The Ultimate Guide to the Monaco Yacht Show

Yachts in Hercule Harbour in Monaco
Yachts in Hercule Harbour in Monaco | © NRThaele / Pixabay
Photo of Holly Howard
10 July 2018

The Monaco Yacht Show is a four-day event that takes place each year in Monaco’s deepwater port, Port Hercules, and is Europe’s biggest in-water display of superyachts of over 20 metres long. At any time of the year, impressive yachts are moored in the principality’s harbour, but this annual trade show really does take luxury yachting to a whole new level.

125 one-off superyachts feature in the Monaco boat show

The Monaco Yacht Show was started in 1991 by the French entrepreneur Maurice Cohen and was most recently acquired by British event organiser Informa in 2005. Today, the show has grown to curate an exhibition of 125 superyachts, welcoming over 550 companies from the yachting industry and unveiling 45 new launches in a worldwide premiere.

Mega yachts in Monaco harbour | © MrTopper007 / Flickr

How to be dazzled by the Monaco yachts

The Monaco Yacht Show is taking place from September 26-29 in 2018. There are a couple of different passes that visitors can buy for visiting the show. Firstly, The Daily Pass is €280 and valid for one day of your choice during the show. It gives visitors access to all the exhibition spaces but doesn’t include access to the yachts themselves.

The Professional Pass is for professionals of the nautical and luxury markets and costs a cool €950, while the Sapphire Experience doesn’t come with a provided price tag, which gives you an idea of the kind of exclusive visit it is. It is reserved for future superyacht charterers or owners and more details and contact information are available on the event’s website.

The Lady Moura frequently moors in Monaco | © Berthold Werner / WikiCommons

Something for car lovers, too

In 2016, the Monaco Yacht Show introduced Car Deck, an exhibition space within the boat show to showcase luxury cars. Manufacturers have included Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and more. Take a look at the yacht show’s layout for information on entrances, lounges, refreshment areas and more.

Port Hercules plays host to Europe's biggest in-water display of large yachts | © Free-Photos / Pixabay

Arrive by helicopter

In for a penny, in for a pound. Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular ways to travel to Monaco is by helicopter, which could be just what you’re looking for if planning an exclusive trip to the Monaco Yacht Show. Monacair links the Nice airport to Monaco in just seven minutes. In true Monaco fashion, seven minutes will set you back €130!

Monaco’s train station connects with Nice’s main station, too, which provides a slightly more affordable option and of course, you can drive to the principality, as long as the underground parking systems don’t put you off.

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