- the reliable guide - France as it really is
Essential travel information for France
This page is a hub.
Use the links below to find information about different aspects of
travelling to France or different ways of getting round France once
you've arrived - with or without a car.
Being about 1000 km from east to west and 1000 km
from North to south, France is a large country by European standards,
and one where tourism inevitably involves travel.... even if it's just
a matter of getting there.
Travel to France
France is easy, and relatively inexpensive
Travel to France
on where you are coming from, France can be reached by plane, by ferry,
by train or by car :
Visit France without a car
Essential information on the different options available for travelling
in France or travelling through France without a car.
France has an extensive network of regional
many of which are served by airlines from other parts of Europe,
including many low-cost airlines; several French airports have direct
flights to the USA or Canada, particularly to New York and Montreal.
Within France, the main form of intercity public transport is the train
, and the French TGV network of high-speed railway lines is one of the
the world - and constantly expanding. By contrast, domestic air travel
is relatively expensive except on some high-volume routes where the
airlines compete with the trains.
France has a well developed
network of motorways and main roads; most motorways are toll roads -
but you can find ways of avoiding the tolls on the pages about driving in France
In most of provincial France, driving can be a relatively
relaxed experience, as traffic is light except around main towns and on
the main regional roads. But there are tens of thousands of kilometres
of minor roads that carry very little traffic: these routes are ideal
Slow travellers can enjoy France not
only thanks to its bucolic backroads, but also by using a developing
such as the French section of the Danube-Atlantic
cycleway, which links the Rhine to the Loire, or the cycleways along
many of France's canals, such as the Canal du Midi. Completely
off-road, France has an extensive network of hiking trails
the longest of them running from the English Channel to the