coach services in France
Long-distance bus or coach services are new in France. Until 2015 there
were virtually none, other than interregional services or international
services passing through France.
TER bus operated by the SNCF in the framework of regional public
That is all in the process of changing, and
long-distance coach services are now expanding quite fast.
For visitors based in the UK, low-cost domestic
coach services and services to France can now be found on the Ouibus
section of French railways' UK website.
Within France, coach services also exist at a regional
most French cities have an "autogare" or a "gare routière" -
station - with regular services within the region, and sometimes
further afield. Bus services most frequently cover routes for which
there is no train service, and are sometimes run by or for the SNCF,
French railway operator. These services appear in the railway
timetable, and cost the same as trains, but may be subsidesed.
One region with good and extensive intercity coach services is
(PACA) region, with routes linking Marseilles, Avignon,
Nice, Briancon and other cities. Further information on services in
this region is available on Info-LER website.
Urban bus services
in French cities
most, if not all, French cities, urban bus services are provided at a
flat-rate charge for individual journeys. Just buy a ticket from the
driver when you get in. It will not normally cost more than a Euro -
maybe as little as 20 cents, it depends on the town - and will be valid
for one journey or one hour's travel. Many cities have bus services
that operate well out into the suburbs or even the country. For
instance, in Nice, a city bus ticket will get you out to Villefranche
Many towns offer season tickets or passes on
their bus services, though these are generally designed for residents,
including students, are nominal, and require a photo.
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Coach services in France.
for visitors from the UK check out the Ouibus