family, unfortunately non of them are interested in motorsport.
I have my tickets for K Stand High, my flights with BA booked, my hotel reserved in Nice town centre and my rail tickets – so I guess that I am just about ready, my question concerns the “yacht parties” is it possible for a single individual to pay for admission, if not are there any other parties that I may be able to attend, I am in Monaco for Friday, Sat. and Sunday.
Is there any best times to arrive and leave the race track on these days.
Geoff29th February 2012, 12:28 at 12:28 pm #180958
Hi Raymond, glad you got yourself sorted for accommodation. If your B&B is located very close to the train station just keep your wits about you at night – Nice is the same as any other big city, the train stations can attract a certain type of person at night.
A side note for anyone travelling by train during the GP weekend, be careful in the station, on the stairs (a favourite spot for this), on the platform and the train itself – there are lots of pickpockets in operation especially when the trains are corded and people are close or you are carrying bags etc.
Hope you have fun at the GP Raymond.
Ed29th February 2012, 12:42 at 12:42 pm #180959
If you can afford it then a taxi would be my first choice simply for the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation and the taxi driver will/should know how to get you as close as possible to the track (not that it’s far from the train station).
Train would be my second choice, really convenient as the station in Monaco is very close to the track. The station in Villefranche is located at Avenue Georges Clemenceau
06230 VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER so you can find out how close this is to your accommodation.
Not sure about the timetable but if you go to ter-sncf DOT com you’ll get more info. From memory I don’t believe all of the trains heading to Monaco stop at VSM so I would check this out beforehand and that website should help you with booking your ticket in advance also.
I personally would avoid the bus unless it was the only alternative to walking!
Hope that helps.
Ed29th February 2012, 12:47 at 12:47 pm #180960
There is a little info on parking a few posts up in my reply to Thomas which might help. The telephone number for the parking office in Monaco is For more parking information call: (+377) 93 15 88 27.
You can park around Monaco and walk but, depending on when you are arriving, you will just need to drive around, pay attention to any signs outlining the restrictions (they don’t mess about in Monaco, they simply lift your car and take it away if you breach the regulations) and hope for the best. You could try Fontvielle, the area beyond the tunnel which forms part of the track towards the Monte Carlo Bay hotel or the areas above Casino Square towards Beuasoliel.
Hope that helps
Ed29th February 2012, 12:54 at 12:54 pm #180961
That’s a great gift, happy birthday when it comes.
Yes you can buy individual tickets to yacht parties (apart from those which are invite only of course).
There are also several other parties and nightclubs in some of the hotels (Jimmy’z, Amber Lounge, Billionaires Club, etc.).
There is a new party this year but we can’t give any details at the moment until the final contracts are agreed with the BIG acts that we hope to have appearing. Keep in touch and I’ll keep you up to date with developments on this if you like. We also have yacht parties so if you want prices/details email me directly as I don’t like posting commercial stuff here, it’s not why I joined the forum, I’m here to help other F1 fans.
There are also lots of bars and restaurants, the who;e place is electric over the weekend, especially after the race so you won’t be short of somewhere to go. In terms of the best time to leave the track…leave when you have had enough fun :). If you are getting the train back to Nice the last one from Monaco is around midnight, not sure exactly but thereabouts.
If I can help with anything else for you or anyone else let me know.
All the best
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